One of Leeds’ most popular tourist attractions will have a ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ in its annual spectacular.
Tropical World, at Roundhay Park, will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland from tomorrow until Sunday, with fake snow, presents and decoration-making.
The centre is home to a wide range of animals, including meerkats, butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, nocturnal monkeys and bearded dragons - all getting into the festive spirit.
Tropical World mascot Mango the Meerkat will be handing out presents on behalf of Father Christmas to all children who come along.
Visitors will also be entertained by a steel band during the weekend-long Totally Tropical Christmas event, which runs from 5pm to 8pm.
Coun Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said: “Tropical World remains one of our city’s most popular attractions, and ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ is always a fantastic event for all the family.”
He added: “Decked out in Christmas decorations and fake snow, Tropical World will once again welcome in the festive season in style, and with a wide range of entertainment also available for visitors to enjoy, this really is something not to be missed.” A range of improvements have been made at the attraction recently, after Leeds City Council gave the go-ahead to a £720,000 refurbishment programme
This includes the development of a new entrance space, children’s party and education zone, along with the introduction of a new ‘walk-over’ crocodile closure which allows visitors to see at close-hand the three Morelet’s crocodiles housed in the attraction.
Phase two of the refurbishment begins in the new year and includes work on a new toilet block with changing facilities and conservatory extension.
Entry to ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ is £3.75, or £3 with a Leeds or Breeze card.
Tropical World will be closed from 2pm on 24 December and will reopen on Friday December 27.