Monday 9 December 2019

Zoo's Wild Lights is back and this year's theme is legendary

Elle Cullen (3) with some of the lanterns featuring animals from literature
Elle Cullen (3) with some of the lanterns featuring animals from literature

Chinese silk lanterns inspired by wildlife and beloved fairytale characters will light up the highways and byways of Dublin Zoo in the run-up to Christmas for the third year running as part of the popular Wild Lights festival.

The theme of the night-time attraction this year has been revealed as Stories, Myths and Legends, and organisers are hoping it will be a big hit with visitors.


The larger-than-life Chinese lanterns will depict a variety of animals from literature along with childhood storybook favourites.

Beloved characters from Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz are all set to feature as illuminated lanterns in the showcase.

"We think visitors will be particularly enamoured with this year's theme, which focuses on animals in literature," said Leo Oosterweghel, director of Dublin Zoo.

"We're so proud to be able to hold such a magnificent family event which highlights the importance of the conservation of animals."

Visitors will also get to see characters from mythic Irish tales such as Tir na nOg, the Children of Lir and the Salmon of Knowledge come to life.

Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales Jack And The Beanstalk and The Ugly Duckling will also feature.

A Tree of Life display will illustrate the role of conservation in preventing more animals becoming extinct, say organisers.

Chinese performers will entertain and there will be food stalls on site.

Wild Lights opens on November 1 and runs until January 5.

Tickets will go on sale today. They are priced at €20 for adults and €15 for children.

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