Giant Lanterns of China, Edinburgh

A legendary night awaits …
The Giant Lanterns of China has returned to Edinburgh Zoo this winter. Let’s explore a new and exciting adventure as Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible creatures come to life!

We have visited Edinburgh Zoo to see the Giant Lanterns for the first time. One word sums it up: amazing! There are so many lanterns to see and we really appreciated the talent that goes in to making this wonderful display. Thousands of twinkly led lights light up the pathways that take you round an ever changing series of magical scenes, some Chinese and some with a Scottish flavour. You will even find Nessie welcoming her Chinese Dragon relative. The colours are vibrant, the Chinese Legends and Scottish Myths are well explained and very interesting to read about. Some of the lanterns move and this is joyful.

The route is approximately a one mile long loop and will take around an hour and a half to wander round comfortably and see everything. You will see stunning lantern displays throughout the route, some of which are huge impressive structures and some of which as smaller animal lanterns, all beautifully hand-crafted by Chinese artists using traditional techniques. There will also be short performances by Chinese artists, all included in the ticket price.

Escape into a world of folktales and fantasy with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the Zoo for 50 legendary nights, among unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster, alongside animals past and present.

This unique and special event also includes handmade crafts from Chinese artisans in the festive marketplace and seasonal hot drinks and snacks to keep us warm. There are a few food outlets open and most people welcomed the hot chocolate and marshmallows on a cold night!

Parking is easy and only £2 for the Lanterns, which is very good. Although it was busy, but you never feel crowded at any point due to the scheduled entrance time slots.
(every fifteen minutes)

This is not just for kids though they will love the artwork.
Just remember to wrap up warm as it is winter in Scotland!

The event takes place each night from 4.45pm – 8.45pm
From Friday 16th November 2018 to Sunday 17th February 2019
It is suitable for all ages, families, couples and groups
Ticket Full price: Adult £20.00 – Child £9.95
Ticket Online advance: Adult £18.00 – Child £9.50
(Children under the age of 3 go free)

To book via Eventbrite or Groupon

Our tip
We really have appreciated to explore the event in February as the Christmas and January holidays were over.
The Zoo was busy but not crowded, so we could walk smoothly.

Ideally, 5.30pm is a great time slot to go there, as the night has fallen and you can be delighted plently by the lights, and you still have the time to enjoy the rest of the evening afterward!

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