When: 24th November 2017 – 1st January 2018
Where: London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds
£: Tickets cost between £5 and £19.70
What is it?
Experience hundreds of handmade illuminated installations, unique grottos, rides and Christmas markets at this year’s Magical Lantern Festival. The festival will be taking place in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds, from 24th November 2017 to 1st January 2018.
London’s historic Chiswick House Gardens will see its picturesque, 65 acres, packed with more than 50 larger-than-life installations. The installations, which are handmade and made from silk, will include a giant depiction of Santa and his reindeer, glowing angel wings for the perfect Instagram opportunities, and a magnificent recreation of an ancient city from the Song Dynasty.
Manchester’s Philips Park (behind Etihad Stadium) will play host to penguins on ice, an ancient Temple of Heaven and an extraordinary footballing lantern recreation; celebrating the city’s love affair with the beautiful game.
Meanwhile, the landscaped grounds of Birmingham’s Kings Heath Park will be festooned with a lantern trail, featuring a huge gingerbread house and an enormous handmade replica of the iconic Birmingham Central Library.
Leeds will see Roundhay Park filled with lanterns of all shapes and sizes, from polar bears on ice to a Chinese Temple of Heaven recreation.
For an additional £10 ticket, children can meet Santa himself, in the timber grotto experience, with every child taking away a gift. Meanwhile, grown-ups can warm up with mulled wine and drinks at the bar, and a variety of hot food from the Christmas market.
More info: www.magicallantern.uk