Photo essay: Leeds’s magic lantern light show proves a big draw

Have your say

AS Christmas illuminations go, the dramatic lights at Roundhay Park in Leeds this year are pretty spectacular.

The Magical Lantern Festival is taking place in the park until January 2 and is drawing big crowds.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

It is billed as a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. It is a stunning outdoor Christmas-themed event and visitors will follow a trail around Canal Gardens and Chelsea Gardens to explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Christmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2,000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.

Visitors can enter the festival through a giant 16 metre wide lantern entrance feature before embarking on a fascinating journey, discovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from santa and reindeers to flowers and animals.