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Meet Santa at Santa's Grotto 2018

Meet Santa in his magical Santa's Grotto at Drusillas Park. Enjoy some of the best Christmas events in Brighton and Sussex with twinkling lights, the Husky Cave, festive face painting and delicious Christmas treats!

Enjoy the magic and enchantment of Christmas at Drusillas Park (near Brighton) between Saturday 17th November 2018 and Tuesday 1st January. Check out the various Christmas events happening at Drusillas this year…

Santa’s Grotto 2018 - Visit Santa

  • Saturday 17th November onwards (weekends only)
  • Thursday 13th - Sunday 23rd December (daily) 

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!

Visitors can meet Santa during weekends from the 17th November and then daily from 13th to 23rd December inclusive. *Please note Santa tickets are not available in advance. Tickets can only be purchased at Drusillas on the day of your visit.

Santa’s Grotto is open 10am - 4:30pm (last admission to the Park at 4pm). You will not be able to join the queue after 4pm without a ticket and the queue line will close at 4:30pm, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

To view our Price Calendar for visits to Santa please click the link:

*Please note our entrance fee is not included in the above price.

The Husky Cave

  • Weekends from Sat 17th Nov onwards from 10:30am to 5pm 
  • Daily from 13th December - 23rd December from 10:30am to 5pm 
  • Please note: on 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th December the huskies will be here 1pm to 5pm

Back by popular demand, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with a husky at the zoo.

The two cuddly canines will be meeting and greeting visitors in the Ice Cave; you’d be barking mad to miss it.

The Hello Kitty Parlour

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 November 17th, and then daily from the 19th December for the 2018 East Sussex Christmas school holidays.

Christmas Lights

  • Saturday 17th November - Tuesday 1st January
  • There will be a newly configured light display, featuring two beautiful reindeer, at 4:30pm every day

Come and enjoy our festive Christmas lights while you sip your mulled wine and tuck into a yummy mince pie. The Drusillas festive lights will feature penguins, reindeer, polar bears and of course lots of Christmas trees! The Events Arena will be lit up with colour and fill you with Christmas cheer! 

Festive Food

  • Saturday 17th November onward (weekends only)
  • Thurs 13th - Sat 22nd December (daily)

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 Station Buffet, next to the Safari Express railway.  

Please note Santa tickets are not available in advance. Tickets can only be purchased at Drusillas on the day of your visit. Click the link below for day tickets.

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