Christmas is the time for lights! There’s nothing more festive then wrapping up warm, grabbing a hot drink and heading out in the cold to soak them all in. Last year I visited the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House to get into the festive season, but this year I fancied something different, it’s time to venture down the rabbit hole to see what we can find!.
Alice in Winterland at Southwark park involves 160 shaped lanterns and AV which tell the classic tales of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Whilst wandering along the guided path you happen across various scenes from the books presented using large lanterns (some as tall as 6 meters high!) often with additional effects to make the story engaging for all ages. These are often accompanied by parts of the story being presented on signs which can are read aloud by pressing a large red button, a great touch to engage younger family members. Expect to find all your favourite characters from the famous books including Alice, the Cheshire cat, the Jabberwocky and many more.
The walk through the lamp lit park feels whimsical and serene. There are various places to eat and drink both along the route as well as at its conclusion to keep everyone’s stomach full and ready for exploring! We grabbed a mulled cider midway around and opted for the halloumi and blue cheese burgers respectively at the end of the walk. Both burgers were delicious but there are many stands for different food choices with plenty of options for both vegetarians and vegans. At the end of the walk you will also find the one and only Santa! A visit to his grotto comes with an additional fee and you can also purchase green screen images of your trip. Further entertainment is provided with a craft area for younger guests and live music being played at the bandstand.
Alice in Winterland is open from the 18th of November until the 5th of January. A visit costs £15 per adult and £9 per child. Under 4’s are free and there is a family ticket available for £43 (2 adults and 2 children). Get your tickets from the Alice in Winterland Website to prebook. Does this get you in the Christmas spirit?
Tickets were given to me free of charge from Love Pop Up’s London in exchange for a review, all words and opinions are my own.