THE popular Lanterns event will return to Chester Zoo this Christmas.

Showcasing much-loved animal illuminations and characters from years gone by, visitors will be able to take a trip through nine unique worlds as part of 'The Great Christmas Expedition.'

And zoo bosses have confirmed some of the new attractions for this year.

Created specially for 2019, a new underwater world will see visitors dodging magical glowing jellyfish and meeting a giant octopus.

In other worlds guests will be transported from a tropical dreamland to a night sky adventure and of course will be treated to new surprise lanterns.

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Head of guest experience at Chester Zoo Jon Turley said: “This year, we’re inviting guests to join us on a great Christmas expedition!

“Specially created illuminated wildlife and animal characters will span nine different fantastical worlds on a new magical path through the zoo; each one different to the last.

"You’ll be transported to the bottom of the sea in an ‘Underwater’ world where you’ll be coming face to face with a huge octopus.

“Then you’ll make your way through a world of Tropical Dreams which will be a dramatic centrepiece to your evening, complete with new beautiful lanterns.

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"Suspend belief as you take the Night Sky Adventure and travel through the clouds and stars, all under the moonlight.

“Finally, don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas who will be spreading festive cheer throughout the adventure!”

The Lanterns has been created by the zoo in partnership with multi award-winning outdoor arts producers Wild Rumpus.

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Proceeds from The Lanterns ticket sales will help support the zoo’s work as a conservation charity, fighting to prevent extinction around the world for thousands of threatened species.

The Lanterns runs on selected dates from Friday, November 22 to Monday, December 23.

Tickets are priced at £5.50 for children and £10.50 for adults, to get yours visit: