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​Chester Zoo's Lantern Festival Is Returning This Year

​Chester Zoo's Lantern Festival Is Returning This Year

Chester Zoo's Lantern Festival is coming back in time for Christmas and we're already counting down the days.

Each year the zoo puts on a spectacular light display, full of illuminating wildlife and enchanting animal characters and this year's extravaganza is no different - despite coronavirus restrictions being in place for visitors.

"We've carefully planned this year's event to keep you safe, but we're sure you'll have the same memorable Chester Zoo experience," the event's organisers say.

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This year's event will transform the zoo into a spectacular winter wonderland, with a sprinkling of snow and some unexpected festive encounters on the way.

Inspired by festive stories, guests can visit eleven different worlds as part of the festival, including a cactus desert complete with glowing cacti, frogs and colour changing chameleons, and the black and white 'Zebra Grasslands', for what's promised to be "an illuminating adventure like no other". We can't wait!

The spectacular lighting display at Chester Zoo Lantern Festival (Credit: Chester Zoo)
The spectacular lighting display at Chester Zoo Lantern Festival (Credit: Chester Zoo)

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Particular highlights of this year's event include an observatory-themed experience, where visitors will be treated to a visual display of the planets above their heads, while the 'Underwater' world will take visitors under the sea, where they'll get to meet a show-stopping octopus.

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Meanwhile, visitors will get to experience their favourite stories in the Peter Pan-inspired 'Second Star to the Right' world or 'Walking in the Air', a display straight out of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman.

At the heart of this year's event will be a sunset-themed display, filled with animal lanterns taken from the African Savannah, and which will be surrounded by trees and glowing grasses.

There are eleven worlds to visit at this year's event (Credit: Chester Zoo)
There are eleven worlds to visit at this year's event (Credit: Chester Zoo)

Full of colour, drama and inspiring lantern displays, we're sure kids and adults of all ages will enjoy this one!

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Running from 13th November to 23rd December, book your tickets for the spectacular event on Chester Zoo's website here.

Featured Image Credit: Chester Zoo

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Aneira Davies

Aneira Davies is a freelance lifestyle journalist with a particular interest in interiors and craft. She has written for the Evening Standard, Prima, House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping.