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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

See their eyes light up and their imagination run wild.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is magical night time journey through the zoo, featuring life-size animal lanterns, puppets, performers and new experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Strolling through the enchanted forest you’ll meet our colourful festive characters and may even catch a glimpse of Santa on his sleigh - a perfect start to the festive season. We can’t wait to see you there. 

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What our visitors said about previous years

“Last year’s event was fab, but this year was amazing, much more to see and partake in along the lantern walk. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!” 

“It was magical and different to anything we've done before”

"Seeing the zoo lit up at night was thrilling for our children. The way they followed a trail of lights was magical and the way they went through the enchanted garden to then see the animal lanterns was great."

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'The Lanterns' is designed and performed by The Lantern Company, creators of spectacular illuminated events.