Mancs can trip the light fantastic for the third year running in 2021
It was one of the few bits of light relief in last year’s damp squib of a festive season and Lightopia returns to Heaton Park in North Manchester this November.
If you’ve been before, it won’t be the same old, same old. There is a brand new theme: A Christmas Fantasy for the 2021 edition.
It wouldn’t be Manchester without someone rocking up with a giant bee
If you’re new to the ole ‘topia, expect an immersive, multi-sensory trail of bright lanterns, interactive lights and installations to weave your way through.
This year’s fairytale world of mythical creatures with good and evil characters playing out a Christmas story should keep your little ones mesmerised and hopefully take your mind off the bills for a few hours.
Grab some family and friends and become Lightopians for the evening.
What’s on the cards for Lightopia 2021?
Christmas highlights include a 9ft “bauble-inspired” Christmas tree and an immersive giant bauble, which Lightopians can walk inside.
There will also be a “fantastical” Magic Circus display with illusional installations and “interactive entertainment” via clowns, animals and magicians.
Returning will be the giant Earth Flower - representing our beautiful planet. With 10 musical drums guarding it, Lightopians are encouraged to immerse themselves in the experience and give light to the flower with their musical energy.
The earth flower’s roots illuminate the Field of Love: more than 50,000 illuminated love hearts filling the floor.
Lightopia will also be home to a Time Travel zone with holographic time portals and a colourful “time tunnel into the future” (we hope it has jetpacks and universal basic income).
Lightopia’s Fantasy Forest is home to “extraordinary and mystical animals” hidden in the woodland, including a nine-tailed fox (oo-er), unicorns and “out-of-this-world flowers”.
The Fantasy Universe will have a supernova display and bioluminescence plants;
Dragon’s Land features two massive 40m dragons and a fluttering of fairies
Candy Land is an illuminated dreamland for anyone with a sweet tooth.
A Wonders of the World display features giant mirrored, glistening crystals and gems.
The Lakeside Water Show is a state-of-the-art projection show, bringing the story of Lightopia to life; with a new fantasy production created especially for 2021.
And it wouldn’t be Manchester without someone rocking up with a giant bee in tow. Fantasy Bees brings the iconic Manchester bee to life.
Lightopia 2021: a dreamworld adventure
Ian Xiang, Creative Director of Lightopia, said: “We are excited to bring a brand new Lightopia concept to Manchester this winter, a fantasy world that has never been seen before. Lightopia 2021 will be a dream world adventure, for families and friends to escape to this Christmas.
“We want our guests to become part of this new fantasy Lightopia experience, as they interact and engage with the luminescent sculptures that trail through Heaton Park.”
Creative Designer for Lightopia, Ava Moradi added: “This year, Lightopia will bring new artistic illuminated displays with unique fantasy-themed installations and light shows. My main focus as an artist is for this immersive light experience to bring happiness and joy; making this festive day out a go-to place for friends and family to celebrate together through the magical trail.”
Advance tickets are £20 for adults (£22 on the day), £13 for children (£15 on the day), and £60 for families of two adults and two children (£68 on the day). Children under three can go free. Essential carers of disabled visitors can attend for free, the disabled visitor pays the normal admission fee.
Lightopia will be open to the public from Thursday 18 November until Monday 3 January. Opening times are between 5pm to 10pm, and last entry is 8.30pm daily. The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays - except during school holidays - and on Christmas Day.
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