Christmas at Marwell


Christmas at Marwell

Have a cracking Christmas and join in the festivities as we celebrate with a few special friends.

  • Join the elves in their magical woodland and warm yourself with a glass of mulled wine or blackcurrant and a festive treat.
  • Be enchanted by Mrs Claus whilst she reads the heart warming tale of ‘The Snowman’.
  • Create your own festive cracker before being called to meet Santa in his sparkling grotto and receiving a special gift*.
  • Meet our costume character reindeer and enjoy time with Santa’s elves creating some wonderful festive memories.

Your experience will last around an hour and includes all of the above as well as entry to Marwell Zoo.

P.S. all our evening sessions (4.15pm, 5.00pm and 5.45pm) start with a ride on our festive train from admissions for that extra special start to your experience.

Exclusive to annual members

  • 40% off the day ticket price on selected dates. Please note that the standard ticket price will apply to non annual members on these dates.
  • Early Bird booking in advance of general sales.

Superstar Day – Wednesday 3rd December

For families of children or adults with additional needs we’ve created a Superstar day, tickets for which can be purchased via our elf hotline on 0844 736 4200.

What’s different about our Superstar Day?

•           More relaxed pace recognising that sometimes things take a little longer.

•           An alternative entrance for guests who have difficulty coping with enclosed spaces.

•           More elves on hand to deliver that personal experience.

•           One free carer per guest.

•           An alternative present from Santa.

Please note that our Christmas experience is held within the Grade I listed Marwell Hall and some severely disabled guests may, despite our best efforts, have difficulty accessing certain areas.

Whilst we’ve tweaked our unique Christmas event to reflect the additional needs of our guests please be aware that we do not include a sensory experience. 

New: Winter Wildlife Workshops (for school groups of 15-30 children)

Snow leopard in snow Mike AngelThis year, the Marwell Education Team will be fully embracing the festive spirit - and teachers are all invited along for the ride!

We'd love your class to join us for our Wondrous Winter Wildlife workshop - a cross-curricular Christmas themed session in the enchanting Marwell Hall.

This session is suitable for groups of between 15 - 30 YR and KS1 children and includes:
  • Hot blackcurrant drink to warm everyone up on arrival

  • A wondrous winter woodland to explore (indoors!) complete with exotic live animal encounter
  • Meet Rocky the robin, Penny the penguin and Polo the polar bear during a fun interactive storytelling session, complete with puppets and cuddly toys!
  • Make sure the UK's amazing bird species get their Christmas presents too during a creative conservation craft activity to take home or back to school!
  • An exciting pre-visit activity pack to get you all in the festive spirit!

SPECIAL OFFER! Book before October half term and pay only £6 per student (otherwise just £7). Please email us at or call 01962 777 970 to book.

Times & Prices

You can meet Santa Claus on selected dates in November and December. For full details of dates and session times see our Times & Prices page.

Exclusive to Annual Members

  • 40% off the ticket price on selected dates. Please note that the standard ticket price will apply to non annual member tickets on these dates.

Book here

What people are saying about Christmas at Marwell

"The Christmas experience truly was enchanting and we will be recommending it to friends for next year". – Sheila Smith

"We had the most amazing time. Even my "Bah Humbug" Husband couldn't help but get swept away with it all. Well done to all involved and a huge thanks to Mrs C who kept "stripy boy" enchanted with her storytelling. Thankyou so much everyone." xx - Claire Kingston

"10/10: The best grotto / experience that I have attended... ever! Each stage is very well thought through and my 4 year old was enchanted from start to finish"

"A huge thank you to all the staff who made our visit magical. Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and his elves made it very special for 3 generations and the road train back in the dark and snow was just perfect. THANK YOU." x

"We were so impressed by how well everything was organised, how brilliant all the staff were, and by the whole atmosphere. It was magical!! Mrs Claus and dizzy the elf were hilarious and meeting Santa Claus with Isabel for the first time at Marwell is a memory we will always treasure!!"

"We had a truly magical time visiting Father Christmas at Marwell today! Our son had the most wonderful time! Thanks to everyone there". - Justin Randall

Winchester the perfect Christmas 2014


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Penguin Express by Katie Pybus

If you've booked for a daytime session, you can catch the Penguin Express from Black Swan Pond 15 minutes before your session begins!

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