Light up your February with Magical Lantern Festival

Words by Michelle Stannard

Everyone feels a little grim in February; it’s cold, damp and dark; but fear not because this year there’s light in the darkness in the form of the Magical Lantern Festival.

This magnificent outdoor event is making it’s debut from 3 February to 6 March and celebrates the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey 2016.

Held at Chiswick House and Gardens in London, Magical Lantern Festival transforms a classic landscape into a light filled culture delight.

Illuminations line a picturesque trail for guests to explore in a 75 minute cultural adventure through gardens and corridors of light and exciting themed zones.

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Magical Lantern Festival can be enjoyed by all of the family, with something for everyone; from life-sized and giant lanterns designed as animals and birds, to buildings and unique designs that offer something a little more abstract.

There’s also a Mount Huaguo lantern with an illuminated waterfall to mark the Year of the Monkey 2016, and to provide the fairytale setting for a recreation of the popular Chinese fable, The Monkey King.

If that wasn’t enough of a feast for your senses then your taste buds and nasal passages will be tantalised in the market areas with the aromatic scents of international cuisine and hot tipples.

We know where we’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year and we hope you’ll join us too. Don’t miss out, grab your tickets now on the Magical Lantern Festival website.

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