Chester Zoo has released exciting new details about its annual Christmas event, The Lanterns

Showcasing much-loved animal illuminations and characters from years gone by, visitors this year will journey through nine unique worlds as part of ‘The Great Christmas Expedition’.

In a new underwater world, specially created for the 2019 event, visitors will dodge magical glowing jellyfish and meet a giant octopus.

Other worlds – never before seen by visitors to the event – will transport guests from a tropical dreamland to a night sky adventure, complete with new surprise lanterns.


Jon Turley, Head of Guest Experience at Chester Zoo, said:

“This year, we’re inviting guests to join us on a great Christmas expedition!

“Specially created illuminated wildlife and animal characters will span nine different fantastical worlds on a new magical path through the zoo; each one different to the last. You’ll be transported to the bottom of the sea in an ‘Underwater’ world where you’ll be coming face to face with a huge octopus.

“Then you’ll make your way through a world of Tropical Dreams which will be a dramatic centrepiece to your evening, complete with new beautiful lanterns. Suspend belief as you take the Night Sky Adventure and travel through the clouds and stars, all under the moonlight.

“Finally, don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas who will be spreading festive cheer throughout the adventure!”

The Lanterns has been created by the zoo in partnership with multi-award-winning outdoor arts producers, Wild Rumpus.

Proceeds from ticket sales help support the zoo’s work as a conservation charity, fighting to prevent extinction around the world for thousands of threatened species.

The Lanterns runs on selected dates from Friday 22 November – Monday 23 December 2019. Child tickets start from £5.50. Adult tickets start from £10.50.

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