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The PURRRfect Christmas adventure!

Winter's Tail is Chessington’s annual Christmas event during the festive season, celebrating the magic of Christmas with some festive family fun!

Father Christmas and his jolly helpers are still wrapping up their festive plans for 2022, but you can be sure there will be plenty of holiday magic for all ages at our wild winter wonderland. Check back soon for more details…

In the meantime, why not scroll down to discover the PURRfect Christmas Adventures we had in 2021. Please note, that the event offering may be different in 2022.

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Chessington Hotel Christmas Sleepover


Book a ROARsome festive family break and embark on Britain’s Wildest Sleepover this December! 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 a range of packages to choose from Festive Sleepovers to a WILD New Years escape – book now for best availability!  

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 
  • Access to Savannah Splash Pool* 
  • A delicious breakfast 

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

Terms and Conditions apply. *Complimentary access to the Savannah Splash Pool is subject to room type. Please check this during the booking process.


Tis’ the season and we’ve certainly got plenty to be jolly about during winter at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Experience a PURRRfect Christmas Adventure with us as Winter’s Tail returns on selected dates throughout November, December and January!  

There’s plenty of magic for the whole family - so whether you’re looking to top up your festive spirit, get some winter thrills on a selection of our rides and attractions or maybe you’re just looking to wish our incredible animals a Merry Christmas – don’t miss out on Winter’s Tail. 

Family Christmas Day Out


Ho Ho Ho! Guess who’s back at Chessington this festive season?! 

That’s right, Adventurers visiting Winter’s Tail up to 24th December will be guaranteed to meet Father Christmas! Guided by one of his jolly elves, you’ll make your way deep into a snowy wonderland before stepping foot into Father Christmas’ charming grotto where your group will enjoy a private audience with the big man himself.  

After, you’ll head on over to his top secret Toy Workshop where you will explore where he builds all his wonderful gifts for the big day ... and children will even receive an early Christmas gift!   

Every ticket to Winter’s Tail up until 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.  Father Christmas’ Grotto and Toy Workshop are not available from after Christmas. 

Chessington Christmas Kitchen


Cheeky Elves have snuck into Mrs Christmas’ kitchen for a 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 next to 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! 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.


Winter’s Tail is a special event where you can celebrate Christmas at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Here you can enjoy the delights of the Magical Christmas Kitchen plus ride a selection of our ROARsome rides.

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.

After the 24th December Father Christmas returns to the North Pole and will not be part of the Winter's Tail experience.

Winter's Tail day tickets are not currently available for Winter 2022/23, however our Short Break packages can now be booked.  Please note, the information on this page relates to Winter's Tail 2021 and the line-up may be subject to change in 2022.