Head into the 40-metre-long Light Vortex and marvel at the canopy of over 100,000 glistening pea-lights above you.

Discover the mythical Christmas Sledge Tree and its 365 individual sledges – one for each day of the year.

As you walk beneath playful ribbons of colour changing lights, listen out for the mesmerising voices of a quartet of 30-metre-tall Singing Trees in the distance, as glowing fountains dance in time to much-loved Christmas classics at the iconic Penguin Pool.

There are hidden surprises too – look out for frosty snowflakes, shimmering stars and gigantic baubles where you least expect them.

Pause for a moment at the historic Mappin Terraces as Magic Mountain springs to life with a splash of colour and playful projections. Don't forget to keep a lookout for Father Christmas and his elves along the way.

Complete your stroll under the stars with mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air.

Soak up the atmosphere with a vintage carousel ride*, and other family rides whilst you enjoy traditional treats, before picking up an irresistible gift or two at ZSL London Zoo's shop.

Created in partnership with Raymond Gubbay Limited and designed by Culture Creative, the team behind 'Christmas at Kew', the trail features more than two miles of LED cabling, over 200 light projections and hundreds of thousands of individual lights.

What: Christmas at London Zoo 

When: 22 November – 1 January 2019

Admission: Advance prices from: Adult £16.50, Child £10.50, Family £52.00, Under 3's & carers free. Price discounts for ZSL members. Transaction charges apply. Website: christmasatlondonzoo.co.uk    

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Please note: Christmas at London Zoo is a unique opportunity to experience a magical series of twinkling light installations after dark on a festive trail around ZSL's historic London site. The trail takes place in the evening, past the Zoo residents' bedtimes. Instead the light sculptures will circle the Zoo's 36 acre site, making sure not to disturb any of the sleeping animals.