We’ve had a Glow up! ⭐

November 27, 2023

A Ghost caribou lantern costume stands in front of a lit-up Marwell Hall at Marwell Zoo's Glow Marwell event

We’ve tested the lights, sound checked the music, tested the menus and our events team have added the final touch of sparkle.

It’s time to lift the curtain on Glow Marwell 2023, back with double the sparkle and more than half a million lights, snow galore and brand new illuminations set to ignite the imagination.

This year’s event is more interactive, more magical and more immersive than ever before.

Nicky Cole, Senior Event Manager, said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring all the magic and wonder of the festive season to this year’s Glow Marwell event and we’re excited to be sharing it with guests for a second year.

A little girl marvels at snow as it falls around her at Glow Marwell 2023

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Father Christmas’s grotto back for the first time since the pandemic and we know he and his helpers will be doing everything they can to spread some cheer.

“All of our lights are themed around enchanted nature this year so let your imaginations run wild and enjoy experiencing Marwell in a different light.”

Watch steppingstones change colour as you step on them, create shadow shapes behind our light walls and strike a pose on rainbow road.

Guests can marvel at our spellbinding enchanted tree, wander through a 36-metre multi-coloured light tunnel and experience our woodland projections.

Photo opportunities include illuminated wings, nutcracker guard huts, shadow play and light arches as well as falling snow, Christmas trees galore and marshmallow toasting.

Don’t forget to visit our magical wishing tree located inside the gift shop and Father Christmas will be paying us a visit on selected dates (see website for details)

For those hoping to indulge their tastebuds as well as their eyes, there are a variety of food options at this year’s event ranging from festive buns and snacks at Café Graze to candyfloss, doughnuts and German sausages courtesy of Freemans Amusements.

Premium nights will have an added dash of magic in the form of our fabulous roaming acts. Each premium night will feature two of the following acts selected at random:

  • A giant illuminated Barn Owl,
  • Interactive living Snow Globe
  • Fire jugglers -Juggling inferno
  • Ghost Caribou puppetry
  • The Luminas elegant illuminated act on stilts

This year’s event promises double the sparkle with more than half a million LED bulbs, new photo opportunities and hundreds of gently glowing flowers.

Lasers, projections, uplighters and firepits complete an ambience of tranquil wonder, magic and fantasy for all of the family.

For more information, menus and ticket information please visit our Glow Marwell page.