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Best light festivals in London

People walking along the river and light illuminations at Enchanted Eltham Palace
Enchanted Eltham Palace. Image courtesy of English Heritage
Be dazzled by twinkling light sculptures and immersive illumination experiences.
Brighten up those dark winter nights, fill your Insta feed with cool snaps or make the most of Christmas in London with some of the best London light festivals.

Lightopia Festival London at Chiswick House and Gardens

Step into a winter wonderland filled with handmade lanterns and light installations during Lightopia Festival London at Chiswick House and Gardens. Wander along magical trails, punctuated with acrobats, musicians and food and drink stalls, leading past a sound-interactive 18-metre (59ft) peacock, gigantic sparkling eggs and a field of 70,000 individual twinkling roses. Book Lightopia tickets now

Illuminated River boat tour with Thames Clippers

See some of London's most famous bridges along the river Thames lit up during an Illuminated River cruise with Thames Clippers. See the landmarks shining bright with colourful light installations and learn all about the Illuminated River artworks, while on a tour with a fascinating specialist speaker. 

Shard Lights

Look up to one of the highest buildings in Europe and see The Shard’s top 20 storeys lit up in a bright illuminated display, visible from across the city. The Shard Lights reflect designs created by local schoolchildren during a 30-minute visual spectacle.

Christmas at Kew

Discover some of the most enchanting Christmas lights in London with Christmas at Kew. Wander along an illuminated path lit by one million lights, take the perfect shot for the ‘gram in the Tunnel of Light and warm yourself up with a festive hot drink.

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Marvel at thousands of lights during the award-winning Winter Lights festival. As Canary Wharf glows in the wintry dark, you can discover more than 25 artworks and immersive installations from across the world, all dotted around the area.

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

Discover the magnificent 600-year-old gardens of Syon Park in a brand new light. Follow a trail of sparkling lights through the Enchanted Woodland, to be dazzled by laser shows, light displays and music, ending up at the historic Great Conservatory.

Enchanted Eltham Palace

Be transported to a world of light, colour and sound with Enchanted Eltham Palace. Discover the historic palace in a new a light, as you explore tunnels and paths filled with twinkling lights, dancing fairies, talking trees and interactive light displays. Join in the winter fun with rides and games, and tuck into a couple of mince pies with a warm mug of mulled wine.

Discover more fun things to do in London: search for the best London Christmas lights, see the city sparkle from a rooftop bar or be dazzled by Bonfire Night fireworks in London. 

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