Bristol Zoo’s enchanted Christmas

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With stargazing, Santa’s grotto and film screenings, there’s lots to catch this Christmas at Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo has lots of family treats lined up for December. There are cinematic screenings, stargazing nights led by the Bristol Astronomical Society and, of course, the transformation of the zoological gardens into a winter wonderland inspired by the enchanted world of Narnia.

Every Sunday of December, Bristol Zoo will be screening two classic Christmas films. Frozen and Elf are, without doubt, two of Christmastime’s most-loved films and in the intimate indoor cinema there is a chance to enjoy both in a festive film marathon guaranteed to raise your spirits. The ticket for entry includes access to the zoo so there’s an opportunity to take-in the comings and goings of the zoo’s 400 residents.

The rest of the park will be transformed into a magical frozen world like the one reminiscent of Narnia. Travel to Christmas corner to meet the magical team of pixies and elves who will escort visitors through the wooden wardrobe to their special Christmas workshops on the other side. On your way through, kids will have the chance to take part in arts and crafts and even venture into Santa’s sitting room to write their letter to Santa and get it posted in time!

Any visit to the North Pole workshops would not be complete without a visit to the big man himself and there will be a chance for kids to visit Santa in his grotto.

The rest of the park will feature Christmas animal-shaped light displays and decorations and in the Hide café and restaurant there are tasty festive treats and tipples to sate every winter appetite.
The shop will also have a range of Christmas-themed presents on offer.

The Zoo has also organised, in conjunction with Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge, a series of stargazing nights on the downs. Wrap-up warm and be guided around the night’s sky with the help of the Bristol Astronomical Society and Explorer Dome.

Film Screenings

When: December 9/16/23

Prices: £15/£10

Stargazing

When: December 11/12/13

Price: £7.50/£4.00

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