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SANTA SAFARI SETS THE SCENE FOR SOME FESTIVE FAMILY FUN

Santa and Mrs Claus and their elfin helpers are setting the scene for yuletide fun by magically transforming West Midland Safari Park into the North Pole.

More than 2,000 kilos of snow has ‘fallen’ creating a winter wonderland for the ever-popular Santa Safari which will open every day from 28 November to 24 December 2015.

The experience combines the four-mile safari drive with the chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Young visitors are whisked by sleigh past Eskimos and Polar Bears to meet Santa himself before heading to the Elves Workshop to choose a gift.

As well as meeting Santa, there are a wealth of festive activities designed to enthrall young visitors this Christmas. The snow-covered Santa Trail invites over threes to solve the clues and find the presents that Santa has bought for his reindeers, but have been hidden by a naughty elf. Those who successfully solve the clues will receive a special gift.

But while Santa has tried to make the Safari Park feel like a home-from-home, Rudolph is feeling homesick. In the 'Festive Cheer for a Lonely Reindeer' Animal Encounter visitors join Sprinkles and Tinker, two most trusted elves as they magic up a cute and furry friend for the red-nosed reindeer. There’s more animal fun as the elves and the resident Sea Lions practice a special show ‘Merry Fishmas!’ which will be the entertainment for the elf winter games.

For the more creative it’s time for Christmas Crafts with Mrs Claus. Visiting the Safari Park for the very first time, Mrs Claus will be holding workshops in the Discovery Room between 12pm and 4pm daily to help children write their letters to Santa and make decorations all while telling festive stories.

Daniel Griffiths, marketing manager at the Safari Park, said: “The Santa Safari is one of our busiest periods and as we’ve added even more attractions this year, I’m certain that we will be seeing record-breaking visitor numbers in the run-up to Christmas!

“I’m sure the whole family will be captivated by our spectacular animal experiences and this together with the opportunity to meet Santa, follow the Santa Trail and the opportunity to get creative with Mrs Claus, making magical memories that will last forever.”

Admission for the Santa Safari costs £19.99 for adults, £15.99 for children between three and 15 and includes a drink and a cookie and £7.50 for under threes. All tickets include a free return ticket valid until 7th February 2016. Group and school bookings are available. For further information, call 01299 400700, or email santa@wmsp.co.uk.