Europe’s biggest light festival coming to Manchester this winter


If you’re looking for something to do this winter, then what better than an enormous light and lantern festival?

And Manchester is set to host just that, with Lightopia making its European debut in our city.

The festival will feature giant lanterns, lasers, lights and water shows when it takes over Heaton Park in November and December.


This includes a display of illuminated Manchester bees, leading the way to other attractions, as well as The Love Gate, The Flower Road, Elysian Field, Flower Hand, Happy Valley, Tree Of Life and more than 2,000 lanterns.

And to get you in the festive mood, there’ll also be a huge 11-metre tall glowing Christmas tree - the tallest display at the family friendly event.

Besides the vast amount of lights on offer, there will also be musicians and acrobats to keep you entertained, alongside family rides and street food, and an epic water show every night with projectors lighting up fountains.


Lightopia is in town from November 21st to December 31st, but will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

It’ll be open from 5pm-10pm, with last entry at 8.30pm, and advanced tickets will set you back £18 for adults and £11 for children (there’ll be £20 and £13 on the door). Children under three get in for free, and you can also get a family ticket for £54 (£62 on the door).

For more information and to get you hands on tickets, visit their website here.

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