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Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo – Our Review

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

You have to picture the scene for this one….its 2002, your in college and you have met this great guy…you decide on a holiday (from a brochure!! Yes I am old!) you randomly select Denmark, Copenhagen to be precise. The highlight of the trip was our evenings spent in the Tivoli Gardens. Roll forward to 2007, newly qualified as an Accountant I decide that id love a wow holiday, something memorable to mark the milestone. Same great guy is still on the scene off we flew to China and there began my love affair will all things Chinese culture.

Said great guy above became husband and a further couple of years later and we added two little men to our crew. Why the waffle!! Well, the Wild Lights experience at Dublin Zoo was quite simply magical.  It evoked wonderful memories of milestones in my life and made me feel all warm and fuzzy.  I feel I am doing it a disservice calling it an attraction, it is so much more it is an experience. It is the perfect fusion of cultures.

The setting, the twinkly lights, the ambient Chinese music…..I honestly cant convey in words just how magical it is.  Its the kind of attraction that will awe all age groups.  The highlights are billed as the 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon however I can honestly say it is all pretty magical.

Rather then me waffle on here is a selection of pictures from our visit.



Wild Lights opens until the 7 January, weekend for November and every evening in December.

Honestly do it, you will not be disappointed.

2022 – Wild Lights at Dublin zoo update

I got a google alert to tell my I had a post with a lot of traffic so I wasn’t surprised when I saw Wild Lights in the media with the details of their 2022 event. I thought it would be helpful if I popped an update in this post for 2022’s details

Opening details

Wild Lights will open to the public on Friday, 28th October until Monday, 9th January 2023. Throughout November, Wild Lights will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 5 – 9pm. From 1st December until 9th January, the experience will be open seven days a week from 5 – 9pm (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day).


Admission to Wild Lights will be €23 for adults and €19 for children. Annual pass holders can avail of a special rate of €21 for adults and €17 for children. Children under the age of three go free but will still need a pre-booked ticket. Students and OAP tickets are available for €20.

*Powering Wild Lights

Dublin Zoo has made a significant investment to ensure the 2022 Wild Lights event can run without impacting the national energy grid during the upcoming winter. To ensure Wild Lights has no impact on energy supply, it will be taken off the grid and powered by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) derived from 100% renewable raw materials. Hydrotreated vegetable oil is synthesised from waste fats and vegetable oil.  It is a biofuel which, compared to other fuels, eliminates up to 90% of greenhouse gas emissions. Other steps taken to reduce energy consumption include LED lights and shortening the daily running time of the event by an hour.


Note: We were invited to the preview of Wild Lights, we were not asked to write this review, i just absolutely loved it!