Magical Lantern Festival
Time Out says
Grab an eyeful of some seriously beautiful illuminations at The Magical Lantern Festival in London.
Please note, discounted tickets booked through Time Out allow access from 7pm only. To visit from 5pm, please book direct.
Users say (74)
Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:18
- 4 star:32
- 3 star:11
- 2 star:9
- 1 star:4
Really poorly organised and executed. Don’t waste your money. There is no purpose to this event and there are no organisers in sight. The main gates were closed so everybody had to use a secondary entrance, but everyone was arriving and walking in the wrong direction. A simple sign could have resolved this issue but this was not done, why? because the organisers were nowhere to be seen. Prepare to wander aimlessly for half an hour whilst looking at unexplained lanterns. You can then optionally waste more money on food at probably the grubbiest entertainment area I have ever seen. This would never fly in east london.
If buying tickets please be aware that you cannot gain entry until 7pm. This condition is not stated anywhere until the transaction is complete. The time before purchase is 5pm but this is apparently when the gates open NOT the time you can enter. Buy tickets directly from the park,especially as its winter and if accompanying young children. Very deceptive
really a must see festival. my 4 year old we enjoyed alot. the best part was the dragon,very beautiful arranged.
A must-see spectacular. It is a fun thing to on a cold, boring winter evening. I would highly recommend this to anyone as an annual event to go to during the Chinese New Year festival.
Even though it's definitely an interesting experience, kinda cool for a date and lots of fun for kids, the magical lantern festival is missing a bit of magic. There's probably a combination of reasons for that: The park is 15-20 minutes away from the closest stations and upon arrival there's queuing to get in, more queuing to pick up the tickets and then more queuing / walking around to see everything - all of these happening in the cold outdoors. Some of the lanterns are impressive, others not as much - the effort to make them is definitely appreciated - but after a point they don't come as a surprise anymore. Maybe this took place too close to the lumiere festival, which had several different installations scattered in the city, allowing for some exploration to take place - a missing element from the predefined route one has to follow in Chiswick gardens. Having said that, it's still worth a visit - especially for someone who hasn't seen anything similar - but not so sure if it's convincing enough for people to come back next time.
Super awesome light show. Very well organised and an amazing venue to hold it all in. I didn't find the crowd taking photographs irritating at all, I am resilient.
Very disappointed as was everyone walking around at the same time as us, everyone looked thoroughly bored, I booked this as a surprise for my Chinese girlfriend, she was unimpressed too and instructed me not to book anymore surprises. She wasn't ungrateful just disappointed that What should've made her feel at home and celebrate Chinese New Year was such a let down, there were lots of illuminated things but very little do with Chinese New Year. There is Very little to eat or drink there too, high light of the visit was toasting 1 marshmallow for £1.50 each, My advice is don't waste your money, go to Blackpool illuminations instead, 100 times more to see and of a much better standard.
Well worth the trek from the tube station! Spent 1.5 hours exploring this last night and absolutely loved it!!