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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.
Celebrate winter, the beauty of Christmas in London and other seasonal events with this guide to the best London light festivals.

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.

Winterfest at Wembley Park

Drop by free lights festival Winterfest at Wembley Park and enjoy works by artists from across the globe. Experience a multi-sensory and immersive playground with installations like Burning Man’s Sonic Runway and London’s tallest-ever LED Christmas tree in London.

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.

Wave at Eccleston Yards

Discover the power of chromotherapy with Wave at Eccleston Yards. Wander through 500 suspended colourful orbs as part of this free interactive light and sound installation by Squidsoup. Afterwards, warm up with festive drinks and snacks this winter in London.

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.

Light Up Nine Elms

Head to Nine Elms after dark to celebrate the history of its legendary trees with Light Up Nine Elms. Watch beautiful illustrations created by artist Jony Easterby and Pippa Taylor come to life, when projected onto the neighbourhood’s buildings.

Squidsoup at Southbank Centre

Get lost in a sea of hypnotising lights at Southbank Centre with Squidsoup’s immersive light and sound artwork, hanging in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer. Take in more than 200 shinning globes before heading to the riverside Winter festival and wandering through pop-up market stalls lit up with twinkling lights.

Ever After Garden in Grosvenor Square

Take a moment during the festive period to reflect in the Ever After Garden in Grosvenor Square, filled with glowing roses in memory of lost loved ones. Explore the stunning illuminated garden and help raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity by planting your own rose.

Woolwich Winter Warmer

Be dazzled at Woolwich Winter Warmer while giant illuminated puppets take to the streets, creating a magical and visually powerful performance. Join the electro-energetic street party and get your heart pumping by moving along with the dancers, music and lights.

Discover more London Christmas lights with switch-on events across the city, make unforgettable memories in one of the many magical Christmas markets London has to offer or treat yourself to a magical Christmas lights tour.

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