Christmas At London Zoo

Christmas at London Zoo promises a spectacular festive trail with a dazzling array of light installations and amusements. Peter Gray reports.

Christmas at London Zoo

Festive trails are big business in London in 2018 and not to be outdone, London Zoo have thrown their hat into the ring with their very own festive grotto.

The new festive trail will give visitors a chance to experience the famous London landmark at night as they journey through a one mile long illuminated pathway. Along the way zoo goers will discover a series of breathtaking lighting installations including the Light Vortex with its dazzling collection of pea lights, the dancing fountains, as well as a beautifully preserved vintage carousel and a host of other festive treats. If that were not enough, father Christmas and his elves will be on handy to spread a little bit of festive cheer.

Animal lovers will be thrilled by the series of illuminated animal sculptures which light up the path and the organisers of the event have also advised visitors to expect a number of surprises including “frosty snowflakes, wooden sledges, shimmering stars and gigantic baubles where you least expect them”. You can finish the trail at the Zoo’s Christmas Village where a plethora of tasty treats will be waiting to tempt you. The ZSL London Zoo Gift Shop will be open throughout the evening too – so if you feel the need to do a bit of gift buying then you’ll find everything you need right here.

Although the zoo’s resident animals will most probably be fast asleep by the time you visit, the zoo has a limited number of deluxe packages which will include tickets for the festive trail plus overnight accommodation in the Zoo’s residential complex – Gir Lion Lodge. The lodge offers visitors the chance to sleep right in the heart of London zoo. You’’ go to sleep to the sound of and wake to the roar of lions from the nearby lion’s enclosure. What better way to finish a trip to the London zoo than by sleeping right in the heart of the action?

Christmas at London Zoo will open on 22nd November 2018 and finish on the 1st January 2019.

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