Twycross Zoo makes a stand against the two-minute Santa visit

Twycross Zoo is inviting visitors to get closer to the magic this Christmas by putting the family experience at the heart of the festive season.

Although everyone looks forward to that special grotto moment with Santa, queues can be long, children are often wary and a little scared, with parents often feeling rushed.

That’s why the Leicestershire-based zoo wants to make a stand against the two-minute visit and do things a little differently this year by making that Santa visit a little bit more special for its guests.

This year, Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule and on selected dates from Saturday 2nd December to Sunday 24th December, spend time with him at multiple times throughout their visit, at their own leisure.

From a magical photo opportunity on Santa’s sleigh to interactive activities, where children can take part in Santa’s Key Tree (new for 2017), listen to him read a story or feed the penguins, there are so many opportunities to capture that special moment.

Ryan Floyd, Guest Services Manager for Twycross Zoo, says “As a conservation zoo, we are passionate about providing immersive experiences and we wanted our Christmas offering to reflect those values.”

During the day, Santa will enchant visitors at his story-telling sessions, which will take place in the Explorer Café at 11:15-11:45am and 3-3:30pm. The stories, specially written for Twycross Zoo, will be about William the Donkey (who visitors can also meet) and wildlife conservation work in the countries Santa visits every year.

New for 2017, Santa’s Key Tree will ensure that all children have their presents delivered on time – chimney or no chimney! Upon arrival all boys and girls will be presented with a magical key to be placed on the Key Tree, ready for Santa to collect on Christmas Eve morning. Guests can watch Santa collecting the keys live on Christmas morning through Facebook.

Visitors can also have their photos taken with Santa, meet pets and butterflies with Santa, watch festive films in the Study Centre, take part in arts and craft sessions. Guests can keep up their energy by stopping at the zoo’s Himalaya restaurant, which on Fridays will be open to visitors until 9pm, and will be seasonally decorated and serving festive foods.

Although Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 daily, the Christmas activities are only available on selected dates, given below. The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.

For more information on Christmas events and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777.

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