Things to do in Harrogate

Magical Lantern Festival – Roundhay Park, Leeds

This weekend we wrapped up warm and headed to Roundhay Park for their Magical Lantern Festival.

It really was magical even for us grown ups, so you can only imagine how excited the little ones in our group were.

As we made our way to the entrance we could catch glimpses of some of the displays and they looked amazing.

We joined the queue by a giant santa and reindeer before winding our way up a path flanked by green flower lanterns.At the top of a hill stood the ‘temple of heaven’, a magnificent Chinese temple with atmospheric music playing.Crossing over the road to Monet and Alambra gardens we passed safari animals before arriving at beautiful displays reflected in the ponds. There were moving clam shells, a giant Phoenix with a flowing tail and a walk down Quality Street with falling snow! Our favourite display was an polar scene with penguins, reindeer and polar bears. Their was also a magnificent under water display. We then stumbled upon The Marshmallowist shed selling artisan marshmallows with flavours such as blueberry and gin or strawberry and basil. We opted for the Christmas pudding flavour, which we toasted over the open fire.Passing hot chocolate carts we made our way back to the main park, where we were greeted by dinosaurs, pandas and more festive displays.The whole route took around 2 hours and we had worked up a real appetite on reaching the end.

We bought a bratwurst from one of the many street food stalls and headed into ‘the hygge tipi’ to enjoy this next to an open fire, accompanied by a steaming glass of mulled wine.It really was an amazing experience and one we would like to become an annual tradition.

The festival is on until the 1st of January so there’s still plenty of time to visit, we can’t recommend it enough!

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