Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, Sun 2 Dec – Sat 24 Dec
This year, Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule and visiting the zoo so that children can spend as much time with him as they want. This year, there will be the chance to take a photo with Santa, as well as story-telling sessions with him, feed and meet animals with Santa and then watch festive films or take part in arts and craft sessions and more. Check the website for the available dates when Santa will be visiting. Some activities need to be booked in advance
Twycross Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX
Ice Skating, Jubilee Square, until 8 Jan 2018
Get your skates on and head down to Jubilee Square for some festive fun on real ice. Whether you’re an amateur or fancy yourself as a Torville and Dean, it’s the perfect time to give skating a whirl and don’t worry about the weather as the ice rink sits under a clear roof. Skate hire and a 45-minute session is £8 for adults and £6.50 for children/concessions at off-peak times (11am-4pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays). Tickets for all other times will cost £9 for adults and £7.50 for children/concessions. Scroll down to see opening times. Special theme nights are also running.
Visit Leicester, Leicester, LE1 5LD.
Santa’s Grotto, Wistow Rural Centre, Sat 2 Dec – Sat 24 Dec
Come and visit Santa and his elves, and at the same time buy your Christmas Tree, do some Christmas shopping in all the lovely shops and then visit the Cafe for a nice cup of tea and delicious homemade cakes. The grotto is open weekends 2/3, 9/10, 16/11, and then daily from 18-24 Dec (11am-4pm), except Christmas Eve (10am-2pm). Children are £8 (which includes a present from Santa), and Adults go free. Head to the Ken Bailey Plant Centre.
Wistow Rural Centre, Wistow Rd, Leicester LE8 0QF. 0116 259 2009
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