Standard lantern and lightweight pageant Lightopia has modified the dates of this yr’s occasion, following the second nationwide lockdown.
The pageant must be been beginning on November 20, however with the nation again beneath coronavirus restrictions has determined to postpone.
Filling Heaton Park with glowing lanterns, dazzling gentle shows and a 10-metre Christmas tree, this yr’s occasion will now start on December 3 – the date that lockdown is predicted to finish.
With the later begin, the pageant can even keep in Higher Manchester longer, welcoming friends till Sunday January 10.
Lightopia might be open proper throughout the festive interval, besides Christmas Day itself.
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Ticket-holders who’ve been affected by the postponement have been contacted and are in a position to transfer their tickets to a date in December, or obtain a refund.
The pageant made its UK debut right here in Manchester final yr, attracting large crowds with its installations.
This yr’s spectacle can have a brand new Christmas showcase with Santa’s sleigh, snowflakes and a large interactive strolling piano.
The Grade I-listed Heaton Corridor will present a surprising backdrop for the festivities, which can even embrace areas devoted to the Manchester skyline, to astronomy and to animals.
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The lakeside water present can be on account of make its return subsequent month.
Competition organisers are at present working with native authorities to discover a method to host the occasion safely and in a brand new socially-distanced format.
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Measures in place will embrace a one-way system and social distancing measures (together with wider footpaths) overseen by stewards, contact tracing, card funds and contactless ticket scanning.
There’ll even be no alcohol served on website this yr.
Lightopia might be open at Heaton Park from Thursday December Three till Sunday January 10, between 5pm and 10pm.
Final entry might be at 8.30pm every day.
Advance tickets are priced at £20 for adults (or £22 on the day), £13 for kids (or £15 on the day), and £60 for households of two adults and two kids (£68 on the day). Kids beneath three can go free.
There are additionally a restricted variety of tickets accessible for key staff, with a 20 per cent low cost off the usual ticket worth, when utilizing code KEY20 right here.
One important employee ID is required per occasion.
You’ll be able to see extra info and e-book tickets at lightopiafestival.com.