27 Nov Magical Lantern Festival London
The Magical Lantern Festival London at Chiswick House and Gardens is a must see this Christmas. This wonderful festival is hosted in the gorgeous landscaped grounds of Chiswick House and Gardens and showcases a stunning Lantern trail that illuminates the gardens spectacularly.
I visited the festival with my husband and two children and thought the Lantern Trail was out of this world, as going through the trail we entered a magical experience and discovered life-size lanterns in all shapes and forms. The paths, gardens and lakes were illuminated beautifully by the lanterns and we loved seeing what the trail was going to bring us next. Every corner we turned brought us to another spectacular lantern scene that we all adored.
The lantern trail showcased many different scenes and sculptures including a stunning Noah’s Ark scene. My children loved seeing the animals around the large Ark and loved spotting all the different animals as we walked around the scene. Other scenes included a row of snowmen that welcomed us as we entered the park, Santa on his sleigh with his reindeers, diving dolphins surrounded by sea life and plants and penguins on ice. These scenes were amazing to look at and the vibrant colours and lights looked stunning against the dark night sky. Another wonderful sculpture that my daughter adored was a huge colourful peacock lantern whose feathers were also lit up with bright pink rope lights. The Christmas scenes along the trail were also beautiful and got us into the Christmas spirit very quickly.
Along the trail was also a place where you could stop and get a deliciously warm hot chocolate or warm, comforting mulled wine. You could also purchase a huge marshmallow that you could then toast on a large pit of burning coals. We each bought a marshmallow to toast and they were gorgeous. I tried the orange and mango flavour, my children tried the vanilla flavour and my husband tried the toasted coconut marshmallow. These marshmallows were delicious and my children loved toasting them on the open fire.
At the end of the trail was the entertainment section. This included a few rides and food and drink stalls. It is also the home of Santa’s Grotto. This is a small grotto but the experience was definitely magical for my children. The Santa was brilliant and interacted with the children very well. He even explained how his sleigh flies with the help of Mrs Claus’ ‘lighter than air’ cupcakes! The Santa’s Grotto was a lovely way to end the trail.
The food and drink stalls had a range of food on offer including roasted chestnuts, burgers and Bratwurst. We also had a go on the bumper cars which we all loved.
The Magical Lantern Festival is a wonderful family-friendly festival to visit this Christmas. Christmas has definitely arrived!