Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

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Ally Pally Fireworks Festival

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The huge – and hugely popular – display over north London also features a funfair, ice skating and German beer festival.

The lofty palace returned to illuminating the skies of north London three years ago following a distressing four-year hiatus, and it's back again for 2016 - and this year it's happening TWICE. As well as impressive firework displays with a glittering panoramic view of London as its backdrop tickets include entrance to a family zone with funfair rides and entertainment, an adult funfair and a street food and craft beer village.

Adults who'd like to make a (boozy) day of it should add on a ticket to the German Bier Festival that will take place in Alexandra Palace's Great Hall (from 3pm), providing all the fun of Oktoberfest: table service from Bavarian Fräuleins, oompah bands, sausages and plenty of beer. Lederhosen are not compulsory but definitely encouraged. Entertainment for the evening will be from Club de Fromage and headlined by an Elton John tribute act.


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Amazing every year now!( aware food and drink very over priced, go well fed, and ques are ridiculous!!!)

The show is fab though!!


Not being a native, I'm still learning the reasons behind watching fireworks to celebrate a guy who wanted to blow up parliament and failed. Nonetheless I do love to celebrate life winning, and where better to do this at Alexandra palace to watch a magical firework display. The display was one of beauty and articulate design. My personal favourite was Adele's Hello and the crackers synchronisation.

But fireworks are not the only celebration. We felt like kids again by going on rides, eating a tub of mac and cheese, and watching day of the dead parade. Was a truly spectacular night.

Just a tip though, don't try and leave straight after the display, crowds really are shocking, this also is true for food, unless you’re still there as it’s closing, then it’s food for all!

Really fantastic evening - the fireworks were really impressive and made even more memorable due to the stunning views over London where you can also see the smaller displays! I would also recommend the german beer festival as it gives you a base and somewhere to keep warm plus good access to food stalls. Great bands as well which made for a lovely atmosphere for a big group of friends. Will be going back!


This is a bit of a mixed bag review, did I enjoy myself? Yes! Will I personally be rushing back? Not sure...

The fireworks display itself was AMAZING during most of it as you can see from my pic, However I much preferred the display at Brockwell Park the year before. 

At Brockwell Park the music was perfectly timed with the displays, and it felt a bit more playful! I felt with the Ally Pally display I got a bit bored at some points. The finale was incredibly underwhelming, so much so we thought "Is the end of the first part? Is there another part?"

The crowd direction was average with not nearly enough stewards in some locations, some more signs would have helped. A lot of the food courts had run out of items quicker than expected, and queues seemed to just melt into each other.

Before I got there I really fancied some mulled wine and hot food, but the queues were a massive turn off and this is coming from a regular music festival goer!

I will praise this event in some ways though, because of all the fireworks events I have been to, there is lots more to enjoy from the beer festival to the ice rink and much more. You also can't beat the London skyline view which felt romantic with views of other firework displays crackling in the distance.

If you are looking to spend a whole afternoon and evening somewhere then sure come to Ally Pally! But if you fancy just an evening visit somewhere to see some pretty fireworks, Ally Pally wasn't for me.

It all depends on what kind of day or night you want really :-)

The firework display was the best I have ever seen. They were absolutely amazing although there needed to be more signage to show where to view them. It was so busy and a lot of rushing around prior to the display as people didn't know if they were in the right place.

The food was a joke. We asked to be directed (again not enough signs up) to the advertised street food market where we were greeted with 4 or 5 food stalls with at least 100 people in each queue. When we wandered down the the bonfire we found a lot more food stalls (not sure why the small car park we were first directed to was the advertised food market) but the same issue was there also. 1 man told us he had queued 55 minutes for a burger, the only reason he had opted for the burger is that it was the shortest queue, not actually what he wanted. The queue issue was from at least 6.00pm-8.00pm but others had said it went on a lot longer. I can't comment on the food pricing as we ended up eating in a restaurant on the way home as we weren't prepared to queue for an hour for a burger. The bar was very limited in what drinks it sold

By 6.45 the bonfire looked as though it was about to go out! I've seen bigger fires in people's back gardens.

Lighting is definitely an issue. Everything is so spread out over different levels with a lot of steep pathways but none are lit. I'm surprised with modern day health and safety that this would pass.

More signs are definitely needed.

The funfair is overpriced with it costing £20 for 4 people to go out the Waltzers which we timed to be less than a 2 minute ride.

The day of the dead parade was an unexpected highlight. We had no idea what it was but thoroughly enjoyed it.

If it wasn't for how amazing the fireworks were (accompanied by the parade) then I definitely wouldn't return. I'd advise to eat elsewhere and drink before/after you go. Dodge the funfair, don't bother with the bonfire. Turn up just in time for the parade, as soon as it finishes head up to get a good spot for the fireworks and leave promptly after!

Went to the ally pally fireworks show and German bierfest last night and had the best time. WOW is all I can say about the fireworks show and the festival was lots of fun, great drink and food options. Must be the best fireworks show in London, can't imagine anything else comparing. Will deffo be returning next year!


One of the best places to be for the fireworks' night. I really enjoyed being here. The fireworks last for about half an hour and you can easily compare them with the ones on New Years eve in London. The music was also nice but the extra tickets for the beer festival don't worth it. If you book early, the entrance fee is just 6 £!