There ain’t nothing that a few thousand festive lights can’t fix.
Christmas might be over, but London isn’t finished with the festivities. You may have missed Syon Park’s famous Enchanted Woodland and Christmas at Kew, but there are a few more beautiful light festivals and installations to see in the city! Here are the best of the bunch:
1. LAST CHANCE! WAVE, November 28–January 11
Not so much a festival, but worth mentioning nonetheless! Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards is set to shine this winter, with a gorgeous, multi-sensory light installation. Titled Wave, the installation is made up of 500 individually suspended orbs that create a calming aura for visitors, reflecting the wellness ethos of Eccleston Yards.
It’s totally free to visit. More info here.
2. Canary Wharf Winter Lights, January 16–25
In early 2020, Winter Lights festival is returning to bathe Canary Wharf in colour. Light artists from across Europe are ready to show you what an unbridled imagination and state of the art light technology can do. Many of the installations are interactive or responsive, and they get bigger and brighter each year! Aside from the brilliant illuminations, you can also fill your boots with street food – the perfect way to extend all that Christmas feasting just that little bit longer!
Winter Lights is free to attend. More info here.
3. Lightopia, January 22–March 1
There’s no shortage of charming illuminations to be seen around town over Christmas, but once January rolls around, the nights tend to get a little darker. Aiming to change that is Lightopia, which will be rocking up at Chiswick House and Gardens in the new year, bringing gorgeous, colourful lanterns to this slice of west London. The event is from the same team who brought us Alice in Winterland last December, and promises more highly ‘grammable nights. A one-mile long trail filled with 45 lantern art installations awaits you, featuring castles, boats, and a whole menagerie of animals.
Adult tickets start at £20, with discounts for children and families. More info here.
[Featured image: Christmas at Kew]
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