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Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells at the Tropical Butterfly House

Santa is arriving at the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston, near Sheffield this December where visitors can experience a magical family day out. This festive ‘Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells’ annual event returns with a chance to see Santa in his Grotto every weekend and special late night openings in the run up to Christmas

Our fun-filled Elf Craft Room offers face painting, pot painting and shimmering glitter tattoos and themed games for children of all ages including writing a letter to Santa. Dinosaur fans will also be treated to an appearance by our very own Santasaurus – our friendly T-Rex.


Take a Tractor Sleigh ride or follow our Missing Elves Trail around the wildlife park, can you find them all to receive a small sweet treat.

Take part in exciting animal encounters around the park every day. Children can also ‘Give a Present to a Lemur’ by donating £2 to make up a small box of food treats with the donation going to Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group. This year the amazing twice daily free-flying Bird & Animal Display will be based around A Christmas Carol featuring Scrooge and his owls, skunks, rats and parrots as the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.


Adults that arrive at the centre in a Christmas jumper will also be entered in to a prize draw to win either a meerkat/lemur or exotic animals experience for four people in the New Year!


The Tropical Butterfly House hosts themed events throughout the year during every school holiday. Joanne McDonough, Operations Director says Christmas is her favourite event of the year:


“After the amazing success of our Halloween Spooktacular and Fright Nights, we’ve gone all out to make our Christmas event just as unforgettable! Christmas is such a special family time and we enjoy contributing to that festive feeling; when we see the adults playing in the snow machine as much as the children, we know we’ve done our job well.”


Lottie’s Coffee Lounge is renowned for their popular themed Afternoon Tea. Christmas Afternoon Tea is available for £8.95 per child and £14.75 per adult (park admission not required, must be booked in advance at www.butterflyhouse.co.uk ).


Visit our Gift Shop for a selection of Christmas gift ideas or why not give the gift of annual membership or adopt your favourite resident animal from just £15!


The Tropical Butterfly House is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and is located just five minutes from the M1, junction 31, with free parking. See www.butterflyhouse.co.uk to plan your visit.