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Stay warm during the winter at ARTIS

Stay warm during the winter at ARTIS from 1 December until 31 January. Discover all the indoor enclosures during the scavenger hunt, so you can learn all about how animals cope with cold temperatures, or listen to winter stories about the universe in the ARTIS-Planetarium. Join the special winter tour of the park and warm up with mulled wine in the Serre. Feel the Christmas spirit at the large Christmas tree on Papegaaienlaan decorated with lights. 

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Scavenger hunt and winter tour

During the winter scavenger hunt you will discover all the warm indoor winterenclosures and find out how a sea lion stays warm in cold water, and what kind of animal can survive in temperatures down to minus 196 degrees. You can also join the special winter tour of the park, and afterwards warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Merry-go-round and Christmas tree full of lights

From 17 December a merry-go-round will also be present in the park, which is almost as old as ARTIS itself. This authentic attraction, filled with lights, is located in front of the aviaries of the Monkey- and Bird House. You can take a ride for €2.00. Starting 7 December you can already taste the Christmas atmosphere under the big cherry tree on the Papegaaienlaan, which is decorated with lights.


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Winter stargazing at the Planetarium and icy water bears at Micropia

Are you curious about the astronomical background of Christmas, and if the universe looks different during the winter? Find out during one of the live shows in the Planetarium. Check the Daily Schedule for current times and dates of these winter shows. 

Get warm and cozy in the world's only microbe museum ARTIS-Micropia. For humans it is nice and warm in the museum, but many microbes do not need this to survive. In fact, a water bear can even survive in a temperature of -270 degrees Celsius. During the entire month of December, all children up to 17 years of age can enter for free (as of January 1, 2022, children up to 12 years of age are free). Adults in possession of an ARTIS-ticket pay only €4.50 for a visit in December.

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Warm yourself with winter delicacies

The warm winter atmosphere at ARTIS can't do without wintery smells and tastes. Have typical winter pumpkin- and pea soup at the restaurants, and warm up with a mulled wine at the Serre. At the merry-go-round, various warm delicacies are available on weekends and during the Christmas vacations. Warm yourself with hot chocolate, soup, Dutch 'poffertjes' and mulled wine with herbs from the edible garden of ARTIS.

Stay warm during the winter at ARTIS


From Wednesday 1 December to Monday 31 January .

What time

On weekdays, during the Christmas vacations and on weekends: open until 17:00.

During holidays: on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December) the park closes at 17:00. On 31 December, the ARTIS Park closes at 16.00. On 1 January the park opens at 10.00.

For who 

Stay warm during the winter at ARTIS is suitable for all ages. The winter scavenger hunt, winter themd guided tours, and special ARTIS-Planetarium shows are all available in both Dutch and English.


Stay warm during the winter at ARTIS can be visited with a regular ARTIS admission ticket. Admission for ARTIS members is free.


All children up to 17 years old can enter the ARTIS-Micropia microbe museum for free. Adults in possession of an ARTIS-ticket pay only €4.50 for a visit to the museum.