Christmas 2021 at Noah's Ark

From 1st – 19th December 2021, guests will be able to meet the zoo’s festive friends and learn all about the incredible reindeer herd. They’ll also be able to learn about the history of Christmas, discover more about Christmas traditions and journey through a walkthrough of decorated twinkly lit trees with musical surprises to delight all ages! This will be a Christmas to remember.

“Christmas is always such a happy time of year and a great time to be able to reach out to loved ones that we’ve all had to keep our distance from over the pandemic.” said Larry Bush, Managing Director, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Inspired by Age UK’s story of Terrence and the statistics showing 330,000 older people in the UK don’t look forward to Christmas due to loneliness, the zoo wants to help.

Noah’s Ark encourages guests to reach out to elderly relatives and neighbours with a special Over 70s go free offer throughout the event period.

“I’m very proud to say that we’re able to give back to our community with help towards reaching out to those most lonely in our society. The zoo gives the perfect opportunity for a boost in wellbeing, with acres of outdoor space where guests can learn about animals and catch up on lost time.” Larry Bush continued.

New for 2021, guests can also feast on a delicious Christmas lunch and catch up with loved ones and friends on Festive Fridays where they’ll receive free entry to the zoo when purchasing a festive lunch. The zoo is also stocking locally grown Christmas trees, logs, festive treats and hampers at its on-site Farm Shop.

A herd of reindeers take centre stage during the event with passionate Farm Keepers hosting dedicated reindeer talks and feeding. The large hoofed animals are native to northern Europe and Asia and are adapted to cold environments.

Reindeers may be known as festive animals, but they are also known for their huge antlers. Caesar is our resident male most known for his antlers. He is the biggest and most charismatic reindeer. He’ll be one of the herd that guests will be able to see on their visit.” said Eleanor Steeds, Lead Farm Keeper

The zoo is also home to miniature donkeys and even a highland calf called Bonnie who has recently been finding its feet.

Guests are invited to join the zoo for their festive event season and to round up a wonderful year of the Top Trumps trail. On entry they’ll receive the free limited edition Reindeer card topping off a hoof themed day of reindeer talks and feeding.

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