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  • Date : Friday, Nov 20, 2020 to Thursday, Dec 24, 2020
  • Time : 17:20 - 18:20
  • Venue: Edinburgh Zoo

Make your Christmas Nights experience extra special and meet Santa, hear his tales from the North Pole and receive an early festive surprise!

From 20 November – 24 December (excluding our adults only night on 11 December), the grotto will be available to book in 10 minute slots. Adults are not required to book a ticket however, we ask there are no more than two adults per party.  

In line with Government guidance, Santa will be socially distanced, two metres from you and your children to help keep everyone safe. A photo opportunity is still allowed, just from a distance!

Please note this is an add-on to your tickets for Edinburgh Zoo's Christmas Nights. You must purchase your tickets for the evening event along with your tickets to Santa's Grotto accordingly. The experience lasts 10 minutes.

We are asking visitors to arrive at the Mansion House no more than five minutes before your chosen time slot to minimise contact with others and be aware the only waiting space available is outdoors. Adults and children over five years old should wear face coverings inside the Mansion House, except while eating or drinking, and sanitise their hands before entering.

Book your Christmas Nights extra experience now

Pick your date on our Christmas Nights calendar 


Feeling especially festive?

You can make your visit extra special by also booking storytime with Mrs Claus or go all out with a full day Christmas VIP experience at the zoo.

Want to know more?

Check out the Christmas Nights FAQs before emailing our events team with any further questions at

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