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Best light festivals in London

Be dazzled by twinkling winter light sculptures, cool artworks and immersive illumination experiences across the capital.

Brighten up those dark London winter nights, fill your Instagram feed with colourful snaps and make the most of Christmas in the capital with some of the most popular London light festivals. 

Discover the best light festivals in London for winter 2023/24 – watch the capital light up at the locations below that host some of London's best light festivals from November to March. 

Christmas lights

A Christmas tree with dazzling warm white lights and red ornaments in the foreground. Red buses beneath shining 'spirits' of Christmas and stars.
The Spirit of Christmas at Regent Street and St James's. Image courtesy of The Crown Estate.

Get into the festive spirit and walk beneath a twinkling canopy of some of the most famous Christmas lights in London, including Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby and Covent Garden. From 2 Nov

Winter Light at the Southbank Centre

Brightly lit art installation titled Dichroic Sphere by Jakob Kvist at night near Southbank Centre in London
See Winter Light art installations around Southbank Centre, including Dichroic Sphere by Jakob Kvist © Christoffer Askman

Visit the free art installations dotted in and around Southbank Centre as part of Winter Light. Wander through the art complex and along the river Thames for an illuminating experience during the dark months. Nov-Jan TBC

Christmas at Kew

The Palm House at Kew Gardens glows bright blue with a water shows and statue in the foreground
Palm House light show at Christmas at Kew. © RBG Kew, Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Richard Haughton. Image courtesy of RBG Kew.

Discover some of the most enchanting Christmas lights in London with Christmas at Kew. Meander through the gardens illuminated by twinkling lights and say hello to Santa along the way, before a spectacular finale in front of the Palm House. 13 Nov-5 Jan

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. The stunning illuminated garden helps to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Nov-Dec TBC

Wimbledon Festive Light Trail

Immerse yourself in the Wimbledon Festive Light Trail, which creates a magical wonderland from light, sound and colour. Stop for tasty food, mulled wine and hot chocolate before gathering around the cosy firepit to toast marshmallows. 29 Nov-22 Dec

Shard Lights

The Shard Snowman lights up the Shard for Christmas
The Shard Snowman. Credit: The Shard. Image courtesy of The Shard.

Look high in the sky to see the most elevated seasonal light display in Western Europe at The Shard. See this year's illuminations light up the night in a bright display featuring a snowman, candle and festive Scottish pattern across the building's top 20 storeys. Nov-Dec TBC

Christmas at Eltham Palace

A young girl plays with interactive Christmas lights at Eltham Palace
Light installations bring festive cheer to the palace. Credit: Christmas at Eltham Palace. Image courtesy of English Heritage.

Be transported to a world of light, colour and sound at Christmas at Eltham Palace. Discover the historic mansion in a new light and explore tunnels and paths filled with twinkling lights and interactive displays. Dec-Jan TBC

Christmas at Kenwood

Kenwood House, a historic mansion located within Hampstead Heath, is lit up with Christmas lights.
Pay a visit to Christmas at Kenwood, a festive trail taking you across Hampstead Heath. Image courtesy of Deacon Communications.

Take snaps of Instagrammable installations along the festive light trail of Christmas at Kenwood. Be dazzled by twinkling lights and sounds across the grounds of historic Kenwood House, before warming up with seasonal foodie treats. Dec-Jan TBC

The Luminaze at Wembley Park

A living room with sofa and fireplace is shaped out of multicoloured neon lights at The Luminaze
The Luminaze at Wembley Park. Credit: Chris Winter. Image courtesy of AB Property Marketing.
Wander around The Luminaze at Wembley Park, an immersive maze filled with light installations, sculptures and projections. Find the middle of the maze and you'll be met with The Hourglass, a four-metre-tall (13ft) sculpture, showcasing an animated story using 3D projections and audio clips from local residents. Dec-Jan TBC

London's Chanukah Menorah in Trafalgar Square

Mark the nights of Chanukah with a special celebration in Trafalgar Square. A new light is lit on each of the eight nights at London’s Chanukah Menorah in the heart of the city. Dec TBC

Canary Wharf Winter Lights

Man in front of tunnel of light
Be immersed in illuminations at Canary Wharf Winter Light. Image courtesy of Marcus Lyall/Canary Wharf Winter Light.

Marvel at spectacular displays during the Winter Lights festival in Canary Wharf. As the area glows in the wintry dark, you can discover artworks and immersive installations from artists from across the world. 17-27 Jan

The Light Festival at Battersea Power Station

Colourful lights reflect on the river with Battersea Power Station in the backdrop
Eternal Sundown by Mads Vegas. Light Festival at Battersea Power Station. Credit: John Sturrock. Image courtesy of The Cast.
Light up your winter evenings with a visit to one of London's coolest neighbourhoods for The Light Festival at Battersea Power Station. The festival brings an array of vibrant, interactive and thought-provoking light displays across the riverside area and inside the iconic landmark, this year including unmissable live performances. 25 Jan-25 Feb

LIFE at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Hues of blue and yellow light up the inside of St Martin-in-the-Fields church
LIFE at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Credit: Paul Marc Mitchell. Image courtesy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Watch as hues of every colour illuminate St Martin-in-the-Fields parish church for Life, a celebration of light and sound. Be taken on an immersive journey through earth, sea and sky, ending with a spectacular light show inside the church interior. 30 Jan-3 Feb

Illuminated River

People looking at the illuminated bridge on the river Thames in the evening
An illuminated bridge on the river Thames. ©James Newton.

Discover the capital's Illuminated River installations, which light up nine of London's bridges with colourful displays after dark. See the exhibition from the Thames during a relaxing river cruise or soak up views of the city glimmering at night on foot. Year-round

Check out more Christmas activities across the capital, including the best London Christmas lights, top places for Christmas shopping and 101 Christmas things to do in London.

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