Start Date10th Dec 2022 End Date10th Dec 2022

BRAND NEW for 2022

Join us for a magical journey…

Saturday 10th December 2022

Enchanted is a pre-bookable event with a maximum capacity each evening. Arrivals will be staggered along the trail offering you the chance to experience the wonder of the lights and magical atmosphere at leisure!

Colchester Zoo will close at 4:30pm to day visitors as usual, before opening at 5:30pm on selected evenings, leaving the zoo behind as the trail of light comes to life!

With a host of illuminations along a designated route, dancing fountains and fairies spreading their magic, we have no doubt that you’ll leave feeling enchanted. Food and drinks will be available along the route so no need to worry about eating beforehand! There will also be a themed photo point so you can purchase a souvenir of your evening.

Anyone under the age of 16yrs MUST be accompanied by a responsible guardian over the age of 18yrs. We will not admit anyone unaccompanied under the age of 16yrs.

The Enchanted Trail of Light event must be pre-booked online in advance for a specific time of arrival. Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable. Unfortunately, it is not viable for us to offer a discount to Passholders for this event. Tesco Partner Reward Codes CANNOT be used for entry to this event.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This evening event does not include access to the Santa Experience or any other activities that take place in the daytime during the Magic of Christmas – if you wish to visit Santa you must book a separate Santa Experience ticket AND book an zoo entry ticket/be a valid passholder to visit the zoo in the daytime during the Magic of Christmas.

Colchester Zoo (location only, the zoo will be closed during event)
Enchanted is available to book in slots from 5.30pm. Choose your date and 15 minute arrival time slot when booking, closing times may vary.

There are 7 dates available in which to participate in this event:
Saturday 3rd December 2022
Wednesday 7th December 2022
Saturday 10th December 2022
Wednesday 14th December 2022
Saturday 17th December 2022
Wednesday 21st December 2022
Friday 23rd December 2022

Please note: The zoo is closed on 25th December 2022.
The trail can take 1 ½ hours to complete depending on whether you choose to take a break from the trail for a bite to eat. The route is ONE WAY so you are unable to turn back once you have begun the trail.

Your entry admits you to participate in the Enchanted route ONCE within the evening. You are not able to re-walk the route once you have completed the trail.
Under 16yrs must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 16 yrs at all times whilst in the park. Unaccompanied persons under 16 yrs will not be admitted.
The Enchanted event must be pre-booked online in advance for a specific time of arrival.
Unfortunately, it is not viable for us to offer a discount to Passholders for this event.
Tesco Partner Reward Codes CANNOT be used for entry to this event.

All tickets are available at £10.00 per person – children under 3yrs are admitted free of charge.

Personal assistants will be admitted free of charge to accompany a guest with disability – verification may be requested on arrival.

A ticket to Enchanted does not admit entry to Colchester Zoo during usual opening hours.

Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable.

Admission to this event cannot be used to upgrade to a Zoo Pass. Our Guest Services office will be closed during this event.

Although this event is hosted by us here at Colchester Zoo & the trail is within the park, the zoo itself will remain closed and the event does not include animal viewing.

Please be aware that all activities, terms & conditions, dates, times and prices are subject to change.


Our popular daytime Magic of Christmas events will be running on selected days in November and December. Please see our Magic of Christmas event pages for more details.

Enchanted is an exclusive evening event which is separate to the zoo.
We will have a small number of catering outlets open offering hot food, snacks and drinks throughout the evening so you can take a break and enjoy some tasty treats!
We will have evening entry time slots every 15 minutes from 5:30pm with the last entry time at 8.15 – 8.30pm. This allows for a smooth flow of people throughout Enchanted Trail of Light, helping to avoid overcrowding and queuing for long periods of time.

As you enter certain areas of the trail, our marshals may ask you to wait for a short time to allow for previous groups to move on and keep a steady flow throughout the trail.
As Colchester Zoo will be closing and reopening outside of normal operating hours for this special event, all visitors to Enchanted will be charged the same admission price per person.

Unfortunately, it is not viable for us to offer a discount to Passholders for this event due to the the general operation of the event.
Passholder discounts will still be available in open food outlets.
Colchester Zoo will close at 4:30pm. From 5:30pm, the Enchanted Trail of Light will open and the zoo as you know it will remain closed therefore, it will not be possible to see any of the animals.

Enchanted consists of a marked route which you will be asked to follow.

If you would like to see the animals at Colchester Zoo, Enchanted is not the event for you, instead we recommend joining us during the day.
The trail has been designed to be accessible for wheelchairs, however there are some areas that may present difficulty because of uneven ground or after wet weather when the surface may become muddy or slippery. Parts of the trail do also use bark chipping as a base and this may prove difficult for some, not all, wheelchairs.
We do not recommend this event for assistant dogs, however this is at the owners’ discretion. This is due to special effects that will occur throughout the trail.

If you decide to enter with an assistant dog, please contact us in advance to make our team aware of the time you will be visiting.

Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable, do keep this in mind when deciding if this event is suitable for your assistance dog.
Smoking and vaping is strictly prohibited with the zoo grounds. Please only use our designated smoking area located in the car park, outside of the zoo’s main entrance.

Terms and Conditions Apply.

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