Ok, so Autumn might only just be rearing its head, but Lightopia is bringing Christmas vibes this week, announcing the grand return of their beloved festive light show for 2022.
Returning to Heaton Park for the fourth year running, the family-friendly event is set to bring a brand new enchanting and immersive light festival for this year’s ‘A Christmas Story by Lightopia’, which will include a ‘never-seen-before’ illuminated trail with some very special features like unseen audio-visual displays.
This year’s trail follows the story of new beginnings and the circle of life. Set to be a completely immersive affair for Mancs of all ages, guests will be welcomed by the magical Guardian Gate, before entering transported into a wonderland decorated by a blanket of shooting stars with the Essence of Light display. Follow the mystical path to the Christmas realm, celebrating the festive season with the gift of giant baubles, trees and presents.
Discover the meaning of hope and balance as you stroll past the vibrant Ying Yang display and Tranquility Arch, home to colourful swans and butterflies. As you emerge from the winding path of the Mythical Forest, prepare your senses for the festival’s main event, the Phoenix. Unlike ever before, experience the heart of the festival through sound and light, with a 5-minute A/V show pushing the boundaries of music through the captivating display.
The Secret Flower Garden lights up the natural greenery of the park, with a collection of glowing fauna wrapped around the branches above and the grass below. Curated especially for younger guests, the Book of Rebirth unlocks the imagination with friendly animated animals and the kid zone will feature interactive musical tiles for all to interact and play with. The adventure ends with the grand finale Lakeside Watershow; a spectacle of moving creatures and patterns projected across the lake and fountain.
Ian Xiang, Creative Director of Lightopia, says: “We are delighted to share the magic of Lightopia 2022 with families in Manchester and beyond. We hope this immersive experience will bring together friends and loved ones through the power of light and sound.
“Not only have we created a fantastical world, full of happiness, illumination, and charm, we hope by offering families a more affordable experience, they can escape for an evening filled with festive magic at Christmas.”
New for 2022, the organisers of the festival have announced a new ticketing system to help families with rising living costs. The new accessible pricing will see an off-peak option on selected weekdays.
Lightopia will be opening its doors at Heaton Park on Thursday 24th November until Monday 2nd January. The event is closed on Christmas Day. Opening times are between 5pm to 10pm, and last entry is 8.30pm daily. Find out more and book tickets to Lightopia 2022 here.