CHRISTMAS AT SAFARI ZOO … the zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland as more than 50,000 fairy lights twinkle their welcome: 

  • Trees,
  • lights,
  • skating rink,
  • full size nativity complete with donkeys,
  • join Santa, elves and of course Santa’s reindeer for a magical festive family period.
Santa express


£5 per child
Up to 2 adults free per family

Meet at the special Santa Express waiting room.  Then it’s all aboard the Santa Express, on our narrow gauge steam railway along the new extended line via Safari Zoo Central Station, to meet Santa in his Sorting office.  Your family can meet Father Christmas and receive a present in a very magical atmosphere.

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£5 per child
adults free

JOIN IN THE NATIVITY STORY.  A reminder of the meaning of Christmas, as children take part in the traditional nativity story complete with donkeys in the stable then VISIT SANTA IN HIS ENCHANTED HOME where Santa gives each child a present in a most magical setting.

The Nativity

A reminder of the true meaning of Christmas as children and adults alike take part in the life size nativity in the stable, complete with Donkeys before visiting Santa in his enchanted house.

Santa's House

Visiting Santa in his enchanted house, where you’ll share few moments with the man himself.

Each child will receive a present.

Santa's reindeer

Come meet and hand feed Santa’s herd. Rudolf, dasher, prancer and friends will be here throughout December for you to get close to -even hand feed!

Ice Skating

Take a spin under the fairy lights on our skating rink. Unlimited skate for £3

(you may be asked to let others have a go on very very busy days)

Today we are open:

10AM – 4:30PM

Adopt an Animal.


Looking for a gift- birthdays, Christmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day. Buy a gift and help save animals from extinction.

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Visit South Lakes Safari Zoo all year with a 365 ticket from £18


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Hand Feed Big Cat

Join one of our passionate expert keepers for a not to be forgotten Big Cat Experience, get upclose and hand feed some of our amazing big cats

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Family Experiences

Love monkeys? Penguins? Giraffes or want to tickle a tapir…
Animal experience days make the perfect VIP day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

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Keeper for a day

Be a keeper for the day at Safari Zoo, work with big cats, giraffes, penguins.. whichever is your favourite. Junior and adult places available.

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Maki Restaurant

From chicken curry cooked in a banana leaf to a chunk of chocolate cake where else can you enjoy a meal whilst watching giraffes and rhinos wander.

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Wild Things Gift Shop

Pocket money toys, to gifts made in our conservation projects supporting animals in the wild.

Adopt an animal, book a keeper for a day, book an animal experience….

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Join the team .

Join the team at South Lakes working to make a difference

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Any one who has adopted a Christmas reindeer keep an eye out, dropping through your letterbox any day now will be an invitation and ticket to our first reindeer adopter’s event of 2015.

To be held on Saturday 28th November 2015 10am to 5pm.

This is your chance to come and meet the animal carer who looks after the animal you have adopted to find out more about their day, who eats what, and anything you may want to know. We look forward to meeting you all.

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Explore, Adventure, Discover all new Safari Zoo.

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Here at safari zoo we’re passionate about education so passionate for 2015 we are giving schools the chance to come Explore the animal kingdom with us for free. Whether you’re early years, primary, secondary Explore: Discover: Adventure you’ll have a fantastic day immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet.

3 times the size in 2015 and 3 times the experience as you safari on foot and Discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Penguins, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, free roaming monkeys, kangaroos, vultures, penguins and a host of bird species on a fun filled educational day out packed with learning and fun at Europe’s only safari zoo.

Enhance your day and hand feed giraffes, lemurs, penguins, lemurs, kangaroos, Join our interactive animal keeper led talks and animal feedings, and more or book an educational talk with one of our highly trained animal keepers.

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