Wild Lights Return to Dublin Zoo

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Wild Lights are back this winter and tickets go on sale Thursday, 23 September

Visitors can take a magical trip “Around the world” 

Back in all its dazzling glory, Wild Lights will take visitors on a magical adventure ‘Around the world’ where they will see some of the most famous global landmarks and iconic symbols.  

From Spain to India and Morocco to the USA – guests will embark on a breath-taking journey taking in the famous sights from all the continents without ever leaving the grounds of Dublin Zoo! As well as debuting a brand-new theme, Wild Lights will extend into the African Plains for the very first time ever. 

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo
Wild Lights, tickets on sale 23 September, 2021. Pictured at the announcement is Elle Cullen (5) © Patrick Bolger

Explore the ancient Egyptian pyramids, take a romantic stroll by the Eiffel Tower and even jet off to outer space – all through a stunning display of giant colourful silk lanterns!   

Visitors can spark their sense of adventure by following the one-way trail to see over a thousand incredible, illuminated lanterns as they transform Dublin Zoo into the ultimate trip ‘Around the World’

Speaking about Wild Lights, Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Dublin Zoo, said“We are delighted to announce the return of the award-winning Wild Lights to Dublin Zoo for 2021. It’s incredibly exciting to welcome visitors back to experience a brand-new theme, where they can explore some of the world’s most spectacular landmarks.” 

Opening details 

Wild Lights will open to the public on Thursday, 28 October until Sunday, 9 January 2022. Throughout November, Wild Lights will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 5 – 10pm. From 1 December until 9 January, opening times will be extended to 4-9pm, seven days a week (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day). 


Admission to Wild Lights will be €22 for adults and €18 for children. Annual pass holders can avail of a special rate of €20 euro for adults and €16 euro for children. Children under the age of three go free but will still need a pre-booked ticket. 

Dublin Zoo will continue to follow government guidelines on Covid-19. Similar to the Outdoor Safari Trail, Wild Lights will follow a one-way walking trail, with staggered arrival times for visitors. Hand sanitiser stations will be available throughout the trail. Visitors are also encouraged to wear a face covering or mask where staying two metres apart from others is difficult. 

Wild Lights is brought to the public in partnership with The Vya Creative Lantern Company and DDM Entertainment and Events Inc. 

Wild Lights is proudly supported by The Irish Times and 98fm. 

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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