Chester Zoo has unveiled plans for its winter celebration, The Lanterns.
Now in its tenth year, visitors to the event have the unique opportunity to experience the zoo after hours of work on a trail in the dark – taking them through spectacular illuminations and colorful lanterns, meeting enchanting costumed characters along the way.
Among the many new additions to this year’s festivities, all-new illuminated characters, featuring orangutans, butterflies, caterpillars and wolves, as well as a 90th anniversary light show, will take visitors on a journey through time. while exploring the history of the zoo.
Environmentalists at UK’s most popular zoo say the event will support the zoo’s crucial work as a wildlife conservation charity and help its recovery from the impacts of the Covid pandemic -19.
Gemma Bamford, Senior Director of Admissions and Retail at Chester Zoo, said:
âWe look forward to welcoming visitors back to our very special Christmas event, The Lanterns. It has become a favorite and a kind of family tradition for so many now and this year will be more beautiful and magical than ever.
âThe event will see the zoo transform into a spectacular winter wonderland, where guests will be welcomed into an exotic world of color and movement, where larger-than-life illuminations and animal figures await them.
âThis year’s theme is to highlight species struggling for survival in the wild, where the numbers of these incredible animals are dropping to worrying levels. Unique illuminations of orangutans, butterflies, caterpillars and wolves are just a few of the species that will feature as part of our âin the wildâ theme.
“It’s the 90 of the zooe anniversary year and therefore another extremely exciting new space will celebrate our anniversary through a special light show – taking visitors on a journey through time while exploring our history.
“Many family favorites will also be back this year, such as Santa Claus, zebras, elephants and lions which are sure to put on a fantastic show.”
The Christmas celebration, which has already been cheered by the public, will again have limited capacity this year due to the current global Covid-19 situation. However, the zoo will offer more slots than ever before, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the festive fun.
âIt has been another strange and difficult year for everyone and so we are delighted to be able to give our guests the Christmas cheer they so badly need. We know how eager people are to go out and live this Christmas and do something beautiful with their loved ones, so we’ve added five more nights and more time slots this time around – giving more opportunities to people to come and see Lanterns.
“This event is an important step on the road to our recovery from all the different challenges we have faced in recent times and will help us raise valuable funds, helping us to continue our mission of preventing extinction in the world. whole.”
The Lanterns was created by the zoo in partnership with multi-award-winning outdoor arts producer Wild Rumpus.
Tickets are now on sale for selected dates from Friday November 12 through Thursday December 23, 2021 with slots available from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Children’s tickets start at Â£ 11 and adult tickets start at Â£ 13.