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See the Northern Lights in Manchester this winter, with this amazing socially distanced light festival

It may look like the Northern Lights meets Disney World, but this spectacular light festival is Lightopia: following its European debut in Manchester last year, the festival is set to return to Heaton Park this winter – with social distancing built-in.

The award-winning festival of light will showcase interactive and immersive lights, lanterns and installations, with a magical illuminated trail, which has been designed to maintain social distancing for all guests. 

The ‘Animal’ exhibit at Lightopia

The spectacle will light up Manchester throughout the winter, and promises a memorable family experience during the festive season. 

Socially distanced design isn’t the only new addition to Lightopia 2020. The display will also include a new stand-out Christmas showcase, which uses the Grade I-listed Heaton Hall as its sparkling backdrop – you’ll pass by Santa’s sleigh, glistening snowflakes and even “make your own festive soundtrack with a giant interactive walking piano”. We’re not sure what exactly that means, but we know that we want in. 

Shimmering walkways will guide your route, in a socially-distanced design compared to last year’s (above)

Also new is the Astronomy display; illuminating the night sky with its beautiful moon installation, while other pieces include robotic controlled pads on the floor which create light shows when stepped on, and an interactive Zodiac Sign installation. In celebration of its location, there will also be an area dedicated to the Manchester skyline and an immersive ‘Musical City’ encouraging visitors to dance their way through the lights. 

Shimmering walkways, lights and lanterns will guide your route, as dragon sculptures lead the way Lightopia’s food stalls and licensed bars.

Popular installations from 2019 will return too, including the Animals attraction and the ‘Discovery’ space, as well as the family-favourite fairytale world of candy, flowers and characters at the ‘Woodland Fairytale’ area, with some new captivating pieces featured in this illuminated wonderland.

The unique light festival promises to be immersive and interactive

We’re excited to see the Lakeside water show, which will also play a key role in the exhibition, as a state-of-the-art projection creates stunning visuals to bring the story of Lightopia to life; with a new production created for 2020.

The festival will run from November 20 2020 to January 3 2021, making it a perfect Christmas activity for 2020. If you’re excited to plan ahead, pre-sale tickets will be available from Wednesday August 12. 

  • To book tickets, visit Sign up today with your email for 20% off the ticket price. General ticket sales will be available from Friday 14th August.

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