Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

A new Christmas light trail, featuring light up animal sculptures, will be one of the highlights at ZSL London Zoo this festive season.

Visitors to will be able to experience the new feature between 22nd November 2018 and 1st January 2019.

The popular animal attraction will be transformed with an after-dark experience, featuring seasonal sparkles, an outdoor festive trail and the sights and sounds of Christmas. 

What will Christmas at London Zoo involve?

The outdoor festive trail will see visitors follow a mile-long path through the zoo, which will be scattered with twinkling lights. Greeted by festive sights and sounds, groups can wander amongst seasonal colour and through tunnels of light.

With the real animals tucked up in bed, visitors will be able to explore the trail where fairy-tale meets fantasy with large pea-lit animal sculptures along the way.

The pathway then leads through the Light Vortex and into contrasting tunnels, festooned by a canopy of glistening pea-lights.

You’ll also discover the glowing fountains as the iconic penguin pool dances in time to Christmas classics and the historic Mappin Terraces and Magic Mountain are brought to life with a blast of colour and projections.

The trail takes place in the evening and the light sculptures will circle the zoo's 36-acre site, making sure not to disturb any of the sleeping animals.

The event has been created by Raymond Gubbay Limited, the team behind Christmas at Kew.

Groups at ZSL London Zoo

Groups with ten or more received special admission discounts of up to 25 per cent.

Tours of the zoo can also be arranged upon request.

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