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

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. Book Christmas at Kew tickets now

Illuminated River with City Cruises

Hop on a City Cruises boat for a London tour from the river Thames. Enjoy a three-course dinner as you float past the capital's Illuminated River installations, which light up London’s bridges, and soak up views of the city glimmering at night – bubbly in hand. Book City Cruises boat tour tickets now

Shard Lights

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

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.

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.

Lightopia Festival London at Chiswick House and Gardens

Step into a winter wonderland filled with handmade lanterns and light installations at the 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-metres 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.

Lantern Parade in Greenwich

As jazz takes over the streets of Greenwich, join the spectacular Lantern Parade around the Old Royal Naval College grounds and Cutty Sark Gardens and into Greenwich Market. Enjoy on-stage performances, an array of food and drink and cheer as the Greenwich Christmas lights are switched on.

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.

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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