Welcome to 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 festival is open from Thursday to Sunday each week and open every day during the Xmas holidays apart from Xmas Eve and Xmas Day.

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.

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. Look out for the lantern recreation of Birmingham’s most famous modern landmark, the Bullring’s bronze bull…..

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.

Please note: The onsite car park is being reserved for blue badge holders only. Visitors should use public transport or drive and park on one of the local side roads to the venue.

Lantern Trails

Explore the 75 Minute Lantern Trail

The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. A stunning outdoor event, a festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around the park and gardens exploring amazing giant lanterns in all shapes and sizes from wildlife and nature to animals and architecture!

FOOD & DRINK

International Food and Drink

Mouth watering international cuisine and traditional street food will be on offer at this year’s festival. From traditional Spanish Churros and authentic jerk chicken to sticky rice and dumplings, there will be something for everyone to tuck into!

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