This Christmas, start your festive countdown in a place like no other:
in the magical and memorable surroundings of the Zoo! 

Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with all the family, an elegant meal out with friends, or an amazing unique setting to hold the annual office Christmas party, Chester Zoo is the place to be this winter.

  From our delicious three-course Christmas lunch, to our enchanting seasonal event, The Lanterns, we have a little something for everyone to enjoy!

Take a look below at our range of seasonal goodies…


Need an exciting new venue for the annual Christmas ‘do? Bring the (wild) life to the party at our exclusive corporate Christmas event, and give your office something to look forward to this festive season! Join us to raise a toast in our beautifully restored Grade II listed building, at the heart of Chester Zoo.

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Give yourself and your loved ones a present this Christmas, and join us for an indulgent three-course Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings! And of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a glass of something special by the fire – choose from our wide range of wines, fizzy proseccos, and many more (it’s Christmas, after all!)

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Our main shop has a huge selection of Christmas goodies, perfect for presents this festive season! With unique and sustainable items suitable for all ages, finding a great gift has never been easier. Buying from our shop supports overseas organisations and conservation efforts, so you know you’re truly spreading the Christmas cheer!

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This year, our festive sparkle returns with The Lanterns, the zoo’s most spellbinding winter event. See the zoo transformed into a true wonderland, as you take a journey through nine spectacular illuminated worlds. Make magical memories with our animal characters as they guide you through the light displays.

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Thinking a bit further ahead than Christmas? We have lots of fun activities and events all year round. Take a look at some of our special events, classes and workshops here!