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Christmas arrives in style at Tropical World


Caption: All of Tropical World's best attractions and more can be enjoyed as part of 'Totally Tropical Christmas'.



One of Leeds most popular tourist attractions is all set to open its doors this week for its annual Christmas spectacular.



The Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World in Roundhay Park, which is home to a wide range of animals, including meerkats, butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, nocturnal monkeys, bearded dragons, bats and crocodiles, will once again welcome in the festive season with its ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ event.



Held on Friday 20 December - Sunday 22 December from 5pm-8pm, visitors will have the opportunity to not only take in the many delights of Tropical World, which will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with fake snow, but also be entertained by a steel band. Christmas decoration and bird feeder making will also be available.



Tropical World mascot Mango the Meerkat, will also be handing out presents on behalf of Santa Claus to all children who come along.



Following a £720,000 refurbishment programme, which was given the go-ahead by Leeds City Council last year, a range of improvements’ has already been made at Tropical World.



This includes as part of phase 1, the development of a new entrance space and children’s party and education zone, along with the introduction of an exciting new ‘walk-over’ crocodile closure that allows visitors’ to see at close-hand the three Morelet’s crocodiles housed in the attraction.



Set to begin in the New Year, phase 2 will include work on a new toilet block with changing facilities and new conservatory extension.



Entry to ‘Totally Tropical Christmas’ is £3.75, or £3 with a Leeds or Breeze card. Tropical World is closed from 2pm on 24 December, and will reopen on December 27.



Councillor 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.



"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."



Notes to editors:

Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of Leeds’ most popular family attractions, with over 300,000 visits being made every year.



Opening times:

Summer: 10am until 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm)

Winter: 10am until 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm)



Tropical World will be closed from 2pm on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years Day.



Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.



Contact:

Telephone: 0113 2370495 (10am - 4pm)



For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk