The event will invite visitors to dive into an Ocean of Light with a new cast of giant silk lanterns, inspired by the wonders of the life aquatic. From giant squid to hammerhead sharks, colossal blue whales and dainty seahorses, Dublin Zoo, will be transformed into a sea of illumination with lanterns tailor-made especially for Wild Lights 2018.
In addition to Ocean of Light, a further three new areas will feature in this year’s enchanting experience – Winter Wonderland, home to Arctic favourites such as polar bears and walruses, Celebrating China bringing a flavour of the Orient and The North Pole, home to a dazzling 16-metre high silk Christmas tree and a host of festive displays.
What’s more, visitors will once again have the chance to be wowed by traditional Chinese performers, browse the newly extended craft market for Christmas gifts and enjoy a delicious array of Asian foods.
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. Last year’s event exceeded all expectations, so we are very excited for visitors to see what we have in store for 2018. This years’ experience will be completely unique with brand-new themes and a fresh cast of characters including sea turtles, a colony of sea lions and even Rudolph! Dublin Zoo is so proud to kick off this festive season with a truly breath-taking and memorable experience for all the family. We encourage people to book early at DublinZoo.ie to avoid disappointment!”
Wild Lights will open to the public on Thursday, 1st November running from 5pm-9pm until Sunday, 6th January. Throughout November, Wild Lights will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. From 1st December until 6th January, 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, 14th September and are available online only and exclusively at www.dublinzoo.ie. 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.