Wembley Park’s Magical Winter Light Festival Has Been Postponed To 2021

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor


Wembley Park’s ‘Winterfest’ will be a wild ride for the senses – in November 2021.

Winterfest, Wembley Park’s beautiful immersive winter light trail, was a lovely addition to the capital last year, and whilst organisers tried their damndest to bring it back for 2020, the realities of the coronavirus pandemic have now forced its postponement until November 2021.

‘Sonic Runway’, one of last year’s best-loved installations. Photo: Chris Winter

Following the successful run in 2019, Winterfest had aimed to launch in late November with a dazzling array of artworks that combine lights, sound and touch to create an incredible, multi-sensory experience. Best of all, Winterfest would have been entirely free to visit. Organisers had planned a family-friendly trail that celebrated unity and hope, in recognition of the dramatic year we’ve had. ‘United in Light’, as the 2020 theme was dubbed, would have provided just the tonic in the wake of a lockdown-heavy year.

Photo: Chris Winter

Unfortunately, the cancellation means Winterfest will likely return with a new theme in 2021 – although hopefully some of the artworks we’ve missed this year, including a mirror and LED tunnel called ‘Reflections of the Future’, will be unveiled next year.

‘The Hopeful Tree’, from 2019. Photo: Chris Winter

However, all is not lost! London’s tallest ever LED Christmas tree – always an impressive part of Winterfest – will still be lighting up and bringing Christmas cheer to the neighbourhood. Standing at 25-metres tall, the tree is made up of over 100,000 low-energy coloured lights, and will sport a new digital art commission this year. We’ve also been promised illuminations on trees and boulevards around Wembley Park, with new digital artworks and festive selfie spots included.

A wander around Winterfest certainly won’t be short of Instagrammable moments when it finally returns to town. Still, at least we’ve got that massive tree for Christmas 2020, providing a much needed injection of light and colour into our year!

The Wembley Park Christmas tree will be illuminated from November 26, and will be free to enjoy. More info here.

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