Meet Santa at Santa's Grotto 2020
Meet Santa in his magical Santa's Grotto at Drusillas Park. Enjoy some of the best Christmas events in Brighton and Sussex with a glittering 24-foot tree, the Husky Cave, festive face painting and delicious Christmas treats!
Enjoy the magic and enchantment of Christmas at Drusillas Park (near Eastbourne and Brighton) from Saturday 21st November to Wednesday 23rd December 2020. Check out the various Christmas events happening at Drusillas this year…
Santa’s Grotto 2020 - Visit Santa
- Saturday 21st November onwards (weekends only)
- Daily from Saturday 12th December
No festivities would be complete without the star attraction, and visitors to Drusillas will not be disappointed as Father Christmas makes a welcome return to the zoo. Children can visit Santa in his cosy Christmas Grotto and receive an early Christmas gift!
- Online Booking for Santa's Grotto: Tickets must be booked online in order to meet Santa in his Christmas Cottage.
- Keep checking back on this page and on our Facebook and Twitter for 2020 tickets to be released!
Santa's Grotto Prices
- Keep checking back for our 2020 Price Calendar for visits to Santa.
- Please note Drusillas entrance tickets MUST also be purchased alongside Santa tickets and these are not included in the price.
The Husky Ice Cave
- Weekends from Sat 21st Nov onwards from 10:30am to 5pm
- Keep checking back for daily Husky Cave dates.
Back by popular demand, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with two cuddly canines as they meet and greet visitors in the Ice Cave; you’d be barking mad to miss it!
Giant Christmas Tree
- Saturday 21st November - Friday 1st January
A beautiful 24 foot Giant Christmas Tree located in the middle of the Events Arena. Soak up the festive atmosphere, sip your mulled wine and tuck into a yummy mince pie while you're watching the Giant Christmas Tree twinkle and light up. Let it fill you with Christmas cheer!
The Hello Kitty Parlour
- From Saturday 21st November (weekends only)
- Keep checking back for daily Hello Kitty Parlour dates.
Pop into The Parlour for festive tattoos and the opportunity to have your face painted as a reindeer, a fairy or even a Christmas pud! The Parlour will be open weekends from Saturday 21st November, and then daily for the 2020 East Sussex Christmas school holidays.
- Saturday 21st November onwards (weekends only)
- Daily from Friday 18th December 2020.
Get into the spirit of Christmas with a seasonal glass of mulled wine and delicious mince pies! You can also enjoy warm fresh doughnuts all available from the Doughnut Factory, next to the Safari Express railway.
How much does it cost to visit Santa at Drusillas?
The prices vary depending on the day you choose to visit. 2020 prices and tickets will be released later in the year. Keep checking back on this page, sign up to our mailing list by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for announcements!
Do I need to buy an entry ticket alongside my ticket to see Santa?
Yes you do. Entry into the Park is not included in your Santa ticket and you will need to buy separate entry tickets for your admission to Drusillas. Santa tickets must be booked online in advance and you can either purchase your entry tickets online too or at the gate on the day. We do recommend booking your entry tickets online at the same time as your Santa tickets so you can benefit from the online discount.
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 our Christmas at Drusillas event, we recommend making a whole day of it and enjoy all the animals, play areas, rides and topping it off with a festive visit to see Father Christmas.
What goes on at Drusillas for Christmas that is included in my entry ticket?
As part of your entry ticket you can experience our Husky Cave, take photos in our reindeer sledge and soak up the Christmas atmosphere next to our Giant Christmas tree and decorations around the Events Arena.
Are there any Santa tickets available on the day?
We strongly advise booking all tickets online in advance to avoid any disappointment. Tickets sell out very fast so we always suggest booking as soon as you know when you would like to come. We can't guarantee there will be any Santa tickets available on the day you are visiting.
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 need to buy entry tickets to the Park though.
What else goes on at Drusillas for Christmas?
Alongside our Santa visits, Giant Christmas Tree and Husky Cave, you can also buy some delicious festive mince pies, mulled wine and warm doughnuts. You can also pop along to The Hello Kitty Parlour for festive tattoos and the opportunity to have your face painted as a reindeer, a fairy or even a Christmas pud! You can also get a spot of Christmas shopping done - our shops have a range of perfect kids stocking fillers!
When is Christmas at Drusillas?
Santa will be at Drusillas every weekend from Saturday 21st November 2020 and he will be here daily from Saturday 12th December 2020. Please check above for specific dates and times for other Christmas activities. All activities will run every day from Friday 18th December 2020. Prices, full event details and tickets will be released later in the year. Sign up to our mailing list by scrolling to the bottom of the page and make sure that all announcements go straight to your inbox!
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