24 more sleeps!

It’s December 1st and staff are counting down to the Big Day.

This year’s Santa’s Grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle starts on December 5 and runs through to Christmas Eve.

xmas-write-webOur Magical Winter Wonderland package includes Zoo admission, a magical train ride, visit to Santa in his grotto, a surprise gift and a fun-filled Christmas show.

Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We’ve got lots of festive fun planned across the site and Santa’s reindeer have been training in the courtyard for weeks in readiness for their busiest night of the year.”

She added: “We’ve also taken on seasonal staff to cope with the usual festive rush to buy animal adoptions and Keeper For a Day packages which make fantastic gifts for all ages, and sales of our calendar are going well, too.”

The theme for 2012’s calendar is Baby Love, complete with images of a wide range of rare and endangered species born at DZG in the past 12 months – a bumper year for new arrivals.

Jill added:?”We’re all looking forward to a great Christmas time and exciting 2012. Next year is DZG’s 75th anniversary and we’ve lots of exciting new projects planned to mark our big birthday.”

To make sure YOU get to see Santa this Christmas call 0844 474 2272 or for further details please click here

CAPTION: Eliza Lewis is making sure Santa knows just what’s on her wish list . . .

* The Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Michael Evans, will be calling in today to meet more than 300 youngsters at our Magical Winter Wonderland.

Three hundred and twenty seven children will be saying hello to Santa thanks to The Mad Hatters, a Midlands-based charity which helps sick and disadvantaged children throughout the region by providing them with fun days out – have a great time at DZG, everyone!