Everyone’s busy making plans for New Year’s Eve night. But what do you do in the day to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to celebrate?

How about spending the last day of the year surrounded by light, jaw-dropping design and positivity? Sounds good, right?

Lightopia Festival is now open, lighting up Heaton Park with over 47 groups of beautiful lantern installations, 2000 individual lanterns and over a million light bulbs.

Spend the last day of the year surrounded by stunning immersive light installations at Lightopia I Love Manchester

The first of its kind in the UK and Europe, Lightopia is a brand new immersive lantern and light festival.

The festival includes unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns, installations and incredible lasers with water-screen multimedia shows, as well as a Manchester bee installation.

The installations have been designed by critically acclaimed Ava Moradi, a contemporary artist who has exhibited and created art and installations revolving around light and design internationally for over ten years.

Spend the last day of the year surrounded by stunning immersive light installations at Lightopia I Love Manchester

“I believe light brightens our surroundings and shows the path of our journey in the dark,” says Ava about the festival.

“Light installations lift our mood; it feels magical, like a fairy tale, but also dynamic.”

That magical, uplifting feeling is exactly what we all need at the end of a long year. And Lightopia is open until 31st December, so you can get your light fix right up until the very end of 2019.

It’s your last chance to see the installation before it heads to London in January. What better way to end the year? It’s time to see the light.

Lightopia is open in Heaton Park until 31st December 2019 from 5pm to 10pm (last entry 8.30pm). The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except during school holidays. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are closed. Advance adult tickets cost £18, or £20 on the day, with advance child tickets (aged 3-16) £11. Advance family tickets cost £54. Children under three go free.

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