23rd Nov 2018 - 1st Jan 2019 | Botanic Garden Birmingham
23th Nov 2018 - 1st Jan 2019 | Botanic Garden Birmingham
Be Mesmerised by the Fantastic Array of Colors
Travel Information

Please note – there is no parking at Botanical Gardens for this event as the space will be used as part of the festival. Blue Badge holders only can park onsite. The route is accessible to wheelchair users and to pushchairs. Assistance dogs will be welcomed, but no other dogs are permitted onsite. Children’s scooters, skates, and bikes are not permitted. There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue.  Children aged 3 and under enter free and do not need tickets.

For all general enquiries about the festival, please email – Thank you.

Travel By Car

From the M40 take M42 West to M5 then leave at junction 3 and take A456 signposted City Centre. Turn right into B4129 (Norfolk Road) signposted Botanical Gardens.

From the M6 leave at junction 6 and take the A38(M) to City Centre. Follow underpasses signposted Birmingham West to A456. At Five Ways island turn left onto B4217 (Calthorpe Road) signposted Botanical Gardens.

For local traffic follow signs for Edgbaston then follow brown tourist signs to Botanical Gardens.

Travel By Bus

Bus numbers 23 and 24 stop in Westbourne Road (Westbound) and Harborne Road (Eastbound).


Please Note: Birmingham Botanical Gardens car park is reserved for disabled badge holders and drop off / pick up only. If customers drive they must find on-street parking locally and leave the car parked at their own risk.

Disabled Access

The festival route is mostly accessible to wheelchair users and for pushchairs. Please be aware that some areas do have a few steps and some uneven flooring as we are operating on an outdoor public park site. Our teams onsite are ready to assist any wheelchair users where possible and offer route guidance and advice as we would like all our visitors to enjoy the festival and make the most of their visit.

Please Note: Assistance dogs will be allowed onsite but no other dogs are allowed onsite. Children’s scooters, skates and bikes are not permitted onsite. Adult bikes are also not permitted. There are no cloakroom facilities onsite. No dogs are not permitted on site unless they are an assistanc/guide dog.


Where is the Festival?
Botanic Garden, Westbourne Rd, Birmingham, B15 3TR.

What can you do at the festival?
We promose visiors a truly amazing experience, a visual fest of light and illumination, hidden amongst the grandeur of the 60 acre gardens, which lends itself perfectly to the layout of the lanterns with their combination of grand vistas and hidden pathways, architectural delights and a dazzling array of wildlife.

This years Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the gardens turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colors, and artistic sculptures. Prepare to enter a magical experience and discover life size and larger than life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from Santa and his Reindeers to a magnificent giant lantern recreation of an Ancient city from the Song Dynasty.

The festival will not only wow visitors with its beautiful hand-sculpted lanterns, the entertainment area adds another dimension to this wonderful night out with a food and drink area, bar, Santas Grotto and merchandise marquee where visitor can buy a souvenir of their experience to take home. There is no better family-frienly festival to visit this Christmas.

What are the festival open dates and times?
Festival is open from the 23rd November 2018 to 1st January 2019

Open Thursday to Sunday each week (Open every day from 13th December and only closed on Xmas Eve, Xmas Day and Boxing Day).

Ticketed entry slots every 15 minutes from 5.00 pm with last entry at 9.00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before your chosen entry time.