Heaton Park lantern festival Lightopia pushes event dates back – but it will go ahead

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Popular lantern and light festival Lightopia has changed the dates of this year’s event, following the second national lockdown.

The festival should be been starting on November 20, but with the nation back under coronavirus restrictions has decided to postpone.

Filling Heaton Park with glowing lanterns, dazzling light displays and a 10-metre Christmas tree, this year’s event will now begin on December 3 – the date that lockdown is expected to end.

With the later start, the festival will also stay in Greater Manchester longer, welcoming guests until Sunday January 10.

Lightopia will be open right across the festive period, except Christmas Day itself.

Ticket-holders who have been affected by the postponement have been contacted and are able to move their tickets to a date in December, or receive a refund.

The festival made its UK debut here in Manchester last year, attracting huge crowds with its installations.

This year’s spectacle will have a new Christmas showcase with Santa’s sleigh, snowflakes and a giant interatctive walking piano.

The Grade I-listed Heaton Hall will provide a stunning backdrop for the festivities, which will also include areas dedicated to the Manchester skyline, to astronomy and to animals.

Did you go to Lightopia last year? Let us know what you thought in the comments section below.

The lakeside water show is also due to make its return next month.

Festival organisers are currently working with local authorities to find a way to host the event safely and in a new socially-distanced format.

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The lakeside light show

Measures in place will include a one-way system and social distancing measures (including wider footpaths) overseen by stewards, contact tracing, card payments and contactless ticket scanning.

There’ll also be no alcohol served on site this year.

Lightopia will be open at Heaton Park from Thursday December 3 until Sunday January 10, between 5pm and 10pm.

Last entry will be at 10.30pm each day.

Advance tickets are priced at £20 for adults (or £22 on the day), £13 for children (or £15 on the day), and £60 for families of two adults and two children (£68 on the day). Children under three can go free.

There are also a limited number of tickets available for key workers, with a 20 per cent discount off the standard ticket price, when using code KEY20 here.

One essential worker ID is required per party.

You can see more information and book tickets at lightopiafestival.com.



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