In response to the most recent lockdown which began on the 5th of January 2021, the organisers of Lightopia have taken the decision to close the festival early this year. They look forward to welcoming visitors again in December 2021.
Lightopia, the award-winning and visually sensational lantern and light festival, returns to light up Manchester this winter and throughout the festive season.
Visitors to Heaton Park will be able to experience unique and interactive light exhibits, as well as incredible lasers and the magical illuminated trail. Bringing all of the magic and attractions from last year, which include the antler-framed Love Gate, the Tree of Life, and of course, the stunning Lakeside Water Show, this year’s event will feature some brand-new creations too.
Get ready for a brilliant Christmas showcase, which incorporates the historic Heaton Hall, alongside sparkling snowflakes and Santa’s sleigh. And little ones will enjoy creating their own festive soundtrack on a huge walking piano. There will also be an Astronomy display complete with an interactive zodiac sign installation, and a truly captivating Musical City, where Lightopians will be encouraged to dance their way through the lights of the Manchester skyline.
A shimmering spectacle of colour and celebration, Lightopia will take you and your family on a fantastical journey.
Creative director of Lightopia Ian Xiang, said: “We are excited to bring Lightopia back to Manchester, and have once again created a world in which light, sculpture and art combine with traditional, Chinese lantern-making techniques to create an immersive experience, full of light and stories.
“We want our guests to become part of the Lightopia story, helping to create new forms of art as they interact and engage with the luminescent sculptures that trail through Heaton Park.”
Bringing a safe experience for families to enjoy, the new route for 2020 has been designed with physical distancing in mind. Expect wider footpaths and three entry points, to reduce queuing, and direct access to two car parks.