London Zoo Christmas Lights

No London Zoo Christmas lights this year but the magic of Christmas is still sparkling at London Zoo…. well it was until Tier 4 put a stop to it. London Zoo is shut until Tier 4 restrictions are lifted.

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Giraffe Lights London Zoo

London Zoo Festive Family Trail

Santa will be at London Zoo to find out what the animals want for Christmas but with so many animals to ask he needs some help.  You can help by following the special trail and finding out what each animal makes.  At the end there is a special post box to ensure that Santa gets all the information in time for Christmas.  You can download the trail before you go here  Don’t forget that Santa is in the Zoo so you might get to see the big man as he conducts his own research.

Christmas Carousel

Carousel London Zoo

Who doesn’t love a carousel?  A traditional roundabout complete with music and wooden horses can be found at the end of the trail.  Even better the Zoo cafe will be open selling festive hot chocolate and Christmas treats.

London Zoo and Covid

Light Tunnel London Zoo

London Zoo has social distancing measures in place and lots of hand sanitizer.  Even better London Zoo is mostly outdoors, so wrap up warm and enjoy.

London Zoo Membership

Christmas Tree London Zoo

Visiting London Zoo is good fun at all times of year.  Annual membership means you can visit as often as you like, both in Regents Park and Whipsnade Zoo.  In addition you get 10% off in the shop, Fast Track entry in London.  Family membership starts at £218.75 a year, at the moment there is 20% off click here for details.

Visiting London Zoo at Christmas

  • London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
  • Open: Daily (except Christmas Day) 10am – 3pm
  • Admission: Prices vary depending on date but start at Adults £26, children £16.90 under 3 free
  • Tickets must be pre-booked
  • 20 minute walk from Regent’s Park tube station
  • 15 minute walk from Camden Town tube station
Lubetkin Penguin Pool London Zoo

What kind of Christmas expeditions do you have planned? One of my favourite things to do is seeing London’s Christmas Lights


I was invited to a press preview of the London Zoo Christmas Lights, all opinions and a hankering for a pat of flamingos at home are my own.



  1. November 30, 2018 / 10:11 am

    These look like a marvellous addition to the London Christmas lights scene. I love the idea of hearing the flamingos, and seeing the light show at the modernist penguin pool. The kids would love it too #CulturedKids

  2. November 30, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Where do the penguins go?? Looks like great fun. My kids are huge fans of the zoo as Grandma and Grandpa have an annual pass and treat them to regular visits. Now trying to work out if we can fit this gorgeous evening in! #CulturedKids

  3. November 30, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I’m kicking myself I didn’t join you for this. It’s the idea of all those beautiful animals tucked up and snoring away,. And all those twinkly trails. Love it. #CulturedKids

    • November 30, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      I really liked the idea of all the animals tucked up and asleep!

  4. November 30, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    This looks lovely – there’s so many festive light shows this year, we’re spoiled for choice! #culturedkids

    • December 2, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      I know so many, I’ve yet to do my annual tour of the shopping streets in London!

  5. Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    November 30, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    Mmm gin marshmallows!
    This looks so beautiful – and I adore the Christmas tree made of sledges

    • December 2, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      So much nicer than the regular pink and white ones!

  6. November 30, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    I wonder how much money these places make from their light shows, hopefully there’s some profit in it. Walking round the zoo at night is a lovely idea, I just hope the animals aren’t disturbed! #Culturedkids

    • November 30, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      It must be a risk but hopefully a profit is made. There are big signs asking that no flash photography takes place to disturb the animals, they are tucked up well away from view.

  7. November 30, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    How amazing, I had no idea London zoo, had a wonderful Christmas setting. I loved the Christmas tree made Sledges. Such a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing this. 😄. #culturekids

    • December 2, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      I hope the sledges get used afterwards, or stored for next years tree.

      • December 2, 2018 / 6:38 pm

        Yes true. I hope they do get used again.

  8. November 30, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    We’ve gone to ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago almost every year we’ve lived here. It’s such a fun Christmas activity. #CulturedKids

    • December 2, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      They might have to become a family tradition with us now!

  9. November 30, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    There is such a thing as gin marshmallows? How have I lived this long without knowing that? London is so great for coming up with interesting after-hours things to do! I’d love to visit the zoo at night for the Christmas lights! #culturedkids

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      I know, now that I’ve discovered gin marshmallows I’m a convert!

  10. December 1, 2018 / 1:00 am

    How festive and fun! I have been to London, twice now, but I have never been to the zoo. It looks like this time of year is a good time to go. Thanks for sharing! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      London Zoo is a very special place

  11. Anisa
    December 1, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Beautiful! I have gone to Zoolights a couple places in the US and it has always been a lot of fun. Would love to see this one too. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Zoo lights were a new thing to me, but would definitely seek out others!

    • December 2, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      They are all tucked up in bed and asleep!

  12. December 1, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    such beautiful lights! but I haven’t’ visited the London ZOO yet #culturedkids

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      London Zoo is incredible it does such good work and they buildings which the animals live in are pretty special too

  13. December 1, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    This looks so impressive! Great photos. I love the idea of the flamingos settling down for the night, and blueberry and gin marshmallows?! Who needs Christmas lights! #CulturedKids

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      I know, I’m not usually a fan of marshmallows but have been converted to gin ones!

  14. December 2, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Love seeing the flamingos! They are one of my favorite animals. This display is incredible. There is so much to see at every corner. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Love a flamingo too and this trail is amazing

  15. December 2, 2018 / 1:19 am

    This is the second zoo I’ve seen that does something with holiday lights!! How cool!! I would have thought this was completely magical when I was a kid. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • December 2, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Me too! The only lights we had were in the High Street of our nearest City!

  16. December 2, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Awww I love the kangaroo shaped lights and also the giraffe lights, they look gorgeous at night! I wonder how long that takes to set up and how many crew members are involved? Would be fun to visit at this time of year. #FarawayFiles

    • December 2, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      I like to imagine a Disneyesque scene where all the animals are involved with the birds helping too, but suspect that it took many people a long time!

  17. December 3, 2018 / 11:35 am

    We went last year at Christmas at Kew Garden and we loved it. I think my children will really love this lights trail! Great photos!

  18. Clare Thomson
    December 3, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Oh these lights look so wonderful. I do love a good Christmas trail and toasting your own marshmallows is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • December 3, 2018 / 11:29 pm

      I really enjoyed toasting the marshmallows

  19. December 3, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Wow, those are grown up sounding marshmallows! I’m guessing they had some kid friendly ones too. The light trail sounds like a great alternative to a daytime visit, love the animal theme. #culturedkids

    • December 3, 2018 / 11:29 pm

      They did, most were fruit flavoured only one Gin one!

  20. Lyn
    December 4, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Wow that is truly spectacular, love to visit this display, especially to see those giraffes.

  21. December 6, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    We love displays like this – it combines two of our favorite things, zoos and Christmas lights! It also gives us a reason to visit the zoo during the winter, which we don’t usually do. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

  22. December 7, 2018 / 11:45 am

    This looks so impressive! Loving the sound of those grown up marshmallows #CulturedKids

  23. Ruth Murdoch
    December 9, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    My step son arrives in London tomorrow from New Zealand so I will be sending him to see this, thanks.

  24. December 11, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Christmas lights has to be one of my favourite things about the festive season and these look stunning. I wonder if our local zoos do anything similar? #Farawayfiles

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