Following its European debut in Manchester last year, Lightopia will return to Heaton Park with its award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival.
Lightopia showcases unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns and installations, with a magical illuminated trail that has been designed to maintain social distance from others. This year’s event will also feature new themes and creations to discover!
Lighting up Manchester this winter, and throughout the festive season, Lightopia 2020 will see new installations unveiled and a brand-new route for guests to explore. The new route has been designed to create a safe environment, where Lightopians are able to see the sights safely with friends and family; there will be wider footpaths to maintain social distancing, three entry points to reduce queuing and direct access to two car parks.
New themes to uncover include a stand-out Christmas showcase, which uses the Grade I-listed Heaton Hall as its sparkling backdrop – enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Lightopia, as you pass by Santa’s sleigh, glistening snowflakes and make your own festive soundtrack with a giant interactive walking piano.
Also new is the Astronomy display; illuminating the night sky with its beautiful moon installation, other pieces include robotic controlled pads on the floor, which create light shows when stepped on and an interactive Zodiac Sign installation.
There will also be an area dedicated to the Manchester Skyline and an immersive Musical City encouraging visitors to dance their way through the lights.
The popular Animals attraction will return, and much-loved installations from 2019
can be re-visited in the Discovery space. Children will be full of excitement as they
enter the fairytale world of candy, flowers and characters at the Woodland Fairytale
area, with some new captivating pieces featured in this illuminated wonderland.
The Lakeside water show will also play a key role in the exhibition, as a state-of-the-
art projection creates a visual masterpiece, bringing the story of Lightopia to life; with
a new production created for 2020 that reflects the Lightopia themes of discovery.
Shimmering walkways, lights and lanterns will guide the walkways, marking the route
direction. And extraordinary dragon sculptures will lead the way Lightopia’s food
stalls and licensed bars.
Event-goers will be fully immersed into the Lightopia narrative, exploring new
experiences through each design, transporting visitors on a breath-taking journey of
discovery into the beautiful world of art that surrounds them.
“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.”
(Ian Xiang, Creative Director of Lightopia)
Lightopia will be open to the public from Friday 20th November until Sunday 3rd
The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except during school holidays. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are closed. Opening times are between 17:00 to 22:00, and the last entry is 20:30 daily.
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For those looking to plan ahead with friends and family this festive season, Lightopia’s pre-sale tickets are available from Wednesday 12th August. General ticket sales will be available from Friday 14th August.
Advance tickets are priced at £20.00 for adults (or £22.00 on the day), £13.00 for
children (or £15.00 on the day), and £60.00 for families of two adults and two
children (£68.00 on the day). Children under three can go free. Essential
carers of disabled visitors can attend for free, the disabled visitor pays the normal
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