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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Magical Lantern Festival Review: Christmas Countdown

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On Sunday evening myself and my Mom visited The Birmingham Botanical Gardens but not to look at plants! Instead to view something so much more magical - the Magical Lantern Festival (MLF).

MLF, "a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture", takes you on a journey of illuminations through the trees and bushes. They aren't ordinary Christmas illuminations; lantern scenes of all colours, shapes and sizes, lit up amongst the trees, create a visual feast for your eyes.

Scenes include the Iconic Birmingham Bull statue formed out of lanterns.

There are even stalls selling yummy food to indulge in along the way such as The Marshmallowist. Offering intriguing flavours, such as raspberry & champagne, this stall makes the magical experience 'toasty' by allowing you to warm your marshmallow over a firepit.

And to finish The Little Camion awaits with Ferrero Rocher, Terry's Chocolate Orange or Bailey's hot chocolates, crêpes and Nutella galore on offer - food and drink creations to make your mouth water.

Fact File
Location: The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Opening times: 25/11/16 - 02/01/16
Ticket prices: Starts at £12.50 for Adults & £8.50 for Children (Wowcher/Groupon deals available)
Duration: Takes approx 1 hour to walk around.
History: Established in October 2015 MLF made its UK debut at Chiswick House Gardens in January 2016 and attracted 110,000 visitors. Following this success it launched in Birmingham this year.
Heritage: The giant lanterns, which visitors will explore, represent Christmas, traditional Chinese culture and the astonishing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.

It is the first year the MLF has illuminated Birmingham so I had no idea what to expect but I was amazed. It's just the escape you sometimes need from all the crazy Christmas hustle and bustle.

It's called the Magical Lantern Festival because it really is magical!

But don't just take my word for it, go and see for yourself. It is a lovely trip out to entertain young children or a festive activity to do with friends or perhaps even a romantic evening for you and someone special. Whatever the occasion prepare to be amazed by a magical land of Christmas lights.

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