A spectacular way to mark Chinese New Year, the Magical Lantern Festival is one of the capital’s most visually stunning events. Held in Chiswick House Gardens in West London, the Chinese tradiiton of letting go of the previous year by launching lanterns into the night sky is celebrated in style at this festival. This year’s theme is Silk Road and you can expect magnificent illuminations including a 15-metre wide lantern version of the Houses of Parliament, pandas made of light and even 3D lanterns. Funfair rides, a 600-square metre ice rink, virtual reality games and delicious food make this a must-visit event during the New Year festivities.
The Magical Lantern Festival takes place from 19th January until 26th February and is held in Chiswick House Gardens in West London. It’s open from Thursday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm during those dates. The nearest overground train station is Chiswick and the nearest tube stations are Turnham Green and Gunnersbury. From there, the Dukes Avenue Gate entrance to Chiswick House Gardens is a 10-15 minute walk. If you buy tickets online in advance, they are £16.50 per adult and £10.50 per child for weekday entry and £18 per adult and £12 per child for weekend entry. Ice rink tickets are available for £9.50 per adult and £7.50 per child. Early bird discounts are also available so please check the website.
The Magical Lantern Festival is suitable for adults and children alike and is certain to be a very popular way to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rooster. As the event takes place outside, make sure you wrap up nice and warm and get to the event as early as you can in order to allow enough time to explore the amazing illuminated structures at Europe’s largest lantern festival. Of course there will be a wide range of Chinese food available but the cuisine will be truly international and you’ll be able to feast on everything from jerk chicken to Spanish churros!
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While you’re celebrating Chinese New Year in London, make sure you leave enough time to see the city’s other sights nearby: soak up some culture at the British Museum; see the city’s famous monuments from the water with a cruise on the River Thames; and sit back and be entertained at one of the West End’s famous shows.
To find out more information about this spectacular festival, head to the official website, where you’ll be able to find out about the history of the event, how to get tickets to the festival and photos from last year’s event.
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