The Magical Lantern Festival in Birmingham is returning this Christmas between November 24th and January 1st and will be located in the stunning grounds of Kings Heath Park.

This year’s Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the park turning it into a spectacular fusion of culture, vibrant colours, and artistic sculptures. Prepare to enjoy a magical experience and discover both life-size and larger-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from a gingerbread house to a magnificent giant lantern recreating the iconic Birmingham Central Library.

The Magical Lantern Festival promises visitors a truly amazing experience, a visual feast of light and illumination, hidden amongst the landscaped grounds of one of Birmingham’s largest city parks, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with its combination of lakes, woodland, gardens and pathways. The paths, greenery, bushes and trees will be illuminated with stunning hand-sculpted lanterns in all shapes and sizes. Along the route visitors will uncover multi-coloured lanterns at every twist and turn of the trail, offering amazing family photo opportunities and vividly lit scenery, making for a magical and cultural Christmas experience.

The festival will be displaying lanterns ranging from a stunning larger-than-life scene of a pack of polar bears resting on a glacier of ice to an impressive eight-meter high recreation of a fairytale-style castle complex with spires, tunnels, arches and flag poles, to a giant six-meter high Chinese Phoenix.

The festival will not only wow visitors with its beautiful hand-sculpted lanterns, but it will also have an entertainment area with delicious food and drink, Santa’s Grotto, a handful of fairground rides for children and a merchandise marquee where visitors can buy a souvenir of their experience to take home. There is no better family-friendly festival to visit this Christmas.

The mouth-watering international cuisine and traditional street food will be on offer in the entertainment area and along the route, there will also be some hot snacks and drinks stalls to keep you warm.

Children will have the opportunity to say hello to Santa in a magical, fully decorated, timber grotto. Meet Lapland’s most famous celeb as he takes a break from his workshop in the North Pole. Every child will be given a present to take away with them as a souvenir of their experience. The Magical Grotto will be charged separately at £10 per child (including gift). It is recommended that you book in advance online, however, during quieter times, visitors can pay on arrival at the grotto.

The festival will be from the 24th of November to the 1st of January and due to the exceptional demand for tickets last year, this year it will be open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday each week (excluding 24th and 25th of December). The festival is open from 5pm to 10pm with last entry at 9pm.

For more information, visit the website: http://www.magicallantern.uk/magical-lantern-festival-birmingham Use the code: BHAMUPDATES to get 20% off admission to the Magical Lantern Festival.