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A Magical Christmas at Drusillas

Don't miss a magical visit to Santa's Grotto, cuddle up to our adorable huskies, join in with our singing reindeer trio, a glittering 24-foot Christmas tree and delicious Christmas treats!

23rd Nov - 23rd Dec 2024

Watch little eyes twinkle with wonder as they experience the glistening magic of Christmas at Drusillas! Come and meet Santa snuggled in his cosy cottage, get nose-to-nose with our cuddly huskies, join in with our jolly singing reindeer, stroll through twinkling decorations, and marvel at our spectacular 24ft Christmas tree. You are all invited to soak up the seasonal cheer at Drusillas Park (near Eastbourne and Brighton) from 23rd November to 23rd December 2024.

Santa Experience

(Not included with standard entry tickets)

No Christmas would be complete without a moment with the big man himself... so upgrade your visit to meet ol' Saint Nick who will be nestled in the heart of our cosy Christmas grotto waiting to sprinkle festive magic on your little ones. Our Santa Experience includes a personal one-to-one with Santa, photo opportunity, and a magical Christmas gift!

  • Santa Experience tickets are an optional add-on ticket and do not include entry into Drusillas Park.
  • Valid Drusillas entry tickets are also required, you cannot enter the Park to meet Santa without these.
  • Your entry tickets to the Park are valid from 10am - 5pm so you can enjoy all the festivities, zoo, play areas, and rides either side of meeting Santa.
  • Your Santa booking time is not your Park entrance time. Park entrance is from 10am.
  • Please read our Santa Visit Information before booking
  • Drusillas Annual Members who wish to meet Santa require Santa Experience tickets but do not need to pre-book to enter the Park. 


Husky Cave

(included with standard entry ticket. Selected dates only)

Back by popular demand, visit our Ice Cave to come face-to-face with our beautiful huskies! These majestic dogs will be meeting and greeting visitors in our live events arena on selected dates throughout the holiday; you’d be barking mad to miss it! Meeting our huskies is included in your standard Park Entry Tickets on selected dates only. Dates to meet our huskies TBC.

Giant Christmas Tree

(included with standard entry tickets)

Our spectacular 24 foot giant Christmas Tree will be standing proud in the centre of the Events Arena! Spend a little time under the glistening lights, listen to some Christmas tunes and get into the festive spirit!

Singing Reindeer

(included with standard entry tickets)

Join our jolly singing reindeer trio for a good ol' Christmas sing along in the Events Arena - perfect to get you in the festive spirit!

Festive Photo Opps

(included with standard entry tickets)

Burst out of a giant present, become a jolly snowman, cuddle up to Santa, or ride the reindeer sleigh! Our fabulously festive photo opportunities make capturing those Christmas family memories easy!

Festive Food & Drink

(Additional charge. Selected dates only)

Get into the spirit of Christmas with a seasonal glass of mulled wine, delicious mince pies, seasonal Starbucks, or warm fresh doughnuts with lashings of sweet sauce! All available from The Doughnut Factory, next to the Safari Express railway.  

Stocking Fillers

Why not pop into our shops which are crammed with loads of purrrfect stocking fillers for your little monkeys!


How much do Santa Exerience tickets cost?

Santa Experiencce tickets are £18 per person - this includes a personal one-to-one meeting with the big man himself and a magical Christmas gift. 

Do I need to buy a Park entry ticket alongside my ticket to see Santa?

Yes you do. Entry into the Park is not included in your Santa Experience ticket and you will need to buy separate entry tickets for your admission to Drusillas - you cannot enter to meet Santa without these. Santa Experience tickets must be booked online in advance and you can purchase your entry tickets online at the same time saving 20%! 

Can I buy tickets to visit Santa only and not enter the rest of the Park?

No, we are afraid not. You must pay and enter the Park in order to visit Santa’s Christmas Cottage. To get the most out of Christmas at Drusillas, we recommend making a whole day of it and enjoying all the animals, play areas, rides and topping it off with a festive visit to see Santa.  

I am a Annual Member, do I need to book my Santa Experience tickets?

Yes, members will need to purchase Santa Experience tickets for the day they wish to visit, but entrance to the Park does not need to be pre-booked.

Are there any Santa tickets available on the day?

There may be Santa tickets available at the gate, however we cannot guarantee this and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. 

Do adults have to buy tickets to accompany children to visit Santa?

No, we don't charge for adults accompanying their children to meet Santa. Santa tickets only need to be purchased for children wanting to visit Santa and receive a gift. Accompanying adults will only need to buy entry tickets to the Park. Under 2s accompanying older siblings who do not require a gift are welcome into Santa's Cottage free of charge. If you would like your under 2 to receive a gift, or if they are the only child in your party, you will need to purchase a Santa Experience ticket for them.

What else goes on at Drusillas for Christmas?

Alongside a visit to Santa, you can meet our cuddly huskies in the Ice Cave, see our giant magical Christmas Tree in the center of the Events Arena, sing along with our singing reindeer trio, buy some delicious festive treats, and also get a spot of Christmas shopping done - our shops have a range of perfect kids stocking fillers!

When is Christmas at Drusillas?

Our Santa Experience opens on Saturday 25th November and runs on various dates through until 23rd December. This event often sells out, so book early to avoid disappointment.