What is the Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham?

The Magical Lantern Festival makes its debut in Birmingham at Botanical Gardens following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year.

The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. A stunning outdoor Xmas themed event, a festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Botanical Gardens and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.

Visitors will enter the festival through a giant 12-metre wide lantern entrance feature before they embark on a fascinating journey through the gardens uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeers to flowers and animals.

Where is the Festival?

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Rd, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR.

Onsite parking at the venue is for disabled badge holders and drop off only.

What can you do at the Festival?

We promise visitors a truly amazing experience, a visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens.

The character of the 15-acre site is similar to a Victorian public park and lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns, with its combination of ponds, woodland, gardens and pathways.

Visitors will see some of the most artistic and beautifully constructed lantern installations outside of China. The lanterns represent and celebrate Xmas and Chinese culture and heritage. No doubt the lantern recreation of Birmingham’s most famous modern landmark, the Bullring’s bronze bull, will be the top attraction and the most popular photo opportunity.

The festival has a range of international food and beverage vendors and festival merchandise will also be available to purchase as a memento of your experience.

What is a Concessions Ticket?

A concessions ticket can be purchased by students, over 65’s, those with disabilities and those on benefits. Please bring some form of proof with you to the festival. Thank you.

What Ages are Child Tickets?

A child ticket is for children aged between 4 – 16. Children aged under 4 enter for free and do not need a ticket. Please note that all children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult to the festival.

Will There be Food and Drink Available?

Keep warm and refreshed with our delicious range of food and heart-warming tipples. There are plenty of food options for the whole family, a range of seasonal dishes and seating in the Market Area.  You’ll also find a variety of quality food and beverages located at the main entrance and along the festival route.

What Should I Wear?

Dress for an evening outdoors in the winter. Visitors are advised to wear warm clothing and suitable footwear. There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue, so visitors will not be able to store bags or large items. Scooters, skates and bicycles are not permitted on site.

Is There Disabled Access?

The route is accessible to wheelchair users and to pushchairs. Assistance dogs will be welcomed, but no other dogs are permitted on site.

What are the Festival Opening Times and Dates?

25th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017

Open Thursday to Sunday each week from 5.00pm to 10.00pm

Open everyday during Xmas half term holidays (Closed on Xmas eve and Xmas day)

Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 5.00pm to 9.30pm

Please arrive 15 minutes before your chosen entry time.

Will I be Able to get a Refund if the Event is Cancelled?

Magical Lantern Festival and Ticketmaster cannot offer to exchange tickets once purchased, so please make sure that you have chosen the right date and time slot when you book. We are not able to offer refunds or duplicates on lost or unwanted tickets.

Magical Lantern Festival and Ticketmaster, cannot offer any exchanges or refunds unless the event is cancelled. Inevitably bad weather can affect any outdoor event. If the venue considers it unsafe to proceed, and we have to cancel the event, visitors will be offered an alternative date/time.

No refunds will be offered simply for bad weather as the festival will still be open. Any decision to cancel the event will be taken at 3pm on the day of an event.


If the event is cancelled by the venue or the organisers for any reason, patrons will be offered an alternative night.

Are Filming and Photography Allowed?

Of course, please share your experience on social media!