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NEW COMPETITION! Win tickets to Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham

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MNBirminghamLocalEd Wed 09-Nov-16 13:56:02

We have teamed up with Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham to celebrate an event filled with culture, light and sculpture.

We are offering a couple of lucky readers the chance to win a family ticket to attend the Magical Lantern Festival, which is being held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens from 25th November to 2nd January.

After experiencing great success with the first festival last year in London, the event will now transform Birmingham Botanical Gardens with eye-catching lanterns that will engage all of your senses. You will enter through a 12-metre wide lantern entrance, before following a stunning trail around the gardens. From Santa and his reindeers to flowers and animals, these giant lanterns will light up the beautiful ponds, woodland, gardens and pathways of the Birmingham attraction.

If you are one of the lucky winners, you will receive a family ticket for a night of your choice*! This will allow two adults and two children (4 – 16 years) to come along for a night that should not be missed.

To enter, answer the following question on the thread below by midday on Sunday November 20th:

What Christmassy activity will you be doing with your family this year?

* Dates between November 25th and January 2nd are subject to availability. Mumsnet T&Cs apply. The editor reserves the right to redraw the prize if we don't hear from a winner within 14 days.

LizzyFlower Wed 09-Nov-16 14:37:09

Hello Mumsnet.. This is my first message!
The Magical Lanterns look amazing..
Hopefully, the Christmassy activity we'll be doing as a family this year is sledging, snowballing and building snowmen with all this snow we have been promised..! Wishful thinking! x

MNBirminghamLocalEd Wed 09-Nov-16 14:41:24

Well, welcome! Why not enter our other competition for The Bear at mac birmingham, while you're here? And we'll soon have tickets for The Snowman and Room on a Broom at Birmingham Rep to give away soon (we're feeling very generous this Christmas!).

Tinkleybison Wed 09-Nov-16 18:55:36

Ooh that does look good.

We have a family tradition of going to the Christmas tree festival at Lichfield cathedral. Lots of local businesses and groups decorate trees and then you buy tokens to vote for your favourite, which raises money for the Cathedral. We always buy a new ornament for our tree when we're there and go to a cafe for a nice warm drink. I love the run up to Christmas!

insertimaginativeusername Wed 09-Nov-16 19:32:53

A trip to the Christmas market in town for a hot chocolate, mug of gluhwein and for DC to pick a new tree decoration, ice skating and a steam train ride to see santa grin

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Wed 09-Nov-16 23:42:50

Oooh: we are being taken by Family to The Nutcracker themed Christmas Tour at Chatsworth.

CordeliaScott Thu 10-Nov-16 20:38:05

We're going to Thomas' Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor as DD loves trains.

Hopefully we'll also be able to build snowmen, have snowball fights and go sledging as I don't think she's ever seen snow but I doubt it somehow.

clairedunphy Thu 10-Nov-16 22:03:12

We've booked the santa steam train with seven valley for the first time. I think the kids will love it.

Can I just ask about the lantern festival - you don't mention under 4's, it's that because they don't pay or is it not suitable for the little ones?

FlossieF Fri 11-Nov-16 11:33:56

Now this explains the piles of stuff the kids have been gawping at in the Botanics car park when I park there for swimming lessons next door!

Anyway, I think I shall be carrying on the tradition of taking them into town to the German market after they finish school early on the last day of term. Hot chocolate with marshmallows (for them), Gluhwein (for me), delicious poffertjes (Dutch flying saucer pancakes) with nutella for all, and a ride on the carousel! Probably not ice skating as DS1 still has rods and pins in his arm from when he broke it early this year.....

muffinheaven Fri 11-Nov-16 11:44:51

An evening trip to the German Market for hot drinks, bit of shopping and ice skating - get us in the Christmas mood !

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Fri 11-Nov-16 19:09:15

Flossie!! I wonder if I know you, as we swim there, too ...!!

CoffeeandDoughnuts Fri 11-Nov-16 21:07:35

As well as celebrating Christmas we will also be celebrating Hannukah, the festival of LIGHT! So it will be the kids endlessly rearranging tree decorations by day then eating doughnuts, lighting candles and sharing small gifts at night.

letmeseethelights Sat 12-Nov-16 10:43:17

Hopefully we will all be building the biggest snowman ever.
Fingers crossed weather wise.

jobrum Sun 13-Nov-16 08:33:49

As dd turns two soon, we have a trip to see Santa and if she isn't keen on that bit it includes a ride on a stean train and she's currently train mad! We are going with my parents and will be their first Chistmasy thing with a grandchild.

We'll also be thinking of some nice traditions of our own to start at home.

BRUMMW Sun 13-Nov-16 21:05:02

We will be going to see Father Christmas at Sealife, to see panto and to see Warwick Castle at Christmas. We might also manage some ice skating in Birmingham. Would love to add magical lanterns to the list.

ltang Wed 16-Nov-16 12:31:53

Fab, the kids would love this show. A visit to the German markets each year for a sausage bap is a must. Plus shopping and lots of turkey and food with the family!

juggler1000 Wed 16-Nov-16 13:46:39

Well, hopefully going to the magic lantern festival :-) Otherwise, we'll be heading off to the Christmas market, which looks amazing again this year x

Vanillaradio Wed 16-Nov-16 17:35:58

We are going to see Santa's show at the Snowdome. We will most likely also go to the German Market to ride on "the horsies that go round and round."

crazycrofter Fri 18-Nov-16 18:03:42

We'll be attending carols by candlelight at church. I love singing all the classic carols, listening to the nine Bible readings and remembering the first Christmas.

Conniedescending Fri 18-Nov-16 18:16:49

We always go to the panto matinee and then go for hot chocs afterwards

Hollybee23 Fri 18-Nov-16 22:00:55

We are going to attempt to make baby footprint Christmas cards and a special decoration for the tree, there will of course be Christmas carols involved (grin)

kelliefaggle Sun 20-Nov-16 16:02:07

We have booked to go to Marvel on Boxing day -I'm really excited.....More so then my son I think!!

Kellyd1 Sun 20-Nov-16 23:05:40

A day trip to the snow dome in Tamworth to play with some real snow!

MNBirminghamLocalEd Sun 20-Nov-16 23:34:56

Congratulations, jobrum - you are our winner! I'll message you now to collect some details so you can claim your prize.

Many thanks to everyone for entering our competition. Don't forget: we still have tickets to give away for The Bear at mac birmingham, and we'll have more competitions coming soon.

jobrum Mon 21-Nov-16 21:23:45

How lovely! My daughter loves going out in the dark at the moment and gets very excited over anything colourful and shiny so I think we'll all really enjoy it.

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