Returning for its second year, the Park will open its gates to evening guests, for selected dates over the Christmas period, from Friday 11 November 2022, until 8 January 2023.

With 50 different lighting scenes, all the lanterns, projectors and interactive displays have a flora and fauna theme, including a spectacular safari, towering dinosaurs and snow-covered winter wonderland.

The new trail runs from the entrance to the Park, down to Boj’s Giggly Park playground, then back towards Spring Grove House, finishing in the beautiful gardens of the Georgian manor house.

Bethan Davis, PR & Events Officer, said, “We’re thrilled that our Lantern Festival is back again this year, for selected evenings over the next few months. Following the success of last year’s event, we’ve amended the dates so we can host the event over the festive period, so there will be more chances for guests to see our incredible lanterns and even have the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.

“The lanterns team have been hard at work since October to set up the incredible trail of over a thousand individual lights. We’ve also got a new route for this year, which ends with a grand finale of a safari spectacle in the gardens of Spring Grove House. We can’t wait for families to see what we have in store for them!”

As Lantern Festival coincides with the Park’s popular Santa Safari event, guests will be met with a snowy winter wonderland in the Discovery Trail, complete with photo points, snow projectors and Christmas trees.

The Twilight Cave, Creepy Crawlies, Aquarium and Reptile House, will also be open to guests, allowing them to see what some of the smaller animals get up to, at night-time.

In Boj’s Giggly Park and bound to be popular with children, is a new interactive piano and a nature projector, where animals move away from where children are stepping on the ground.

Additionally, the Park’s food and beverage outlets will be open, offering a wide range of eat-in and takeaway options, such as hot dogs, burgers, pizza and nachos and children will be able to purchase their own illuminated, light-up toys, from the gift shops.

A variety of ticketing options are available for Lantern Festival, including an evening ticket which includes seeing Santa and an ‘Ultimate Winter Ticket’, which includes a day visit to Santa Safari, all the animal attractions, talks and shows, then Lantern Festival on the evening.

Tickets can be booked in advance via the Park’s website, where guests can also see the calendar of events: www.wmsp.co.uk/tickets.

Lantern Festival runs on selected dates, from 5:00pm until 8:30pm and the charge is £19.00 for adults and children aged 3-64 and £17.00 for concessions. Children under the age of three are free. Adventure Theme Park rides are not open during the winter season.

Further information about West Midland Safari Park is available from the Park’s website www.wmsp.co.uk or by telephone 01299 402114. Find out more on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestMidSafari.  

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West Midland Safari Park is an award-winning visitor attraction, located in Worcestershire in the heart of England. It is home to a variety of all-weather attractions, including four miles of drive-through safari, the largest animatronic dinosaur exhibit in the UK and a theme park. With acres of versatile outdoor space, easy access from the M5 and free parking, WMSP is the perfect venue.

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