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Tickets from just £20 per person.

Celebrate Christmas at Chessington. Enjoy safe, festive fun with your nearest and deer-est on selected dates between 5th December 2020 and 4th January 2021 with some of your favourite characters. Meet Father Christmas, team up with the cheeky Elves in the Magical Christmas Kitchen, and celebrate with The Gruffalo in our festive show. Plus enjoy a selection of rides and meet some of our amazing animals in our Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre.

In line with the Government response to COVID-19 and its guidance, ‘elf’ and safety measures are in place.

  • Selected dates from 5th December - 4th January.
  • Tickets up until 24th December NOW AVAILABLE! Tickets from 27th December to 4th January will be available soon
  • Suitable for all the family (under 12 months go free)

Full Day

Father Christmas Grotto

Meet Father Christmas in his enchanting grotto, and this year, wander through his top secret Toy Workshop to choose a present. Each ticket includes entry to the Grotto and for your children to meet Father Christmas at a ‘snow-cial’ distance. Following ‘Hands. Face. Space’, Father Christmas, while wearing gloves, will also regularly clean his hands with hand ‘santa-tiser’ and wear a festive face mask, which the Elves will ask you to do too.

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Magical Christmas Kitchen

Cheeky Elves have snuck into Mrs Christmas’ kitchen for an early festive treat, causing all kinds of chaos! They need your help… sprinkle some magic to help clear up their mess and discover the ingredients for the perfect Christmas cookies to take home. Children will get a FREE pre-wrapped cookie and grown-ups will get a FREE hot drink and snack.

Access to the Magical Christmas Kitchen is included in all Winter's Tail tickets. 

Gruffalo Christmas Panto


Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is! The brand new WILD CHRISTMAS PANTO is coming to Chessington’s Winters Tail this year, with a special guest appearance from The Gruffalo! Get ready to boo, cheer and dance your way into the festive season with this winter spectacular at The Mane stage, with empty rows left between you and other Adventurers to help with social distancing.

The Wild Christmas Panto is included in your Winter's Tail tickets!

Elmers Christmas Story Time

Elmer’s 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… 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 may even encounter the hero himself from a ‘snow-cial’ distance!

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



PEAK DATES (5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th - 23rd December)

  • £35

OFF PEAK DATES (14th, 17th, 18th, 24th December)

  • £20


POST CHRISTMAS TICKETS (27th December - 4th January)

  • On sale soon 
  • £20

Please note Father Christmas Grotto, Magical Christmas Kitchen and Elmer's Christmas Story Time will not be running from 27th December - 4th January.



PEAK DATES (5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th - 23rd December)

  • £20

OFF PEAK DATES (14th, 17th, 18th, 24th December)

  • £15


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Make your family's Christmas wishes come true with a magical short break. 

Your overnight stay includes:

  • Full access to the Winter's Tail event including meeting Father Christmas in his magical Grotto
  • Animal Meet & Greets
  • Entertainment with a Christmas Twist
  • A Delicious Breakfast

Don't miss out a magical overnight adventure...

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Christmas (4 Of 15)


Experience Christmas magic and make special memories with one of our Festive Hosts, who will escort you on your VIP Christmas at Chessington!

Your magical experience includes:

  • Full day entry to our Christmas event
  • Priority parking
  • Personal belongings storage
  • Fastrack park entrance
  • 4 hours of Christmas magic with a personal host*
  • VIP ride access, so you can beat the queues*
  • Priority Father Christmas visit, with all children receiving a bespoke gift*
  • Premium dining package & unlimited hot and cold drink refills*
  • Souvenir Grotto photo*
  • Priority seating at resort shows*
  • VIP Animal Experience with our furry friends
  • Exclusive VIP pop badge 

* Available during your 4-hour hosted experience.

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As a COVID-secure venue, this year we’ve welcomed lots of guests safely to the Resort, introducing new hygiene and safety measures that remain in place to ensure you can enjoy safe, festive fun with your nearest and ‘deer-est’, while also protecting our staff and the animals in our care.

‘Snow’ before you go! We continue to monitor Government guidance closely, therefore please check our website before your visit, which we update with the latest information and advice.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets are subject to availability. Father Christmas Grotto and Toy Workshop, plus Magical Christmas Kitchen and Elmer's Christmas Story Time will run until 24th December 2020. £20 tickets are available only on off peak dates. 

Children under 12 months are entitled to free entry (with pre-booked ticket) but are not entitled to a gift from the toy workshop or a cookie from the Magical Christmas Kitchen.

Carers are entitled to free entry (with pre-booked ticket) to accompany guest with relevant documentation of additional needs, but are not entitled to free hot drink or snack.

Rides and attractions subject to availability.

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