Winter Wildlife Wonders at New Forest Wildlife Park: A Festive Family Adventure!

December 6, 2023

This festive season, New Forest Wildlife Park invites families to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of “Winter Wildlife Wonders.” Until December 31st, the park will be offering a unique fusion of wildlife exploration and Christmas cheer.

Take part in the ‘Naughty or Nice List’ Christmas Trail (1st – 31st December) and help Santa decide which animals have been naughty or nice as you explore the park. Will the charming giant otter cub Karanambu make the naughty or nice list this year following her social media fame? Embark on this delightful trail (for a nominal fee of £1.50) where you can be Santa’s little helper.

Santa’s Special Mailbox (1st – 21st December): In a heartwarming tradition, children are invited to pen their wishes to Santa and post them in our magical park postbox. Adding to the wonder, parents will receive a personalised Santa reply via email, a keepsake to cherish and print for a festive surprise.

Step into the decorated Enrichment Barn (1st – 31st December, Free) for a Winter Wonderland Photo Opportunity and capture the magic of the season. This festive photo spot is the perfect backdrop for family holiday pictures.

Unleash Creativity with Christmas Crafts (Weekends of 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th December, £2.50). From 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, children can enjoy crafting a unique festive animal Christmas card and badge, igniting the joy of the season.

As ever, there is an opportunity to join the ‘Keeper elves’ who will be giving daily talks while feeding the animals.

Ashleigh Cairns, Education Manager at New Forest Wildlife Park, shares her excitement: “We’re thrilled to blend festive fun with educational experiences in Winter Wildlife Wonders. It’s an opportunity to create unforgettable family memories and connect deeply with nature. We warmly invite everyone to celebrate this special season with us, in a way that only New Forest Wildlife Park can offer.”

New Forest Wildlife Park is open daily, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Christmas activities are an additional fee to park admission. For more information visit

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