The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo

I’m excited to write this post, as it combines two of my favourite things: Christmas and London Zoo!

Prior to the latest lockdown, we got a chance to experience The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo, and it was nothing short of spectacular…

From the way the grounds were decorated, to the cuteness of the animals and hospitality of the zookeepers, it was perfect.

Since the Covid pandemic, London Zoo has tried its best to protect guests with its one-way routes around it, limiting number of visitors per day, and a limited amount of tickets sold online.

Upon arriving at the Zoo, we were greeted by huge giraffe shaped light fixtures. Walking along the path, we came across the life-sized nutcrackers, pictured below.

Christmas at London Zoo

Anyone for a quick Lion’s share?

Our first stop on the trail were the lions on the Hot Rocks… I have never, in my life been that close to a pride of lions! As expected, they were resting…

They spend up to 20 hours a day resting and sleeping.

Christmas at London Zoo

After our up-close and personal trip with the lions, we went in search of the reindeer. Unfortunately, they weren’t at their enclosure, but we did see Santa’s sleigh…

Christmas at London Zoo

Now for a ‘necks level’ visit to the giraffes…

I loved visiting the giraffe enclosure, because they’re my favourite animals. It was quite cold and rainy outside, so the giraffes stayed indoors – which didn’t bother us!

A giraffe’s spots are much like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern

Christmas at London Zoo

*insert Penguin wrapper joker here*

Another standout memory was the Penguin Beach. The penguins loved my umbrella – and were following it around, playing with it through the glass the whole time.

Many male penguins gift female penguins with rocks in order to woo them

Christmas at London Zoo

We continued our trail across the Zoo and saw all of the animals below. Sadly, we weren’t able to see the zebras, tigers or chimpanzees, but we did get a glimpse of most of the other animals.

I’ve put together a gallery of most below…

Have you been to London Zoo at Christmas? Are you planning to go there this year? Comment below for more information, or your thoughts.

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