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The PURRRfect Christmas adventure!

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Chessington this year with your nearest and DEERest for some festive family fun!

  • Selected Dates 27th November – 3rd Jan 2022
  • Tickets online from £20
  • Families & Young Thrillseekers

Winter's Trail Christmas Grotto Event Logo


Father Christmas and his band of merry elves are returning to Chessington once again for the festive season.

Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, encounter the Elves in the Toy Workshop and even enjoy a selection of our rides and attractions. Plus meet some of our incredible animals in our Zoo and Sea Life. Check back soon for more details...

Tickets are available online starting from £20pp on selected dates.  


Hurry - peak visit dates such as weekends and school holidays are currently available for purchase from £30pp as part of our Early Bird Offer.  Book before 30th November for a visit and save £5pp! 

Annual Pass holders can also benefit from this exclusive Early Bird Offer on peak dates with tickets from £20pp saving £5pp.

Offer available for visits on the following peak dates: 4th-5th Dec, 11th-12th Dec, 17-24th Dec

Family Christmas Day Out


Ho Ho Ho! Guess who’s back at Chessington this festive season. Guided by one of his jolly elves, make your way through a snowy wonderland and step foot into Father Christmas’ charming grotto where you’ll meet the big man himself. After, head on over to his top secret Toy Workshop where children can choose an early Christmas gift.  

Every ticket to Winter’s Tail between 27th Nov – 24th Dec guarantees entry to Father Christmas’ Grotto and Toy Workshop, and you’ll select a timeslot to enter the queue line when you purchase your tickets.  

Please note, Father Christmas’ Grotto and Toy Workshop are not available from 26th Dec – 3rd Jan. 

Chessington Christmas Kitchen


Cheeky Elves have snuck into Mrs Christmas’ kitchen for an early festive treat, causing all kinds of chaos! They need your help to sprinkle some Christmas magic to help clear up their mess and discover the ingredients for the perfect Christmas cookie. Children will receive a festive cookie at the end for showing their true spirit of Christmas and helping our Elves! Plus, we haven’t forgotten about grown-ups of course, they will get a complimentary hot drink and snack available to collect at the Magical Christmas Kitchen and at other outlets across the Resort. 

Magical Christmas Kitchen including childrens’ cookies and grown-ups hot drink and snack are all included in your Winter’s Tail tickets.

Chessington Christmas Panto


Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is! The WILD CHRISTMAS PANTO is coming to Chessington’s Winters Tail again this year, with a brand new adventure for 2021! Get ready to boo, cheer and dance your way into the festive season with this winter spectacular at The Mane stage this Christmas.  

The Wild Christmas Panto is included in your Winter’s Tail tickets.

Elmers Christmas Story Time


Christmas is fast approaching, and excitement is stirring amongst the young elephants for the big day! This year Elmer has an extra special treat in store for his friends!  

Join us on The Mini Stage this year, where our favourite patchwork elephant stars in his very own festive story as we bring the delightfully fun ‘Elmer’s Christmas’ book by David McKee to life. You can even meet Elmer himself at one of his festive meet and greet sessions.  

Elmer's Christmas - Story Time is included in your Winter's Tail tickets.

Oh what fun it is to ride...

Enjoy 10 of your favourite rides and attractions at Winter's Tail, which you can ride in the dark on selected dates! See below what is available this year...
Chessington Zoo Winter Penguins

Yule encounter incredible animals...

From our Rothschild giraffes, Grevy’s zebra, Western Lowland gorillas, Asiatic lions and Humboldt penguins - we've got over 1000+ animals in our Zoo and SEA LIFE to experience this Christmas.


  • Meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto
  • FREE GIFT for children from the toy workshop and a FREE cookie
  • FREE hot drink & snack for grown ups


  • Exclusive discounted entry for Passholders
  • Meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto
  • FREE GIFT for children from the toy workshop and a FREE cookie
  • FREE hot drink & snack for grown ups
Chessington Hotel Christmas Sleepover


Book a ROARsome festive family break with the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto before embarking on Britain’s Wildest Sleepover! Enjoy access to our Winters Tail event with lots of festive family fun, as well as discovering over 1000 animals in our Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre. 

With our Book with Confidence Guarantee you can book your break with peace of mind. 

Enjoy Britain’s Wildest Sleepover and benefit from… 

  • An overnight stay in one of our themed Resort Hotels  
  • 1 day entry to our Winters Tail Event, Zoo & SEA LIFE centre 
  • Father Christmas Meet & Greet 
  • Access to Savannah Splash Pool* 
  • A delicious breakfast 

PLUS, all Resort accommodation includes FREE parking and fun-filled evening entertainment!


Winter’s Tail is a special event where you can celebrate Christmas at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Here you can meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, enter his Toy Workshops where Children can receive an early gift, enjoy the delights of the Magical Christmas Kitchen plus ride a selection of our ROARsome rides.

Winter’s Tail is running on selected dates between the 27th November – 3rd January. Please check our opening hours calendar for more details on our opening times and dates.

Currently we are only selling tickets up to Christmas Eve (24th December). Our post-Christmas tickets will be going live soon, please keep an eye on the Winter’s Tail page for more information on when these tickets will be available for purchase. Please note, Father Christmas’ Grotto, Toy Workshop and Jungle Bus will not be running after the 24th December.

Tickets start from £20 for a day ticket on selected dates.

Annual Pass holders can pre-book their ticket at a discounted rate from £15.

Winter’s Tail is a special event which runs outside of our main Theme Park Season and is a paid for event for Annual Pass holders.

If you book your Winter’s Tail ticket on one of our peak dates, listed below, before the 30th November you can save £5pp:

4th-5th Dec, 11th-12th Dec, 17-24th Dec.

All guests can arrive from 10am, which is when Winters Tail opens.

When you book your Winter’s Tail ticket, you must book a timeslot to visit Father Christmas’ Grotto for your group. This is the time you must join the queue for the Father Christmas Grotto. All visitors can enter the Winter’s Tail event from 10am.

No – Winter’s Tail is a special event which runs outside our main operating season. You can enjoy 10 of our rides as well as some of our shops and restaurants which are accompanied by additional entertainment and attractions specific to Winter’s Tail. Everything else will be closed and some areas of the Resort will not be accessible.