Magical New Illuminated Christmas Trail at ZSL London Zoo
Visitors to ZSL London Zoo will be able to experience a brand new, festive themed illuminated trail from 22 November 2018 – 1 January 2019.
The world-famous attraction will be transformed this Christmas with its very own fantastic after-dark experience created in partnership with Raymond Gubbay Limited and designed by Culture Creative, the team behind ‘Christmas at Kew’.
Shimmering with seasonal sparkle, the outdoor festive trail will offer something for everyone as visitors follow a mile-long path through ZSL London Zoo scattered with twinkling lights. Greeted by festive sights and sounds, visitors will wander amongst seasonal colour and through glistening tunnels of light.
With the animals tucked up in bed, visitors will be able to explore for the first time the ZSL London Zoo trail where fairy-tale meets fantasy and larger-than-life pea-lit wild animal sculptures rise into the night sky.
Visitors will be surrounded by sparkle as the pathway leads them through the Light Vortex and into contrasting tunnels, some delicate and some spectacular, festooned by a canopy of over 100,000 glistening pea-lights.
Walk beneath playful ribbons of colour-changing lights and listen for the mesmerising voices of Singing Trees in the distance. Discover the glowing fountains as the iconic penguin pool dances in time to much-loved Christmas classics.
Pause for a while at the historic Mappin Terraces as the Magic Mountain springs to life with a blast of colour and playful projections. Keep a watchful eye out for Father Christmas and his elves along the way.
There are plenty of hidden surprises too – watch out for frosty snowflakes, shimmering stars and gigantic baubles where you least expect them. Not so hidden will be the 11-metre-tall Sledge Tree, made from 365 illuminated wooden sledges!
Complete your stroll under the stars with mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air.
Soak up the atmosphere with a vintage carousel ride*, and other family rides whilst you enjoy traditional treats, before picking up an irresistible gift or two at ZSL London Zoo’s shop.
What: Christmas at London Zoo
When: 22 November – 1 January 2019 The festive trail is open on selected dates.
Admission: Advance prices from: Adult £16.50, Child £10.50, Family £52.00, Under 3’s & carers free. Price discounts for ZSL members. Transaction charges apply.
Please note: Christmas at London Zoo is a unique opportunity to experience a magical series of twinkling light installations in the Zoo after dark on a festive trail around ZSL’s historic London site. The trail takes place in the evening, past the Zoo residents’ bedtimes. Instead the light sculptures will circle the Zoo’s 36 acre site, making sure not to disturb any of the sleeping animals.
For more information please contact:
Melodie Manners | firstname.lastname@example.org | 01637 873379 or 07815 709548
Notes to Editors
*Additional fees apply
For full pricing and ticket information visit: christmasatlondonzoo.co.uk
About Raymond Gubbay Limited
Founded in 1966, Raymond Gubbay Ltd is recognised as being at the forefront for promoting and producing popular classical music, opera, ballet and events worldwide. Raymond Gubbay Limited, in partnership with world class venues, including Beaulieu Motor Museum, Blenheim Palace, Forestry Commission England, National Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, produce Christmas light trails around the country, and in Europe. Additionally, the company regularly presents over 500 concerts annually. raymondgubbay.co.uk
Founded in 1826, ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Our mission is realised through our ground-breaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For more information visit www.zsl.org
About Culture Creative
The design team behind these festive displays is Culture Creative, who have previously worked with English Heritage, the National Trust, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Forestry Commission and the National Trust for Scotland. For more information about Culture Creative please see their website culturecreative.co.uk