18 days to go. . .

It’s full steam ahead for the Santa Express, which is busy transporting excited youngsters on a magical journey to see Father Christmas!


Visitors to Santa’s Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto get the chance to take the magical train ride, which brings children past some of the world’s rarest animals on their way to meet the man in red in the 11th century Dudley Castle in the heart of the zoological gardens.

And we even snapped Santa himself taking the train up the hill while DZG’s maintenance team make sure his sleigh is in full working order ready for Christmas Eve.


Santa’s Winter Wonderland Castle Grotto runs until Christmas Eve and as well as the magical train ride, includes a glow in the dark puppet show, a visit to Santa in his grotto and a surprise gift.

All visits to Santa in his Castle Grotto need to be pre-booked 24 hours in advance and tickets are being snapped up!

For further details click here.