Wild Lights Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo is one of Dublin’s most loved holiday events and gets bigger and better every year. It is a fun and enjoyable festival for the whole family.

This festival of lights promises every visitor a unique sensational sense of adventure. It is a thrilling experience to see the illuminated extinct animals, such as the Irish elk, dodo, and woolly mammoth.

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About Wild Lights Dublin Zoo

The lighting display currently at risk of extinction animals is a beautiful yet somber part of the light exhibition. On the bright side, it is an excellent chance to start a conversation with kids regarding the importance of protecting wildlife.

Aside from exotic creatures, this Christmas light show also has a section where you can rediscover Irish legends and folklores. It is accompanied by stunning blinking Christmas lights, rope lights, fairy lights, net lights, icicle lights, LED curtain lights, and more. 

Every display at the light festival tells a story. It is a tribute to the storytellers who let us enter magical and mysterious worlds. You can find your favorite characters from Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and many more

What’s more, Wild Lights Dublin Zoo will take you “Around the World” to see some of the world’s iconic symbols and famous landmarks. From the USA to Morocco and India to Spain – expect a breathtaking and magical journey as you witness popular sights from different continents.

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo Dates (2022-2023)

This year’s Wild Lights Dublin Zoo will let you wander the ancient Egyptian pyramids, explore outer space, and even enjoy a romantic vibe in the Eiffel Tower – all these through captivating giant colorful silk lantern displays.

The Christmas light show will spark your senses and offer you the nostalgia and joy of the holiday season. As you follow the one-way trail, you will see more than a thousand illuminated lanterns and enjoy exciting trips around the world.

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo will run from October 28, 2022, and end on January 9, 2022. So, you have plenty of time to plan your trip. 

Where is dublin zoo wild lights Located and How to Get There 

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo will give you never-ending fun, joy, and excitement throughout your visit. It is not only for kids but for everyone who wants to experience magic and adventure in one place.

The light exhibition occurs in Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland. You can easily access the zoo from Dublin city center by car, public transport, or by foot.

By Taxi 

You can reach Dublin Zoo via North Road or Chesterfield Avenue if you prefer to take a taxi. Please note that the North Road comes with a pilot one-way scheme.

By Dublin Bus 

C5, C6, 69, 46A, and 26 are the bus routes that stop nearest the festival site. Dublin Bus is the most extensive and easiest travel network, and most buses run from 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM.

By Rail 

The Heuston Station is the closest train station to the festival venue. It is around a 20-minute walk from the zoo.

By Dublin Bikes 

If you like riding your bicycle to Dublin Zoo, the closest stands are in the Heuston Station. It is around a 10-minute cycle from the zoo.

Festival Hours 

With Wild Lights Dublin Zoo, you will witness different light displays and lanterns that can make your Christmas celebration extra special. You can bring your family and friends to have a one-of-a-kind bonding experience. 

The light exhibition starts from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM (October and November) and from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM (December and January). Beware that the last entry in October and November is 8:00 PM, while 7:00 PM for December and January.

It is recommended to arrive at the festival site early so you won’t miss any fun activities.

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Wild lights dublin zoo tickets

Wild Lights Dublin Zoo offers a unique nighttime experience you will not have anywhere. Plus, it is also an affordable and exciting way to make your holiday memorable and enjoyable.

The ticket price starts at $16.31 to $22.42. Visitors under 3 years old can join the Christmas light show for free. If you bring companions under 16 years old, they should always be accompanied by an adult.

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Weather and What to Wear 

The light festival starts in October, so expect the weather to be very rainy and crisp. The daytime temperatures are usually in the single digits C (40s F). While you may experience rain half of the time, colder weather will not bring low humidity. So, ensure to pack the following:

  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses 
  • Long sleeve blouses or shirts 
  • Fleece or light jacket 
  • Extra socks 
  • Light or heavy skirts 
  • Rain jacket 
  • Waterproof footwear 
  • Rain pants 
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In November, the city can be very rainy and brisk. The overnight temperatures are usually in the single digits C (low 40s F). In some days, the temperatures are often in the single digits C (below 32 F). You may also experience rain half of the time, but colder weather will not bring low humidity. Make sure to pack the following:

  • Jeans or pants 
  • Dresses 
  • Rain pants 
  • Waterproof footwear 
  • Raincoat
  • Light or heavy skirts 
  • Fleece or light jacket 
  • Extra socks 
  • Standard footwear 
  • Long sleeve blouses or shirts 

If you prefer to visit Dublin in December, expect the weather to be cool with heavy rain. The daytime temperatures are often in the single digits C (high 40s F). The nighttime temperatures are in the single digits C (high 30s F). Over half of the days of December have rain. So, do not forget to bring the following:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleece 
  • Jacket or Coat
  • Jeans or warm pants
  • Standard footwear 
  • Raincoat 
  • Waterproof footwear 
  • Rain pants Extra socks
  • Wild Lights Dublin Zoo is until the first week of 2023, and the weather tends to be cold and very rainy. The temperatures hover in the single digits C (30s F) during daytime. At night, the temper

atures are in the single digits C (30s F). So, below are the clothing and footwear you should bring:

  • Jeans or warm pants
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleece
  • Coat or jacket 
  • Extra socks 
  • Standard footwear 
  • Rain poncho 
  • Waterproof footwear 
  • Rain pants 

Hotels nearby the dublin zoo wild lights

Do not get too excited visiting Wild Lights Dublin Zoo; ensure to book a clean and comfortable place to stay. Below are the top recommendations:

Ashling Hotel Dublin 

This hotel is approximately 1.1 km from the zoo. It is beside the Heuston Station overlooking the River Liffey. It has spacious rooms, a stylish bar, beautifully decorated interiors, and free Wi-Fi access.

Glencourt Apartments 

This accommodation is around 0.9 km from the festival site. It features garden views with free internet access. It is also 1.6 km from the National Museum of Ireland.

McGettigan’s Townhouse 

The townhouse is approximately 1.7 km from the festival venue. It is situated about 500 meters from the National Museum of Ireland. It features free Wi-Fi, allergy-free rooms, and a bar.

Hilton Dublin Kilmainham 

This hotel is about 1.4 km from the zoo and a short drive from the city center. Aside from the Dublin city views, it is also a walking distance from the Heuston Railway Station.

Henrietta Suites Centre

This accommodation is approximately 2.3 km from the festival site. It is nearby The City Hall, Jameson Distillery, and St. Michan’s Church. It features free Wi-Fi access and private parking.

Where to Eat 

Before you visit the light festival, you can explore different food destinations near the festival venue, including:

Fallon & Byrne Dining Room

This restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine. It has a fantastic artisan food store attached. You can choose from delicious food items and a wine range. The service is very efficient and personable.

FIRE Steakhouse & Bar 

Every steak lover would love to visit this food destination. Aside from the fantastic food, the service and ambiance are also recommendable.

The Ivy Dawson Street 

This diner is a perfect place to experience contemporary British dishes. The food and service are excellent. Do not forget to order the white chocolate cheesecake – it’s delicious!

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More Things to Do near wild lights

The fun and enjoyment do not stop with Wild Lights Dublin Zoo; you can try other destinations, like:

Guinness Storehouse Factory 

Guinness Storehouse Factory is situated in the center of St. James’s Gate Brewery. The interior looks the same as Guinness’ pint and is the world’s largest pint. On the 7th floor, there is the Gravity Bar, giving you the Dublin skyline’s 360-degree view.

Phoenix Park 

This 1,700-acre park has long stretches of green and a wide variety of plants and trees. What’s more, it home to the US Ambassador’s Residences, the Wellington Monument, a sports field, and Dublin Zoo.

Dublin Castle 

The Dublin Castle lets you travel back to prehistoric Dublin. It offers self-guided or guided tours, including the castle’s gardens, rooms, and museums like the Revenue Museum, the Garda Museum, the Chester Beatty Library, and Chapel Royal.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is Ireland’s largest church. It was initially built in 1911 and is the resting place of Jonathan Swift. Its beauty is noticeable from inside and out.

Arik Akunis
Arik Akunis

My name is Arik Akunis and I have been in the field of lighting for over the last 20 years, I started my journey in the world of lighting in the lighting niche for events where I first came across a festival of lights and immediately fell in love with it.

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