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Lightopia will still go ahead in Heaton Park under Tier 3 restrictions next month

Lightopia is still set to return to Heaton Park on 3rd December.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th November 2020

Lightopia is still set to return to Heaton Park for a new, socially-distanced edition of adventures, lights, lanterns, sculptures and shows this December.

Following the UK government’s announcement yesterday that Greater Manchester will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions once the national lockdown ends on 2nd December, the organisers of Lightopia have confirmed that the award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival will still go ahead as planned.

Lightopia – which was originally due to open on 20th November – is now to open at Heaton Park on Thursday 3rd December, and extend its run all the way through until Sunday 10th January.

The event will operate under the ‘rule of six’ and visitors must adhere to this.

It will be open to the public every day (except for Christmas Day) and opening times are between 5pm to 10pm, with last entry is 8.30pm daily.


With Christmas very much the theme for this year’s light and lantern festival, Lightopia will use the stunning Grade I-listed Heaton Hall as its sparkling backdrop for all its festive merriment.

It will also feature a 10-metre illuminated Christmas tree.


Ticket holders whose booking has already been affected by lockdown restrictions have been informed directly and advised on all their options – including moving their booking to another date in December, or being offered a refund – and Lightopia is currently working with local authorities in accordance with government guidelines to create its socially-distanced festive spectacular.

This year’s event showcases unique interactive and immersive lights and lanterns, with new installations and a brand-new route for guests to explore for 2020.

Lightopia has also launched its ‘Wheel of Light’ for Black Friday today, with special prizes to be won from Wednesday 25th November – Sunday 29th November, and you can head to the Lightopia website to spin the Wheel of Light and be in with a chance of winning 25% off tickets, a VIP tour for two, and many more prizes (T&Cs apply).


You can find more information regarding proceedings, ticket prices, deals and COVID-safety measures ahead of your trip to the event next month here.

Tickets can be booked via the Lightopia website here.