Glow Marwell is back and it’s going to be spectacular! 🌟

June 3, 2024

A child hops across stepping stones at Glow Marwell christmas light trail event

Become part of the magic and make memories to last a lifetime as Glow Marwell returns brighter than ever before.

We’re lighting up the front of the park for a third year as our enchanted nature light trail returns with new displays and interactive experiences to inspire wonder in all ages. You will be able to explore the natural elements of fire, earth, air and water as you dive under the sea, drift amongst neon clouds, toast marshmallows over fire pits and revel in the snow.

Glow Marwell will open to guests on Friday 29 November and will run on selected dates until Monday 30 December.

This year, you will have the chance to become part of the event as we introduce the magic of UV face paints which will “pop” under special lights around the trail (additional charge applies, subject to availability.)

UV butterfly facepaint brightly glows around a young girl's eyes.
Designs may vary.

Strike a pose, capture the perfect pictures and enjoy all the magic of Christmas with awesome sights, fabulous flavours, musical sounds, irresistible smells and hands on elements. As well as lots of new surprises to discover along the route, we’re welcoming back Glow favourites such as our enchanted tree, light tunnel, moon chairs and stepping stones, which have been reimagined bigger and brighter than before.

We’re also welcoming Father Christmas back into Marwell Hall where he’ll be spreading festive cheer along with his trusty elves. Families will be able to book their visit to the man in red in advance (additional charge applies, subject to availability) and will be able to enjoy the setting of our majestic Grade 1 listed building.

As with last year’s event, guests will be able to enjoy the zoo from 1pm until 4pm before the lights come on to transform the zoo into a twinkling wonderland.

Our festive menu will be back with giant stuffed Yorkshire puddings, illuminated candy floss and scrummy crumble pots with custard!

Quiet nights will return on Monday 2 December and Monday 9 December for guests who prefer a calmer, more relaxed experience that’s still full to the brim with magic.

Marwell Zoo Annual Members will have early access to discounted tickets from Monday 3 June before they go on general sale on Friday 7 June.

Additional charges apply for Father Christmas, marshmallow toasting and face painting and all purchases on site must be made by card. Face paint designs may vary.

Last year’s event was truly magical and we can’t wait to welcome you all again. If you’re in need of a sparkly pick-me-up beforehand, here’s our pick of Glow Marwell 2023’s best bits.