Here’s a heads up about the Magical Lantern Festival which is coming to Roundhay Park in Leeds from November 24.
Now in its second year, it will be open Wednesday to Sunday each week and open every day during the Christmas holidays apart from Christmas Eve and Day.
The Magic Lantern Festival, which also visits Manchester and Birmingham, among other UK locations, promises to be a spectacular festival of lights, culture, art and cuisine. It’s the brainchild of Weli Creative’s David Lee and Ian Xiang, who explain: “We’ve created the ultimate Christmas family experience this year, cherry-picking the most stunning locations for each event and filling them with giant, fairytale-like lanterns depicting elaborate Christmas scenes.”
Leeds will see Roundhay Park filled with lanterns, from polar bears on ice to a Chinese Temple of Heaven recreation. Tickets cost from £8 for a child, £36 for a family, and an additional £10 ticket, children can meet Santa in the timber grotto experience, with every child taking away a gift to remember it.
For the grown-ups, there’s mulled wine and drinks at the bar, plus there is lots of hot food from the Christmas Market.
The Magic Lantern Festival organisers promise visitors a visual feast of light and illumination at Roundhay Park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns against its lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways.
There are also fairground rides for children, Quality Street’s lantern area, and Hygge Tipi, where you can enjoy prosecco, mulled wine and hot chocolate.
The festival is open from 5pm to 10pm with last entry at 9pm.
It runs from November 24 to January 1. Tickets are from £8-15.50 individually and family tickets are available in advance from £36 for a family of four. See http://www.magicallantern.uk/magical-lantern-festival-yorkshire