In pics: Giant lanterns light up the night at Edinburgh Zoo

A peacock lantern at The Giant Lanterns of China exhibition at Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS)
A peacock lantern at The Giant Lanterns of China exhibition at Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS)

LOOKING for something a little different to do this Christmas?

This unique spectacle in Scotland’s capital could be just the ticket for a family day out.

The Giant Lanterns of China is currently delighting visitors at Edinburgh Zoo.

The stunning installation of over 450 lanterns will be on display until the 25th of February 2018.

The dazzling trail was created by 150 craftsmen from Sichuan, who put in a total of 25,000 hours of work.

Lion Lantern (RZSS Media)

The lantern menagerie boasts 30 giant pandas, 12 lions, 30 native birds, 15 snails, 20 penguins and 25 flamingos.

Flamingo Lanterns (RZSS Media)

The trail through these great steel and silk sculptures will explore three themes: China, Edinburgh Zoo, and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) worldwide animal conservation work.

Monkey Lantern (RZSS Media)

One of the highlights is a 19-foot high and 115-foot long Chinese dragon, guarding the Zoo until the event ends at during the Chinese Spring Festival.

Silk Dragon (RZSS)
(RZSS Media)

The partnership creating the lanterns stems from a long standing relationship between RZSS and Sichuan, the birth place of Edinburgh Zoo’s giant pandas.

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the only giant pandas in the UK, Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine).

Giant Panda Lanterns (RZSS Media)
Giant Panda Lanterns (RZSS Media)

Barbara Smith, CEO at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said: “Edinburgh Zoo has very strong ties with China and Chinese culture thanks to our famous giant pandas.


“As the only place in Scotland to see these lanterns, The Giant Lanterns of China will encourage local supporters and visitors from around the world to view our animals and conservation work in a new light.”

(RZSS Media)

Each evening of the event, visitors will also be entertained with special surprises such as performances, food and craft stalls.


Tickets are priced from £17.50 per adult and available at