A new family show at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is set to light up the festive season. Magical Lantern Festival, which debuted in London earlier this year and is now nominated for four prestigious Event Awards, is coming to the Midlands from 25 November 2016 until 2 January 2017, for a festival of light and illumination.

A spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture, visitors will enter Christmas at Birmingham Botanical Gardens through a giant 12-metre wide lantern entrance, before following a stunning trail around the gardens. From Santa and his reindeers to flowers and animals, these giant lanterns will light up the beautiful ponds, woodland, gardens and pathways of the Birmingham attraction.

Joining Santa and his reindeer will be a beautiful 12-metre wide lantern scene featuring penguins, snowmen, Christmas trees and baubles. There will also be a giant Christmas fairy themed area, spanning an impressive 500 square metres across the garden landscape, with a floating fairy surrounded by beautiful butterflies and a garden floor awash with thousands of brightly lit tiny lights.

Celebrating over 2,000 years of lantern festivals, Christmas at Birmingham Botanical Gardens will also feature some traditional Chinese lanterns, alongside the Christmas lanterns. Bamboo pandas will spread out into the open space, alongside a mesmerizing Chinese Pagoda lantern that’s wrapped in gold silk and stands at eight metres high. Vibrant colours will continue with a proud peacock lantern that stands at 12 metres wide and three metres high; and even a magnificent scene of giant birdcages, wrapped in flowers and housing brightly-illuminated birds will capture your imagination with its vast 10 metre width and eight metre height. You’ll even see a larger than life grasshopper that stands at almost two metres tall.

Christmas at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the perfect festive event for families and groups of friends, bringing Chinese culture to life in the heart of the Midlands.

Tickets are now on sale, priced at £12.50 adults, £10.50 concessions, £8.50 children and £38 for a family ticket. For more information about the festival and to book tickets, visit – www.magicallantern.uk

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