The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

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Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

Tel: 01244 380280

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Selected dates 23 November to 23 December

As the days grow cold and the nights draw near, in the heart of Chester Zoo, something magical will appear. So before you turn and think of leaving, take a second look because seeing is believing...

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo >

Kick-start your Christmas countdown at Chester Zoo and explore a magical festive wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow!  Give your family precious memories they’ll never forget; encounter new fantastical and colourful worlds, full of animal-inspired illuminations and traditional festive scenes that will leave you with a warm fuzzy-feeling inside.

You’ll be welcomed by a GIANT colourful Garden of Delight before coming face to face with some of our favourite animal lanterns from Christmases gone by!  Meander through Cloud Cuckoo Land and discover stunningly colourful bird lanterns; plus more illuminated worlds revealed along the way including an Enchanted Woodland and a magical Ice Kingdom

Fill up on tasty festive food and see our brand new pub The Oakfield, finishing off the Christmas-card perfect scene.  And remember…keep an eye out for Father Christmas on his sleigh.  He could be just around the corner!  

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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Booking essential
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Event
  • Smoking Some Areas

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Contact Us

Tel: 01244 380280

Tel: 01244 380280

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