Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo. See the Zoo in a New Light!

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo. See the Zoo in a New Light!

Dublin Zoo is excited to announce that this winter it will host a spectacular brand new event called Wild Lights!

Wild Lights is a magical night-time event, 5pm ? 9pm, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures, inspired by wildlife.

Visitors to this must-see event will follow the enchanted trail, where they will discover the dazzling array of beautifully crafted enormous silk lanterns. They will then be wowed by the Chinese performers and crafts while enjoying Chinese foods and warm drinks.

Dublin Zoo Wild Lights

The production of Wild Lights will feature: 12,000 meters of silk, 19,000 bulbs, 5,000 meters of LED lights, 48,000 glass bottles and 215,000 pieces of porcelain weighing 9.5 tonnes. Visitors will marvel at the lanterns which will include a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more! Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-meter long Chinese dragon.? Everything will be handmade specifically for Dublin Zoo.

Lighting up the skyline of Dublin, this awe-inspiring festival of lights promises to be an unforgettable experience where friends, families and groups can come together during the festive period.

Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public on September 15th at 9am and are only available from www.dublinzoo.ie. Annual pass holders can exclusively avail of two days early booking on

September 13th and 14th.

Opening details

Wild Lights opens on Friday 3rd November 2017 and runs until Sunday 7th January 2018. Throughout November, Wild Lights will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Opening times will be extended to seven days a week for December, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day. The night time spectacular will then run from December 27th right through to January 7th. See notes to editor for more details.*


Admission to Wild Lights will be ?20 for adults and ?15 euro for children. Special rates of ?18 euro for adults and ?12 euro for children are available for annual pass holders. Children under the age of three go free. Tickets on sale from September 15th and are only available at www.dublinzoo.ie .

Speaking about Wild Lights, Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo, said:

I am very excited to announce that Dublin Zoo will host Wild Lights for the first time ever! This is going to be a really special and unique event for visitors to enjoy this festive season. At Dublin Zoo, we constantly strive to offer new and memorable experiences for our visitors. Wild Lights is the first of its kind event in Ireland!