Members' Christmas Night

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

A night filled with entertainment, activities and rides for the whole family!

Date

Friday 25 November and Saturday 26 November

Time

5.30pm - 9.30pm

Location:

Main lawn

Cost

Adult member - $20 

Child member $10 

Non-member adult $40 

Non-member child $20 

Children under 2 visit FREE

An evening of festivities in a setting like no other!

Melbourne Zoo will come to life with festive spirit this Christmas with the return of the Members' Christmas Night.

This year, members will be entertained on the Melbourne Zoo Lawns with special musical performances featuring The Mik Maks, Tricky Nick, and the Australian Girls Choir, all hosted by the zoo’s very own MC Mikey!*

Enjoy Christmas crafts, carousel rides, and roaming performers, while savouring in delicious food and drinks from foods trucks and outlets. 

Animal areas will be open until 7pm, including three keeper talks on the night:

  • 6pm Tigers
  • 6.15pm Penguins
  • 6.30pm Lions

As our gift to you, for Friday 25 and Saturday 26 of November only, members get double shop discount with 30% off all full priced merchandise^ for all your Christmas shopping needs (^no further discounts apply). Available at all Zoos Victoria properties during normal daytime trading hours with extended trade at Melbourne Zoo only for both nights, with free gift wrapping on the night. Remember to bring your membership card to receive the discount.

So pack your picnic rug, sit back and enjoy a night of jolly fun at the zoo! 

* Performers may change due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Food & Drinks

Check out what's on offer each night*

Friday 25 November 

Twisted Fisherman 

Sourcing local seafood and dedicated to working with top quality, market fresh produce, Twisted Fisherman takes old school fish and chip nostalgia to new heights. 

Pizza Forno 

Try a slice of Italy right now, but be careful — you may just become addicted to our captivating Pizza Forno. 

Mister Alejandro 

We’re all about the vibrant & bold flavours. Serving up a flavoursome Mexican feast using only fresh and local ingredients! From tacos to burritos to quesadilla to churros we’ve got it covered! 

Real OG Burgers 

Burgers and loaded fries – Real burgers with a fresh twist. 

Twista Sis 

Classic twisted spuds on a stick and delicious dutch poffertjes. 

Get Scooped 

Authentic, handmade gelato, Ice Cream, bubble waffles and Otai. 

Giraffe Lookout Café 

Enjoy a Genovese Coffee using our new Coffee for wildlife blend, or a range of soft drinks, sweet and savoury snacks.  

Wild Dogs Café  

Enjoy quick snack of hot chips and nuggets, range of sandwiches or an animal cookie, Schweppes has a promotion for members two soft drinks (2 x 500mls and unlimited water).  

Main Lawn Bar  

Located in the lawn pavilion there is a range of beer, cider, wine and soft drinks for the for the family to enjoy.

Saturday 26 November 

Twisted Fisherman 

Sourcing local seafood and dedicated to working with top quality, market fresh produce, Twisted Fisherman takes old school fish and chip nostalgia to new heights. 

Pizza Forno  

Try a slice of Italy right now, but be careful — you may just become addicted to our captivating Pizza Forno. 

I love Dumpling  

Using only the freshest ingredients and traditional Chinese recipes, our dumplings are delicious pockets of Joy that you know and love. 

Mobile Ice Cream 

Try our 7 different flavours of gelati or our smoothest, creamiest soft serve you will ever taste. 

Giraffe Lookout Café  

Enjoy a Genovese Coffee using our new Coffee for wildlife blend, or a range of soft drinks, sweet and savoury snacks.  

Wild Dogs Café 

Enjoy quick snack of hot chips and nuggets, range of sandwiches or an animal cookie, Schweppes has a promotion for members two soft drinks (2 x 500mls and unlimited water). 

Main Lawn Bar 

Located in the lawn pavilion there is a range of beer, cider, wine and soft drinks for the family to enjoy.

 

*Food Trucks or catering outlets may change without notice

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the event start?

Gates will open at 5.30pm; entry is via both Main Gate and Rail Gate, entry gates will remain open for the entire event. Late entry is permitted. 

Entertainment will begin on stage from 5.30pm  

When will the event finish?

The event will conclude at 9.30pm.  

Will animal areas be open?

Yes, most animal areas will be open on the night until 7pm. Please note that Platypus House will be closed and Kangaroos are currently not on display. With the recent birth of the new elephant calf, Trail of the Elephants will be partially closed, as they settle in with the herd. We do encourage you to visit during the day when the full Trail is reopened. There will be three keeper talks on the night, Tigers 6pm, Penguins 6.15pm and Lions 6.30pm.

What gate can I enter the Zoo?

Both admission gates into Melbourne Zoo will be open. Enter through either main gate or rail gate on the evening 

Can I come to the zoo during the day?

If you wish to visit Melbourne Zoo during the day, non- members must pre-book a day ticket online separately. Daytime zoo admission is not included in the Members Christmas Night tickets. Members can enter Melbourne Zoo during the day by scanning their member card on entry. 

If I come to the zoo during the day, can I stay in the grounds when the zoo closes to the general public?

No, if you have a Members Christmas Night ticket and come to Melbourne Zoo during the day you will need to exit the grounds by 5pm and re-enter by having your Members Christmas Night ticket scanned at 5.30pm when gates open.  

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Tickets will only be available on the night if the event is not sold out. We encourage all members to pre-purchase tickets to avoid disappointment. Ticket purchase on the gate will not be publicised. 

Are tickets refundable?

No. Unless in circumstances of extreme weather, the Member Christmas Party will go ahead. Only in this circumstance, tickets may be refundable. 

How much are tickets?

Members Christmas Night tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-15). Non-members tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Both member and non-member children aged 2 years and under are free however do require a ticket to ensure we are within capacity limits. Membership cards will need to be shown upon entry.  

Can non-members buy tickets?

Non-member tickets are only available for purchase by members who require additional tickets.  

What can I bring on the night?

Picnic blankets, picnic hampers, chairs, sunscreen, and umbrellas. 

What can’t I bring on the night?

All daytime restrictions apply including balloons, whistles, balls, bikes, and animals (excluding seeing guide dogs)  

No BYO alcohol is permitted to this event. Alcohol will be available for purchase. Security checks will be conducted upon entry.  

What happens if it rains?

Zoos Victoria will monitor the weather in the lead up to the event. The event will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather and at the discretion of Zoos Victoria. 

Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?

Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night, we have a wide selection of food trucks to purchase from as well as zoo outlets.

Will the food outlets accept cash on the night?

No cash is accepted at any of the food outlets.  

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No, you cannot bring alcohol. Alcohol will be available for purchase only. 

Will Melbourne Zoo retail stores be open?

Both retail stores will be open on the night, members will receive a double shop discount with 30% off all full priced merchandise. No further discounts apply.

Can I get a photo with Santa?

Santa will fly in from the North Pole for both nights and at Melbourne Zoo for the party. You can take a photo with Santa however we cannot guarantee his availability as he may be very busy. 

Is there any additional cost on the night for any of the activities?

All activities are included in the event price.