Market stalls, reindeer and a giant Christmas tree will set the scene in Market Square, while you and your family will also have the exciting opportunity to meet Father Christmas in the run up to the big day, in one of Chessington’s magical grottos*. Please note this attraction needs to be pre-booked online before you arrive to avoid disappointment, as Father Christmas is bound to be busy at this time of year. A visit to the grotto costs £8 per child, which includes a gift.


There’s so much for the family to explore and see at Chessington this winter, including mischievous meerkats, terrific tigers and glorious gorillas. Take a walk on the wild side through the many areas of the Zoo, SEA LIFE centre and Wanyama Village & Reserve and get up close and personal with over 1000 animals from the exotic to the endangered. Enjoy animal shows and presentations and let your little monkeys run wild in the new AMAZU Treetop Adventure.


Father Christmas Sleepover Hotel Packages

For a really unique Christmas, why not make it a short break and book a Father Christmas Sleepover package at one of our two themed hotels? The package includes one night at the











Chessington Safari or Azteca Hotel with character breakfast, evening entertainment, access to the Savannah Splash Leisure Club, entry tickets to Chessington Winter’s Tail and a meeting with Father Christmas in his grotto. This magical family break starts from just £99 for a family of four and is available on selected days in December.


For more information, prices and to book please visit 

*Father Christmas and the grottos only available up to and including 24th December 2015


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For further information please call the Frank team on 020 7693 6999 or email


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Event dates:

  • 29th November 2015
  • 5th  - 6th December 2015
  • 12th  - 14th December 2015
  • 17th  – 24th December 2015
  • 26th December 2015 - 4th January 2016

Opening times:


  • 10:00 – 17:00 (up until and including 24th December 2015)
  • 10:00 – 16:00 (26th December – 4th January 2016)


Ticket Prices


The best rate for tickets is available when pre-booked and is £12pp when booked at least 5 days prior to visiting.


On the gate prices


  • Adventurer (12+ YEARS) - £15.00
  • Young Adventure (0.9M - 11 YEARS) - £15.00
  • Disabled Adventurer -£15.00
  • Disabled young Adventurer - £15.00 
  • Additional disabled carer - £8.00
  • *Disabled carer - £0.00 
  • Grotto - £8 (pre-book online only )        



Attractions Available During Winter’s Tail:


  • Father Christmas Grotto (£8per child includes a present – pre booking required)
  • Market stalls
  • Children’s Zoo
  • SEA LIFE centre
  • Sealion Bay
  • Creepy Caves
  • Trail of the Kings
  • Wild Wood
  • Penguin Bay

















Rides available:


  • Hocus Pocus Hall - 10am until 4pm
  • AMAZU – 11am until 4pm
  • Carousel – 11am until 4pm
  • Seastorm – 11am until 4pm



Food Outlets Available:


  • Market Square Pizza pasta
  • Captain’s Fish and Chips
  • Donut Shack
  • Market square Hot Dogs
  • Market Square Donuts
  • Vampire Burger kitchen


What will be happening and available during Winter’s Tail?


  • Father Christmas Grotto until 24th December (£8 per child, in addition to the entry price and includes an appropriate gift)
  • Christmas Stalls in Market Square
  • Post box in Market Square for Adventurers’ letters to Father Christmas
  • As well as our usual animal presentations and feed times there will also be meet & greets with the reindeer and donkey’s


Short Breaks at the Resort Hotels

  • Discover the perfect family getaway at the Chessington Safari Hotel and Chessington Azteca Hotel, where you can enjoy themed rooms, the Savannah Splash Leisure club including indoor swimming pool, spa and Savannah Splash pool as well as two fantastic themed restaurants. Opt for A La Carte dining in Zafari Bar and Grill or a delicious buffet meal in the Temple Bar and Restaurant


Further Information

  • For 12 months unlimited access to Chessington and/or Merlin’s other UK attractions see our range of annual passes at











  • The Zoo at Chessington World of Adventures is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). BIAZA represents its member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.


  • MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season). 


Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, DreamWorks Tours SHREK’s Adventure, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower,Heide Park Resort, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.


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