Lightopia takes place outdoors and you may need to queue on busy days. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter weather. We reserve the right to refuse inappropriately clothed patrons’ access.
We advise arriving 15 minutes before your booked entry start time. Bear in mind that if you are driving to the event, there may be traffic. We advise taking this into consideration when deciding on what time to begin your journey.
Lightopia Festival is suitable for all ages and is to be enjoyed by everyone.
Unfortunately, no pets are allowed to join your journey. Assistance dogs are allowed.
Lightopia Festival is located in the magnificent Heaton Park, Manchester:
Heaton Park, Sheepfoot Lane, Manchester, M25 0BP
Gates Open: 17:00 | Last Entry: 20:30 | Event Close: 22:00
Thursday 3rd December – Thursday 24th December 2020
Saturday 26th December 2020 – Sunday 10th January 2021
Lightopia is festival of hand-sculpted lanterns, cherry-picked from across the globe. These unique pieces are carefully curated into a spellbinding trail that leads through the beautiful Heaton Park.
Revellers will journey through different themed areas along a route which also includes food stalls and licenced bars that offer refreshments along the way.
The Lakeside water show plays a key role in the experience, as state-of-the-art projections create a visual masterpiece, bringing the story of Lightopia to life; with a new production created for 2020 that reflects the Lightopia theme of discovery.
New this year is the 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.
On average people spent 1.5 hours at the event in 2019, however depending on your walking pace and whether or not you choose to partake in other activities on-site including food, drinks, rides, this time period may be shorter or longer