Magical Lantern Festival

In 2017 the Magical Lantern returns to where it all began, with a celebration of lanterns and Chinese culture at Chiswick House and Gardens from 19th Jan to 26th Feb.

The Magical Lantern Festival London is back for a second year with all new, bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns! The Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Illuminating outdoor installations of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms.

The festival celebrates Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017 and the cultural significance surrounding this extraordinary event. The theme for this year’s festival is: ‘Explore The Silk Road’. Visitors will discover magnificent life-sized and oversized lantern scenes, which represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. The Silk Road Festival journey begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament. Visitors continue their tour by exploring lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.

The entertainment area adds another dimension to the experience with an international range of food and beverage vendors, festival merchandise, a 30-metre synthetic ice-rink, 3D lantern photo opportunities, virtual reality gaming experience, Chinese bamboo lantern riddles and a mini funfair and games.

Travel Information

The venue is the Chiswick House Gardens, London, W4 2QN. Correct entrance is via the Dukes Avenue Gate, accessible on foot only from A4 westbound.

There is no onsite parking for this event and parking in the area is very limited so we encourage you to visit by foot or via public transport.

Nearest tube station is Turnham Green and closest overground station is Chiswick. The venue is approximately a 10–15 minute walk from these stations.

Map showing walking access routes to the magical lantern festival 

Disabled access

The route is accessible to wheelchair users and to pushchairs. Assistance dogs will be welcomed, but no other dogs are permitted on site. Scooters, skates and bicycles are not permitted.

Festival Opening Times

Festival is open from the 19th January to 26th February 2017. Open Thursday to Sunday each week from 5.00pm to 10.00pm (open every day during February school half term holidays)

Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before your chosen entry time

Further Information

For any enquiries regarding the Magical Lantern Festival please contact the event organisers directly. Further information regarding tickets, travel and disabled access can be found on the festival’s website.

Website:  Magical Lantern Festival Website
Email:      Weli Creative Email
Tel:          020 7101 5450

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