What’s better than attending a glimmering light festival on a cold winter night? Taking a stroll through the enchanted, illuminated gardens of London, and seeing popular attractions with their unique light displays is certainly a sight to behold. Read on for inspiration and make your list of top light festivals to attend in London this year!
Winter Light at Southbank Centre
On a dark winter night, head to the Southbank Centre as it is illuminated by artistic outdoor displays, wherein each of the artists uses colour and light in playful ways. Undoubtedly, Winter Light at Southbank Centre is one of the first light festivals in the city, adding to its festive glow.
With your Signature Townhouse Hyde Park stay, in the heart of the city, you’re sure to have an impeccable experience enjoying the festive lights and delights in London. Running from 13th November to 7th January’24, the South Bank Centre Winter Festival is free to attend. Also, the artworks at this captivating light festival explore topics such as collective and individual identity, technology, and environment. The Winter Light Festival marks the return of Jakob Kvist’s Dichroic Sphere along with various other popular artists like Fred Tschida, Kendall Geers, Leo Villareal and more showcasing their talent and adding charm to the festival.
Christmas at Kew 2023
Topping the list of one of the most awaited highlights of the UK festive calendar is Christmas at Kew. If you’re in London this winter, grab the unmissable opportunity to celebrate Christmas at Kew (and thank us later!). See the spectacular botanical world at Kew Gardens, easily accessible from your Hyde Park accommodation, brimming with seasonal sounds and twinkling lights, adding to the festive cheer like no other.
The glittering light tunnels and hued lakeside reflections of trees covered with festive lights are sure to be a lasting memory. As an all-time favourite annual festive event in London, Christmas at Kew with a lit atmospheric trail winding through the gardens, is perfect for a family night out with the kids or even a romantic date night with a view. Over a million lights and thousands of laser beams are used for this event from 15th November to 7th January’24, which also features enchanting, illuminated rare tree types, a fire garden, delicious food, and drink stalls peddling hot chocolate and other delectable warming treats!
Tower of London Crown and Coronation Display
This winter season, see the Tower of London in a new light with its spectacularly immersive light and sound show by Luxmuralis! Head start your day with a scrumptious breakfast near Hyde Park and experience the splendour of the Crown Jewels and Coronation Ceremony, as it is brought to life like never before at the Tower of London Light Festival.
Adding to the festive cheer of the city, see stunning imagery showcased on the landmark venue as part of the Crown and Coronation event, spanning from the reign of William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. From 17th to 25th November, witness exquisite details of Crown Jewel’s regalia, footage of monarchs and coronations past beautifully projected on the White Tower. You can also enjoy special access to Crown Jewels after hours, for a wholesome experience.
Christmas at Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath
With a whole new look this year and 13 brand-new installations, the interactive light trail at Christmas at Kenwood House, is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Take a soothing stroll in the grounds of Kenwood from 1st December to 1st January’24 and find surprises at every corner.
Award-winning and internationally renowned Creative Director, Katherine Jewkes has worked alongside light art pioneers to create an immersive experience that is sure to thrill your senses! Don’t forget to explore the entire 2km long trail and the historic building bathed in festive light for an experience to remember. Located at the beginning and end of the trail, you’ll find festive drinks and food at the food court to suit your palate.
With the cosy woollen sweaters warming you up, make sure to take your pick of the best winter light festival for an unforgettable experience in London!