Lantern Magic this Christmas

This Christmas our unforgettable night time journey through the zoo will be even more magical than ever before.

Write your letter to Santa and get creative with our Lantern workshop before experiencing the nocturnal sounds of the zoo after dark. Journey through our enchanted illuminated trail leading to our spectacular display of animal lanterns.

And this year you will find some beautiful 'new arrivals'. Here you can make your Christmas wish and hang it on our Giant Wishing Tree and say 'hello' to Santa. Visit the Fruit Bat Forest and the Elephant House and soak up the festive atmosphere around the zoo with our friendly festive characters.

There'll be plenty of deliciously tasty treats plus enjoy a free winter warming drink. You can even pre-order one of our hearty festive suppers too!

With the nocturnal sounds of the zoo, a little bit of festive cheer and a visit from Santa we'll ensure that your family enjoy a Christmas treat that they won't forget.


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What our visitors said about Lantern Magic

“The zoo became such a magical place, very different from day time visits. We wanted to start a family tradition of coming to the zoo at Christmas and this was perfect.”

“It truly was a magical experience. Even though we were adults it was still enjoyable. Fantastic!”

“We loved the calm, quiet atmosphere and lots of happy families wandering around with their lanterns.”

“It was something different from the usual Christmas 'grotto’”

“The look on my daughters face as she saw the animal lanterns, the people dressed up, the lit up walk ways and hearing the lions roaring – it was unforgettable. You gave us the most memorable family celebration ever.”

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo
The animal lanterns and illuminated costumes have been made by Lantern Company.