Discover the magic at Chessington this Christmas

Christmas has come early with our new lion cubs!

As the nights get colder, the elves here at the Resort are busy preparing for the most magical Christmas yet. We’ve had some extra special Christmas presents this year too, with the pitter patter of tiny Lion paws!

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Open on selected dates from 26th November 2016 - 2nd January 2017

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  • 26th - 27th November - Open 10am-5pm
  • 3rd - 4th December - Open 10am-5pm
  • 10th - 11th December - Open 10am-5pm
  • 15th - 24th December - Open 10am-5pm
  • 26th December 2016 - 2nd January 2017 - Open 10am-3pm*
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Magical Experiences

With Father Christmas’ festive grotto, The Elves' Kitchen, Christmas Pandamonium Live Show, plus our amazing animals, have a wild Christmas at Chessington!

A Festive Setting

The Resort gets a sprinkling of Christmas magic for Winter’s Tail.

Along with Father Christmas’ grotto, families will be fully immersed in the festive atmosphere with our giant Christmas tree, cookie decorating and real reindeer!

There's a whole host of festive activities at Chessington this Christmas...

 

Children at Chessington's Winter's Tail (Photo: christmas,events,father,christmas)

Children at Chessington's Winter's Tail
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Lion Cubs at Chessington Zoo

Meet our Lion Cubs!

Christmas has come early to Chessington this year with not one but three precious arrivals! Three fluffy, female Asiatic Lion cubs were born to our resident lions Rani and Kamal this Autumn. The boisterous trio have just started to venture into the outdoors, so don’t miss out on your chance to see them!

To celebrate this fantastic news we also offering an exclusive ‘Wake up with the Lions’ hotel package as part of the Father Christmas Sleepovers between 18th and 23rd December!

When are you coming to see them?

Visit Father Christmas

Meet Father Christmas at Chessington

Guests are invited on a truly special visit to meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto.*

The Elves' Kitchen

Visit the Elves Workshop this Christmas at Chessington

Come and help Father Christmas’ elves to decorate delicious Christmas biscuits.

Christmas Pandamonium Live Show

Christmas Pandamonium Live Show!

Join our cuddly, life size and life-like animatronic pandas as they prepare to celebrate Christmas with an exclusive festive show.

Have a Wild Christmas

Explore Chessington Zoo this Christmas

With all the festive excitement don’t forget to have a wild Christmas with our amazing animals at the Zoo, including our Tigers, Gorillas, Zebras and creatures beneath the waves including sharks and rays in our SEA LIFE centre.

Father Christmas Sleepovers

Stay Over at Chessington

With so much to do at Winter’s Tail why not extend your stay overnight?

Available: 26th November, 3rd, 10th, 11th, 16th - 23rd December 2016

Your package will include:

  • 2 day access to the Winter's Tail park event and Chessington Zoo
  • Wake up with the Lions’ exclusively between 18th - 23rd December!
  • An overnight stay at one of the Resort's wonderful hotels, including breakfast
  • Animal meet and greets
  • Access to Savannah Splash pool and gym
  • Plus meet Father Christmas in his Christmas-tastic grotto

Book your stay today

Treasure Room at Chessington Resort Hotel

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Our magical ticket and short breaks packages are now available.

Winter's Tail Day Tickets

Meet Father Christmas's Elves at Chessington

Limited availability - prebook only.

  • Secure your spot with Father Christmas
  • Chessington Zoo – Tigers, Gorillas, Sealions and more!
  • SEA LIFE Centre – our magical underwater tunnel

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Father Christmas Sleepovers

Stay over at Chessington

Stay over on dates between 23rd November - 23rd December

  • 2 days access to the Winter’s Tail event at the Zoo and SEA LIFE centre
  • Wake up with the Lions’ exclusively between 18th - 23rd December!
  • Animal Meet and Greets
  • Swimming Pool – and kids splash zone

Book your stay today

Winter's Tail Day Tickets

Winter's Tail Tickets Include

  • Entry to Chessington's Zoo & SEA LIFE centre
  • Entry to the Father Christmas Grotto (until 24 December)
  • Rainy Day guarantee - return for FREE
  • Guarantee entry - we have a limited number of tickets
Gorilla at Chessington Zoo

Individual tickets (until 24 December)

Ticket prices (for visits until 24 December)
Ticket Type Price
Standard Admission with Grotto
  • Individual tickets include a present from Father Christmas (£20)
  • Accompanying Adult tickets include a hot drink & snack (£20)
£20
Individuals under 12 months old
No ticket is required for those under 12 months old.
Free

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Annual Passholder tickets

Annual Passholder Tickets (until 24 December)
Ticket Type Price
Annual Passholder
  • Individual tickets include a present from Father Christmas (£16)
  • Accompanying Adult tickets include a hot drink & snack (£16)
£16
Individuals under 12 months old
No ticket is required for those under 12 months old.
Free

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Annual Passholders can visit for free after 26th December.

Individual tickets (after 26 December)

Ticket prices (for visits after 26 December)
Ticket Type Price
Individual Admission
Available for guests aged 3+ years
Please note: this ticket does not include Grotto entry or a hot drink or snack, as the Father Christmas Grotto will be closed from 24 December.

£15
Individuals under 3 years old
No ticket is required for those under 3 years old.
Free

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Other tickets

Other Ticket Options
Ticket Type Price
Open-Dated Tickets
After 26th December
£15
Additional Disabled Carer
Until 24th December
£8
Additional Disabled Carer
After 26th December
£8

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Frequently Asked Questions

General

When is the Winter's Tail event running?

26th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017 on selected dates.

Can Adventurers just visit Winter’s Tail and not the Father Christmas Grotto?

Any guests wanting to visit Winter’s Tail on or before 24th December must book a ticket which includes a Grotto slot. The Father Christmas Grotto closes on 24th December, as Father Christmas will need some time off after a busy evening delivering presents on Christmas Day!

What will be available from the 26th December?

Cookie decoration and the Christmas Pandamonium show will still be available, along with Market Stalls, and access to the Zoo and SEA LIFE centre.

How do carers book their tickets?

Carers will be let onto park for free as long as their dependent has a full priced ticket. Children aged 12 months or under can also come onto park with their carer free of charge.

Annual Passholders

Do Annual Pass holders (incl. Standard, Premium and V.I.P. Merlin Annual Pass and Chessington Annual Pass) get free entry to Winter’s Tail?

Visiting on or before 24th December? No, Annual Passholders receive a 20% discount on Winter's Tail tickets, this includes entry to the grotto

Visiting on or after 26th December? Annual Passholders are able to enter the park as normal.

My child under 3 does not have an Annual Pass, what do I do?

Visiting on or before 24th December? Any child aged 12 months and under will be able to visit free of charge on or before 24th December. Any child over 12 months old visiting during this time will require a ticket. If your child is under 3 and therefore does not have an Annual Pass, they will be entitled to the Annual Passholder discount as long as they are accompanied on the day by a valid Annual Passholder.

Visiting on or after 26th December? After 26th December, children under 3 will be admitted free of charge as usual.

Why has this changed for Passholders?

This year we have introduced a brand NEW Christmas Pandamonium show, cookie decorating in the Christmas Kitchen as well as increasing the capacity at Santa’s Grotto. Although a special event, we have ensured that Passholders still get a discount of 40% when booking before 31st October and 20% off thereafter, however a ticket must be purchased to access this event in 2016.

Father Christmas Grotto

Will Father Christmas’ Grotto be available for the whole event?

No, Father Christmas’ Grotto ends on 24th December, as Father Christmas will need some time off after a busy evening delivering presents on Christmas Day!

Is Grotto entry included within the day ticket price?

Yes - standard day tickets are £20 per person. All children will receive a present when visiting the Grotto and all adults will receive a voucher for a hot drink and snack.

What do Adults receive from their entry to the Grotto?

Adults will receive a voucher for a complimentary hot drink (excluding mulled wine) and snack.

Is Grotto entry included with hotel stays?

Yes, Grotto entry is included with the Father Christmas Sleepover packages. Guests will need to book their Grotto slot prior to arrival by calling 01372 734 620. Slots are available for the afternoon of your arrival or the morning of your check out date.

How can Adventurers book entry to the Grotto?

Entry to the Grotto is pre-book only. All Winter’s Tail tickets, or Grotto slots, must be booked via our website - they cannot be booked through our call centre. Once booked, Grotto time slots cannot be changed. You must arrive at the Grotto queue line at the time stated on your ticket, late entry will lead to your Grotto slot being missed.

Can Adventurers just visit the Grotto and not Winter’s Tail?

No, any guests wanting to visit the Grotto must have a valid Winter’s Tail day entry ticket, which includes admission to the Grotto. This includes Merlin and Chessington Annual Passholders – please see the Annual Passholders FAQs for more information.

Will there be wheelchair access for the Father Christmas Grotto?

Yes, our Grotto experience will have wheelchair access.

Do children under the age of 3 have to pay to enter the park?

Visiting on or before 24th December? Any child aged 12 months or under will be admitted free of charge on or before 24th December. If your child is aged over 12 months, they will require a ticket.

Visiting on or after 26th December? Any child aged 3 or under will be admitted free of charge.

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