The Magical Lantern Festival makes its debut in Yorkshire at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London last year.

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.

The festival offers endless fun and will tantalise and tease children’s senses leaving them in awe of their surroundings! At the end of the festival children will enter the entertainment area where they can visit Santa’s Grotto, sample delicious hot food from around the world and enjoy the funfair and games.

Children will be mesmerised by the fantastic array of colours, brightly lit giant lanterns in the shape of santa, reindeers, Xmas trees, flowers, plants, camels, London Bus, giant panda, giant fish and so much more…..

The festival will be open everyday throughout the Xmas school holidays apart from Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, making the festival the perfect destination for a family night out!

Santa’s Grotto

Santa's Grotto for Children
Experience a grotto like no other as you enter Santa’s Magical Tipi, filled with festive wonder to wow every member of the family. Keep yourself cosy by the real-flame fire as you wait to meet the man from Lapland and put the magic back into everybody’s Christmas this year. The grotto is beautifully decorated with lights and presents to add to the festive feel. Every child will be given a Christmas present to take away with them. Santa’s Magical Tipi will be charged separately at £10 per child (including a gift). It is recommended that you book in advance, however for during quieter times bookings can be made at the Tipi.

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!


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!