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Simply magical: Here's a look at Dublin Zoo's Wild Lights

Wild Lights, the award winning light spectacular returns to Dublin Zoo this winter, this time debuting a brand-new theme! Back and better than ever, visitors will be blown away as their favourite Stories, Myths and Legends are brought to life through a series of giant custom-made silk lanterns made specifically for Dublin Zoo’s Wild Lights. This magical theme, which showcases animals in literature, is sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of the young and old alike with a number of classic childhood favourites, as well as traditional Irish folklore characters, illuminating brightly throughout the Zoo.

From Peter Pan, the Jungle Book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, guests will be in total awe when they see their favourite childhood storybook heroes come alive in the form of stunning, illuminated handmade lanterns. Fairy-tales and well-known nursery rhyme characters will also make an appearance throughout the festival of light including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Ugly Duckling.

Fans of Irish history won’t be disappointed as ancient Irish myths will be given a 21st century lease of life through the dazzling silk lanterns of the Wild Lights. Event goers will be amazed by the stunning light portrayals of Tir na nOg, the Children of Lir and the Salmon of Knowledge.

As well as showcasing animals in literature, Wild Lights 2019 celebrates wildlife past and present with the Tree of Life marking how critical conservation is in preventing more animal species becoming extinct.

Speaking about the event, Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of the award-winning Wild Lights event to Dublin Zoo for 2019 and we think visitors will be particularly enamoured with this year’s theme which focuses on animals in literature. We’re so proud to be able to hold such a magnificent family event which highlights the importance of the conservation of animals.”

In addition to the over a thousand breath-taking, illuminated lanterns that will transform Dublin Zoo into an enchanted wonderland as darkness falls, guests will be able to enjoy live Chinese performers and treat themselves to tasty treats from the various food stalls on site.

Opening details

Wild Lights will open to the public on Friday, Novemver 1 running from 5pm-9pm until Sunday, January 5. Throughout November, Wild Lights will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. From December 1 until January 5, opening times will be extended to seven days a week (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day).


Tickets to Wild Lights go on sale on Friday, September 20 and are available online exclusively at Admission to Wild Lights will be €20 for adults and €15 for children. Annual pass holders can avail of a special rate of €18 euro for adults and €12 euro for children. Children under the age of three go free once booked in advance online.

Wild Lights is brought to the public in partnership with The Vya Creative Lantern Company and DDM Entertainment and Events Inc.

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