Dublin Zoo has announced that Santa's Grotto will open at the Zoo on Saturday December 1.

The Grotto is open on weekends and every day from Thursday 20 to Monday December 24, with young visitors receiving a gift and photo of themselves with Santa.

Along with elves, arts and crafts and face-painting are all part of the Grotto experience.

The Grotto is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm (last admission 3:30pm) and the children's ticket price is €8 for annual pass holders and €10 for non-annual pass holders. NB: You must also pay for admission to the Zoo.

For more on Dublin Zoo, visit: www.dublinzoo.ie.

Santa at Dublin Zoo

Santa at Dublin Zoo

Photos: Patrick Bolger