Alice in Winterland – A magical Lantern Festival in Southwark

Artist singing Christmas songs, surrounded by the giant lanterns having tea. [Photo by Juliana Onetti]

This winter, Southwark Park becomes home to Alice in Winterland, a magical lantern festival which is held from November 28th, 2018 to January 5th, 2019. Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may also be purchased on the day of the visit: Adults £15 / Children £9.

Over 160 handmade lanterns are displayed in 29 immersive scenes, which are telling both of Lewis Carroll’s famous stories Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The visit took me about 45 minutes, it all depends on the time you take to contemplate!

All the way along the path, signs are accompanying the lighting statues to help you follow the adventure of Alice by resuming the scenes in a few sentences. And for the youngest visitors who cannot read yet, simply press the big red button and a voice will tell you what is written!

Halfway through the visit, you arrive in a little village where you have the possibility to meet and take photos with Santa in his Grotto. There is also the opportunity, for those who want, to try the green screen photo experience, which is really funny. It gives the effect that you are standing in the middle of all the lanterns!

And as a wonderland would not be complete without an outdoor tea party, at the end of the experience there is a place entirely dedicated to that!

In the middle, there is a gazebo where artists sing festive Christmas songs, surrounded by Alice in Wonderland’s characters’ lanterns having tea. And all around that, you can find stalls providing food and drinks in order to join them in their tea party!

I personally loved this fairytale adventure. Alice in Winterland is a festive and fun experience for all the family. Whatever your age it immerses you in the wonderful world of Alice, and I can ensure you that both young and old will get out of there with the eyes full of stars!


Southwark Park

Paradise Gate, Jamaica Road

SE16 4RS, London

(*Please note this is at the northern end of the park and it’s the nearest postcode.)

Visit sessions:

Every half hour from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm.