Christmas at Chester Zoo

The enchanting Lanterns at Chester Zoo are back to chase away the winter blues…

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Watch your children’s eyes light up and their imagination run wild.

In its fifth year at Chester Zoo, this year’s event is even more magical than ever and a favourite in the Chester Zoo calendar.

Your favourite animal lanterns are back for another year plus more NEW characters and lanterns to enjoy.


Take the zebra crossing through a constellation of stars and on to see the magnificent animal lanterns. From zoo favourites to our local woodland creatures and a host of puppets and festival characters to meet. Take a stroll through the enchanted forest and catch a glimpse of Santa on his sleigh. The perfect family treat for the festive season.


The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is designed and performed by The Lantern Company, creators of spectacular illuminated events across the world, for audiences of all ages.

 25-27 November, 2 & 3 December, 9-11 December, 16-23 December

To make the experience extra special tickets are strictly limited so we recommend you book early. Choose one of the timed admissions between 4pm and 7.30pm. The zoo closes at 9pm.


Adult                £10 - £15                                            add a family feast +£7.50

Child                £9 - £12.50                                        add a family feast +£5.50

Prices vary by date of the event. Tickets to The Lanterns do not include day time zoo admission. Day time admission can be purchased separately via the online shop.

Find out more here.



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