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Winter at ARTIS

From Tuesday 1 December to Saturday 27 February, ARTIS is all about winter during Winter in ARTIS. The park will be transformed into a winter experience with twinkling lights, an authentic merry-go-round and winter delicacies. In addition, there is a specially developed Winter in ARTIS app that allows visitors to discover how nature adapts to the season.

Stories about animals and plants during winter

Just like humans, many animals and plants have to adapt to the winter. Each species does this in its own way. One gets a thick winter coat, the other a thick layer of fat. Hardy plants even create a natural antifreeze to survive the cold. During Winter in ARTIS you will discover these stories with the special app that can be downloaded for free from 1 December. The app has no fixed route so visitors can wander through the park themselves and discover the highlighted locations.

Merry-go-round and workshops

At different 10 places in the park, stories about a certain species, plant or monument are shown. At several places it is indicated where there is something extra to experience such as a ride on the merry-go-round, a workshop to learn how to make bird food or a performance in the Planetarium. For children there is a special do-book for sale (€4.95) to learn in a playful way. During the Christmas vacations and weekends the park remains open until 7 pm. In the indoor locations of ARTIS it is mandatory to wear a face mask. In this way, your visit to Winter in ARTIS remains safe, both indoors and outdoors at a distance of 1.5 meters.

The app can be downloaded for free on this page for both iOS and Android phones. Tickets for ARTIS can only be purchased via the ARTIS website. Booking a start time is mandatory.

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Winter at ARTIS


From Tuesday 1 December to Saturday 27 February.

What time

On weekdays: open until 5 pm.

During Christmas vacations and weekends: open until 7 pm. 

Vacations: on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 25th and 26th), the park closes at 5 pm. On 31 December, the ARTIS-Park closes at 16.00 hrs. On January 1st, the park opens at 10.00 am.

For whom

Winter in ARTIS is suitable for all ages. The Winter in ARTIS app is available in Dutch and English.


Winter in ARTIS can be visited with a regular ticket for ARTIS. Admission for ARTIS members is free. The special do-book for children costs €4.95 and can be purchased in the ARTIS store and online when booking the ticket. With the discount code 'MICROPIAWINTER' you get a 50% discount on a visit to ARTIS-Micropia.