Events & Experiences

Make your evenings merry and bright this festive season with a magical journey through Edinburgh Zoo! A spectacular light trail will take you on a journey to discover the magic of Christmas spirit and Santa’s time at the zoo. 

From Friday 19 November until Sunday 2 January, you can glow around the route with projections, twinkling fairy lights and much more. 

Designed for limited visitor numbers with a wide range of safety measures in place, Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights are sure to light up your winter.

Entry slots are available every 15 minutes from 4.45pm with the last available entry time at 7.30pm for a 9pm finish. Please book online in advance to secure your preferred date and time. 

Please note, 10 December is an adult only evening.


Adult: £18

Child: £12 

Member Adult: £14.50

Member Child: £9.50

Carer & U3: Free 


Friday 19 November Saturday 20 November Sunday 21 November


Friday 26 November Saturday 27 November Sunday 28 November


Thursday 2 December Friday 3 December Saturday 4 December Sunday 5 December Monday 6 December


Thursday 9 December Friday 10 December (Adults only) Saturday 11 December Sunday 12 December Monday 13 December


Thursday 16 December Friday 17 December Saturday 18 December Sunday 19 December Monday 20 December Tuesday 21 December Wednesday 22 December Thursday 23 December Friday 24 December


Sunday 26 December Monday 27 December Tuesday 28 December Thursday 30 December Friday 31 December


Saturday 1 January Sunday 2 January



Feeling especially festive? You can make your visit extra special by booking a trip to meet Santa at his grotto during the trail. By purchasing an Early Bird ticket, you will hear from us first, before Santa’s Grotto slots go on sale to the general public.

Christmas VIP experience 

This fabulous VIP package include entry into Edinburgh Zoo for the day, supper at Grasslands restaurant and a head start on your voyage around our Christmas Nights light trail! 

After a day at the zoo, you can enjoy an early two course supper at 3.45pm and afterwards be one of the first to head back into the park to see Edinburgh Zoo transformed into a magical festive light trail!

Book VIP tickets

Book VIP Adults Only tickets

Safety Measures - Covid-19  

We want visitors to enjoy themselves at the zoo this winter which means safety comes first, and it is important everyone follows the government guidance to protect themselves and others.  

There are a wide range of safety measures in place to protect you, our staff, and our animals. We have reduced the capacity of each time slot, created one-way routes, added hand-sanitising stations and will be asking everyone to wear face coverings in indoor areas. 



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