Welcome to 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 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 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.

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 entertainment area adds another dimension to the experience with an international range of food and beverage vendors, Santa’s Grotto, festival merchandise and a funfair with rides and games. This entertainment area can be accessed separately from the Lantern Festival from 2pm each day so visitors can come along and enjoy these activities before entering the Lantern Festival at 4pm.

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!

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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