Edinburgh Zoo Giant Lanterns spectacular & extra goodies

Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, EH12 6TS

About this event

Why don’t the animals play poker at the zoo? There’s too many cheetahs!

You won’t have to worry about losing out when you nab this great offer. Light up the festive season with a ticket to see the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo - we’ll even throw in a hot drink and marshmallows to help warm you up a bit.

Light it up with:

  • One child or adult ticket
  • The Giant Lanterns of China returns to Edinburgh Zoo this winter following the huge success of last year’s inaugural event which attracted more than 83,000 visitors
  • This year’s event is inspired by the Scottish tradition of story-telling and the cultural heritage of Sichuan where the zoo’s resident giant pandas were born
  • Escape into a world of folktales and fantasy with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the zoo
  • Hand-made steel and silk sculptures will take visitors on a completely new nocturnal trail around the premises
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some of Scotland’s most magical mythical creatures including unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster
  • Alongside Nessie, creatures of past and present will be making appearance
  • Baby it’s cold outside… so we’ve sorted you out with a hot drink and marshmallows to toast
  • Takes place across 50 legendary nights, with Christmas Eve and Hogmanay dates available

Rave reviews

“Just beautiful! A lovely stroll around a well-laid out display of animal, insect, plant and flower lanterns and the Temple of Heaven display. Gorgeous!”

“The lanterns are fabulous and complete works of art; young and old, we all loved them. We spent close to 3 hours at the zoo which included a warm-up drink in the café.”

“This exhibition is breathtaking. It completely exceeded my expectations. The lanterns are beautiful and there were so many of them - worth every penny.”

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Small print

Advance booking is not required.

Multiple purchases permitted; max 10 per person.

Duration: approx. 1hr 30mins.

Suitable for all ages; under 3s go free with no ticket required, ages 3 - 15 years are classed as children and under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please note daytime zoo entry is not included and visitors are unlikely to see any real animals.

Hot drink included; please note that it is non-alcoholic.

Pets are not permitted. 

Wheelchair access available; please note there will be no mobility vehicles in operation as the route encompasses some smaller pathways not accessible by vehicles. The route is designed so that wheelchairs and buggies can get around.

Tickets must be printed for redemption; please print your ticket and bring along with you to avoid disappointment. 

Ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable unless event is cancelled. 

Ticket is not exchangeable for cash or valid with any other offers. 

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  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • 134 Corstorphine Road,
    EH12 6TS
  • Tel: 0131 334 9171
  • Website

Home to over a thousand rare and beautiful animals including the UK’s only giant pandas, it’s no surprise that Edinburgh Zoo is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions with over 800,000 visitors a year. As one of Europe’s leading centres of conservation, education and research, it’s a fun and fantastic way to while away an afternoon as you get to know the exotic residents, both little and large!