What’s On

What's On In Chester

What’s On In Chester

Visiting Chester? Take a look at the latest events taking place throughout the city. If you’d like to list your event here, please email info@thisischester.co.uk

The Lanterns

Chester Zoo

Running on selected nights from 23 November to 23 December, the heart-warming event raises vital funds to help support zoo’s work as a conservation charity fighting to prevent extinction around the world.

Visitors arriving at the zoo will enter into a ‘Garden of Delight’, filled with illuminated flowers that reach up to 10 foot in the air and giant friendly snails, before meandering through a series of fairy-tale worlds.

Guests will first discover a Moonlit Meadow, home to some favourite animal lanterns from years gone by, featuring species such as giraffe, elephant, lion, tiger, rhino and zebra – as well as specially created new sun bears, cheetahs and mandrills.

The journey continues through a giraffe lantern filled zone called Shangri La, into a Cloud Cuckoo Land of stunningly colourful bird lanterns and costumed characters, including a brilliant Southern cassowary and majestic great hornbill.

Those who wish to stop off at the zoo’s Northern Lights zone will enjoy Christmas trees, Christmas markets and Father Christmas himself, before travelling on into the snow-filled Enchanted Woodland, placing much-loved British wildlife up in lights, before discovering the colourful Wonderland – a radiant, topsy-turvy world.

In Rainforest Aglow, families can walk underneath fantastical neon vines – and look out for the glowing sloth couple overhead.

Finally, no Christmas spectacular would be complete without penguin lanterns and characters, which can be found in the zoo’s new Ice Kingdom.

Festive food will be served throughout the route – including at the zoo’s Christmas markets and a brand new pub, The Oakfield, which was the original family home of Chester Zoo founder George Mottershead.

Christmas Lunch At The Oakfield

Chester Zoo

Warm up this winter and start your Christmas countdown in the stunning surroundings of The Oakfield, by treating yourself to a delicious Christmas Lunch with friends, family or colleagues.

Offering a delicious three courses of locally sourced, seasonal produce followed by an after-dinner treat, and a range of indulgent wines, refreshing Prosecco and sparkling Champagne available to pre-order. As well as a well-stocked bar of 174 tipples to try… it is Christmas after all!

Booking in advance is essential. To book your table and guarantee your place, please email our events team on events@chesterzoo.org.

This booking does not include zoo admission – please purchase this separately via the events team, online or on the day. Groups of 8 or more are eligible for zoo admission discounts – just speak to our team. Members come into the zoo for free – please bring your membership card.

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