When Andy Williams penned It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, I’d hazard a guess that the legendary singer had just taken a prance among a sea of Christmas lights. Because, objectively, that’s just the number one festive activity, isn’t it? The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust London Wetland Centre definitely have the right idea on that front, anyway. They’ve set up a stunning trail of illuminated lights and interactive installations to shine bright during these ever lengthening winter evenings.
Having made its debut last year, ILLUMINATURE is back to bring their magical light trail through the London Wetland Centre to the masses. The trail boasts a sea of beautiful structures including giant light sculptures of wetland wildlife sat among glowing installations such as light tunnels and responsive lily pads. It’s the perfect blend between nature and artificial, with the stars beaming down among the newly lit up shrubbery to add that desired festive sentiment. And since it runs all the way through until January 8, you’ve no excuse not to make it over there.
ILLUMINATURE in 2022
New for 2022 is the Night Vision Binoculars area, giving guests the chance to glimpse dozing ducks and night-time animals. There’s something rather magical about glimpsing them in the moonlight and scanning the area to find the next fascinating sight. There’s also a Talking Moon Projection, a Neon Birds Animated Display, and more – and that’s just the stuff that’s new for 2022!
Lisa Woodward, Centre Manager at London Wetland Centre, said:
“2022 will be ILLUMINATURE’s second year at WWT and we are very excited to showcase our amazing wildlife in a unique way, once again. Following last year’s success, the trail has new installations and the addition of the new Twilight Tweatery, full of treats and space to stop and catch up with your loved ones.
“We’re particularly excited to offer visitors the chance not just to delight in the wonderful light show but also discover the London Wetland Centre at night, and see some of the wildlife, including through our new night vision binoculars.”
So gather up the family, collect all your friends, and head on down to the London Wetland Centre. You don’t want to miss this experience.
Find London Wetland Centre at Queen Elizabeth Walk, SW13 9WT (nearest stations are Hammersmith, Barnes, and Barnes Bridge). ILLUMINATURE is open until January 8, from 4:30-8PM. Head to the website to find out more and book your tickets.