Visiting Ireland this Christmas? Wild Lights is a must-visit magical family event at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo today announces the return of the award-winning night-time event, Wild Lights, with a spectacular brand-new theme: ‘The Enchanted Zoo’.

Visitors will discover the secret life of Dublin Zoo at night and enter a world of magic and wonder with fairies, mythical creatures, vibrantly coloured animals, a gnome village and even a dreamlike candy land, all lit up as beautiful silk lanterns.

On arrival, visitors will be greeted by the enchanted Wizard and invited to choose their own adventure from a choice of three pathways to explore first. Each pathway offers a magical gateway to showcase the secret life of Dublin Zoo at night.

Throughout the route visitors will also encounter the nocturnal gnome keepers, guardians of the magical and mysterious life and animals visible in the Zoo only at night and will get to explore their magical gnome village!

Wild Lights is the perfect evening for friends and families to come together and enjoy the festive season with a bold and bright experience that will create long-lasting memories.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Dublin Zoo, said: “We are incredibly excited here at Dublin Zoo to announce our most spectacular Wild Lights experience yet. Visitors will get a unique insight into the magical happenings that take place when the sun goes down and our nocturnal creatures come to life. We’re really looking forward to seeing the look of wonder on children’s faces as they turn every corner, and we think adults will be equally awestruck too!”

Opening details

Wild Lights will open to the public every day from November 16th until January 2024 from 5pm – 9pm (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day).


Admission to Wild Lights will be €24.50 for adults and €20 for children. Annual pass holders can avail of a special rate of €22.50 for adults and €18 for children. Children under the age of three go free but will require a pre-booked ticket. Students and OAP tickets are available for €20.50 for annual pass holders and €21.50 for those without an annual pass.

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