The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo

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.

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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.

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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

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*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.

My Forgotten Disney Animal Classics

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I’ve put together a shortlist of some absolute animal classics streaming on Disney+, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Let’s be honest, some of these I hadn’t heard of (or at least don’t remember watching) before last year.

My list of forgotten Disney classics

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Homeward Bound (1993)

Think Home Alone, but for pets…

Probably the first of films featured on this list which I discovered on Disney+, ‘Homeward Bound’ tells the story of three pets (two dogs and a cat) who are left with petsitters while their owners go on holiday.

Believing that they’ve been abandoned (and from fear of being taken to The Pound), they run away from their petsitter’s house and embark on a journey back to op California to be reunited with their owners.

The bond between Sassy, Chance and Shadow is incredible. I have to say, whether I’m allowed to have favourites or not, this one is it.

*This movie can be found on Disney+*

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The Search for Paws (2010)

This is one of my Christmas favourites, and one which (again) I discovered on Disney+.

Santa Paws’ is another film that I only discovered after signing up to Disney+.

Santa Claus and his adorable fluffy companion ‘Santa Paws’ leave the North Pole behind and head for the US on an important mission…

They embark on the journey of a lifetime, to try and persuade the heir of one of their greatest supporters (toy store owner Mr Hucklebuckle) to continue his grandfather’s legacy or risk losing Christmas spirit forever.

*This film can be found on Disney+*

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Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

One of the most amazing films I’ve ever watched (mostly because I had low expectations).

It’s seriously underrated and I’m tired of it being slept on…

Opal was abandoned by her mum at 10 years old. She ends up moving to a small town in Florida with her dad, who works as a preacher in church.

As a newbie in town (and someone who finds it rather difficult to make friends) Opal bonds with a stray dog who she names Winn-Dixie. Her father allows her to keep him, to their neighbour’s dismay…

With Winn-Dixie’s help, Opal starts making friends with some unlikely characters in the town, and even helps mend her relationship with her dad.

It truly is a must watch!

*This movie can be found on Disney+*

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Beethoven (1992)

A slobbering, larger than life St. Bernard puppy finds a forever home with a loving family, but an evil dog-napping vet convinces them that Beethoven is a danger, so the father reluctantly gives him up.

However, after finding out that it’s all lies, the family rush to save their pup and bring him home (and end up rehoming all the pup who were in kennel with Beethoven too).

*This film can be found on Amazon Prime Video*

Other Disney classics which I recommend:

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Doctor Doolittle (1998)

‘Dr Doolittle’ needs no introduction… It’s one of the most iconic films Eddie Murphy has ever starred in.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the film follows everyone’s favourite fictional vet, John Dolittle, who has a unique gift of talking to animals.

*This movie can be found on Disney+*

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Benji (2018)

This one is a tearjerker!

‘Benji’ is about an orphaned puppy called Benji, who is found and adopted by two school-friends.

The kids find themselves in danger when they’re kidnapped by robbers. But, have no fear because Benji and his stray buddy come save the day!

*This film can be found on Netflix, but to watch the classic ‘Benji: The Hunted (1987)’ on Disney+, click here*

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The Call of the Wild (2020)

I feel like this is popular, because if it isn’t, why the heck not!?!

It’s brilliant. For starters, it stars the legendary Harrison Ford!

This has to be one of the best films I’ve seen this year…

Buck is a loyal pup whose life is turned upside down when his loving owner John passes away.

Not long after this tragedy, Buck is uprooted from California to Yukon, Alaska to later become an integral part of a mail-delivery dog sled team.

In the middle of the film, Buck and his mail-delivery dog sled team are sent their separate ways, which leads to the meeting between Harrison (who plays an alcoholic who lost his whole livelihood). There, Buck tries to get him to quit the drink, and makes contact with a wolfpack.

He falls for the female wolf and they later create a family of their own.

So, this film is very bittersweet as things start to look up for Buck after he endures heartbreak. He not only experiences the adventure of a lifetime, but finds his purpose along the way.

*This movie can be found on Disney+*

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Lady & The Tramp – LIVE Action Remake (2019)

I have an admission to make, I’ve never actually seen the original (animation) Lady & The Tramp. However, I was in absolute awe after watching this LIVE action remake.

This is another type of film that doesn’t need no introduction…

Pretty much everyone has seen the iconic Lady & The Tramp, right!? In case you’re in the 1% who hasn’t, read on.

Lady’s an affectionate King Charles Spaniel who is loyal to her owners. Her owners end up having a child, and she feels pushed out.

While Lady’s owners are on a trip out of town, they hire Sarah, a pet-sitter who brings cats along.

Sarah’s cats are troublemakers who’s that live to wreak havoc, but she refuse to accept that they are capable of naughtiness, so blames Lady instead.

Hurt by Sarah’s accusations, Lady ends up running off and falling in love with Tramp, who saves her.

It’s truly fantastic movie!

*This film can be found on Disney+. Want to watch the animation? Click here*

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Turner & Hooch (1989)

Starring Tom Hanks, this film is iconic…

Detective Turner is seemingly very put-together until the arrival of Hooch, a brutish dog who’s the main witness of the murder of his owner.

*This movie can be found on Disney+*

What do you think of my list? Have recommendations? Let me know I’m the comments below.

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