One of the city’s only outdoor experiences this season, Lightopia’s award-winning visually spectacular lantern and light festival has returned to Heaton Park.
And now, creating its own Christmas love story, Lightopia has released special date-night tickets, ideal for late-night explorers to discover the luminous light trail.
The dual tickets admit entry for two people to the magical trail of interactive and immersive lights, lanterns and installations from 8pm onwards.
Lighting up Manchester this winter and throughout the festive season, Lightopia 2020 has revealed new installations and a brand new route for guests to explore.
The main centrepiece of the festival is Lightopia’s sparkling new Christmas showcase, which uses the Grade I-listed Heaton Hall as its backdrop, featuring a 10-metre illuminated candy-covered Christmas tree and Santa’s sleigh.
The popular animal light sculptures are back, and much-loved installations from last year can be re-visited in the Discovery space and the Woodland Fairytale area, with some new captivating pieces featured in this illuminated wonderland.
The Lakeside water show also plays a key role in the exhibition, as a new state-of-the-art projection creates a visual masterpiece, bringing Lightopia’s theme of discovery to life.
And the festival will now run until Sunday 10th January 2021, so there’s plenty of time to catch the spectacular creations.
The new route has been designed to create a safe environment, where Lightopians are able to see the sights safely with loved ones.
There are wider footpaths to maintain social distancing, three entry points to reduce queuing, and direct access to two car parks.
Lightopia has also implemented further measures to ensure all steps are taken to keep visitors safe, including: NHS Test and Trace, with QR codes at multiple locations on the trail; pre-booked tickets only; contactless ticket scanning; card payments only; hand sanitising stations throughout the trail; increased cleaning; and more stewards to manage social distancing and assist with any visitor queries onsite.
Lightopia will be open every day except Christmas Day until Sunday 10th January, between 5pm to 10pm, with last entry at 8.30pm daily. Date night tickets are available from £32, admitting entry for two people to the event from 8pm onwards. Dates still available to book include December 26th – January 10th. Standard advance tickets are £20 for adults, £13 for children and £60 for families. Children under three can go free. Essential carers of disabled visitors can attend for free.