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Our Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds event has now finished. Keep an eye on our website for more exciting events coming soon.

Be transported back to a time where roar-some, weird and wonderful creatures roamed the Earth. Discover 570 million years of wildlife, from when the origins of life appeared as a dazzling array of tiny microbes, to a world where dinosaurs were born and the ice age gave way to the forgotten giants of the animal kingdom.

With an extended route for 2019 and over 600 brand-new lanterns, there’s more to explore this year as Giant Lanterns return to Edinburgh Zoo from 15 November to 26 January 2020.   

Visitor Testimonials

  •  “Third year we have been to the giant lanterns. We weren’t disappointed. Absolutely amazing night on Saturday.”
  •  “It was an amazing night - well worth every penny, very well laid out and plenty to see. Was a great night”
  •  “Loved the volcano, our third year visiting and the best yet.”

Don’t miss out - Book now to visit Scotland’s only lantern festival this winter.

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We are delighted to announce an Adults Only evening on Friday 10th January 2020, when the event is only open to those over the age of 18.

This is the third year of the Giant Lanterns event which continues to dazzle and delight.  The event  stems from a long standing relationship between RZSS and Sichuan, the birth place of Edinburgh Zoo’s giant pandas.

Giant Lanterns: Lost Worlds is brought to you in partnership with the VYA Creative Lantern Company, DDM Entertainment and Events Inc and the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Giant Lanterns of China event partners 

Giant Lanterns are back with bite!

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