Christmas

Magical Christmas Experience

27th November – 24th December 2021

We have planned three magical Christmas Experiences for you to choose from this year, please read the details below fully prior to making your booking.

Christmas at the ark open farm
Daytime Christmas Experience

Daytime Christmas Experience

Visit Santa and his elves during the day throughout December to get into the festive spirit and enjoy all the fun the farm has to offer.

Christmas After Dark

Christmas After Dark

Join Santa and his elves as it gets dark to enjoy the beautiful and magical Christmas lights and atmosphere.

Quiet Nights

Quiet Nights

A quieter evening experience for families who would enjoy a quieter, less busy environment to meet Santa and his elves.

Please read full details of the events below

What’s Included…

Our magical and exciting guided Christmas experience includes:

  • On arrival at the farm, you will meet a friendly elf and in a small group you’ll begin your journey by meeting and helping to feed Santa’s real reindeer.

  • Next you will head down to see the big man himself and each family will meet Santa individually. While you’re waiting, the elves will make sure you’re kept cosy with a nice hot chocolate and marshmallow toasting. Although we can’t get too close to Santa this year, you can share the craic and take lots of photos with our friendly, fun Santa.

  • Santa’s behind schedule, he hasn’t been able to make enough gifts! Santa needs little helpers to assist his elves in his workshop; you’ll be tasked with making your own gift, a wonderful Teddy Bear, to take home. With lots of designs to choose from you can pick your favourite.

  • After you’ve finished making your teddy it’s time to make some special reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve.

  • Next you will head through to meet some of our small animals and have the chance to give them a Christmas cuddle.

  • After all that you can then enjoy the Christmas decorations & photo opportunities and grab a bite to eat in our Cottage Café.

The Christmas Experience lasts approximately 2 hours. In indoor areas, following current guidelines, face coverings are required for those over the age of 12 years. Pre – booking is essential.

Christmas elf

Daytime Christmas Experience

What’s Included…

  • Feed Santa’s real Reindeer
  • Family visit to meet Santa
  • Chocolate treat from Santa
  • Hot Chocolate and marshmallow toasting
  • Children can pick and build their own teddy to take home
  • Make reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve.
  • Animal handling session
  • Nativity scene
  • Tractor rides
  • All the farm fun including play areas, fairy-tale forest and Jurassic Ark

Please note: Due to the time of year, the jumping will be closed during this event.

Updated Opening Hours

December 4th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th – 24th – The farm will close at 3PM
Please bear this in mind when booking the 12:30PM and 1PM slots on these days

Christmas After Dark

What’s Included…

  • Feed Santa’s real Reindeer
  • Family visit to meet Santa
  • Chocolate treat from Santa
  • Hot Chocolate and marshmallow toasting
  • Children can pick and build their own teddy to take home
  • Make reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve.
  • Nativity scene
  • Animal handling session
  • Beautiful Christmas lights and atmosphere.

Please note:  sections of the farm are closed during evening events including play areas, Fairytale forest and Jurassic Ark.

christmas tree
reindeer

Quiet Nights

These Quiet Night events are designed for families who require a quieter, less busy environment and have a heavily reduced capacity. If you have any specific requests, please get in touch and we will help where possible.

What’s Included…

  • A quieter environment
  • Feed Santa’s real Reindeer
  • Family visit to meet Santa
  • Chocolate treat from Santa
  • Hot Chocolate and marshmallow toasting
  • Children can pick and build their own teddy to take home
  • Make reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve.
  • Nativity scene
  • Animal handling session
  • Beautiful Christmas lights and atmosphere.

Please note: sections of the farm are closed during evening events including play areas, Fairytale Forest and Jurassic Ark.


Christmas 2021 Pricing

Child

£19.95

Age 3-17

Adult

£9.50

Age 18+

Toddler

£12.95

Age 1-2

Baby with gift

£11.95

Under 1

Baby without gift

FREE

under 1

Essential Carer

£3.00

carer’s id must be shown

Adult Member

£3.00

Membership card must be shown

Child Member

£12.95

Membership card must be shown

COVID safety measures in place at the ark open farm

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we be able to get up close to Santa?

Following the current government guidelines everyone must remain at least 1 metre away from Santa at all times. We ask that everyone, over the age of 12 years, wears a face covering. You’re welcome to take pictures, and we will set up photo opportunities with Santa but these will be socially distanced.

What are the limits on group sizes?

You are welcome to book from 2 – 8 people per booking. If you book more than 8 people you will be required to split into groups of 8 for your visit to see Santa.

We want to bring a school, nursery or other organised group, how do we do this?

We are pleased to be able to welcome group visits this year, please get in touch with us separately via email regarding group visits. Please note we do have limited capacity for group visits. Email: info@thearkopenfarm.co.uk

What’s the difference between the daytime events and the evening events?

Some areas of the farm will be closed during evening events and tractor rides will not be available. During the evening events you can enjoy the magical Christmas lights which are not available through the day.

What if the event is cancelled because of Coronavirus?

If we are forced to cancel the event because of Coronavirus refunds will be given.