What is the Magical Lantern Festival Yorkshire?

The Magical Lantern Festival makes its debut in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds 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 Roundhay Park 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 16 metre wide lantern entrance feature before they embark on a fascinating journey through the park uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeers to flowers and animals.

Where is the Festival?

Roundhay Park, Leeds. The correct entrance for the festival is the Rose Gardens entrance on Princes Avenue.

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 Europe’s largest city park, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, 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 giant 16-metre wide Xmas scene with huge Xmas tree, Santa and snowmen lanterns will be one of the top attractions.

The entertainment area adds another dimension to the experience with an international range of food and beverage vendors, santa’s grotto, 3 small children’s fairground rides and festival merchandise.

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 3 and under 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.

Will There be Other Entertainment?

There will be a street food and drink area, merchandise stall, santa’s grotto and a few children’s fairground rides, which are charged separately. This area can be accessed from 2pm when the grotto opens. The food and drink stalls open at 4pm.

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 festival route is mostly accessible to wheelchair users and for pushchairs. Please be aware that some areas do have a few steps and some uneven flooring as we are on a public park site. Our teams onsite are ready to assist any wheelchair users where possible and offer route guidance and advice as we would like all our visitors to enjoy the festival and make the most of their visit

What are the Festival Opening Times and Dates?

25th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017

Open Thursday to Sunday each week from 4.00pm – 10.00pm

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

Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 4.00pm to 9.00pm

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!