The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Event Type: Other

Start Date: 24 November 2017

Start Time: 4:00pm

End Date: 30 December 2017

Location: Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU

Price: £12 (Adult); £5 (Children)

Contact: Guest Services

Telephone: 01244 380280


This Christmas, as twilight falls across Chester Zoo a magical Christmas sorting office comes to life. The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before.  With incredible lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic, it’s a perfect, heart-warming and memorable festive event for all generations.

The lantern route will be filled to the brim with sacks of lantern toys and boxes of lantern presents piled high. Father Christmas and his helpers will be hard at work ensuring that all of the Christmas wishes can come true.

You can post your own letters to Father Christmas and imagine what our precious animals might wish for too. Along the route you’ll see magnificent animal-inspired fairy tale scenes that will whisk you away to another world.

Tickets are now available online, and you can also purchase them from Guest Services at the zoo or over the phone by calling 01244 380280. Please ensure you have bought a separate zoo admission ticket, or you have a valid members card. 

The event will be on the following dates. The latest availability can be found on our booking page.

24-26 November
1-3 December
8-10 December
15-17 December
20-23 December
27-30 December

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