Let The Christmas Lights Shine: 7 Enchanting Winter Light Festivals in London

Christmas at Kew. ©RBG Kew. 8
Credit: RBG Kew

London is awash with a brilliant glow this winter, illuminated by an array of dazzling light festivals that promise to captivate all who behold them. From the sprawling beauty of Hampstead Heath to the bustling energy of Canary Wharf, the entire city has donned its festive attire, and we’re here to be your guide through the most spectacular winter light festivals in London for 2023-2024.

1. Christmas at Kenwood
As the magic of Christmas descends upon Kenwood, Hampstead Heath is transformed into a sparkling wonderland. Jaw-dropping installations like the laser garden and snowflake house await, alongside new additions such as the interactive ‘Light Launchers’, the colourful ‘Retro Rubix’, and a mesmerising ‘Reflections’ light show. Step into the fire garden, indulge in festive food, and experience the enchantment for yourself. Don’t miss out – get your tickets now!

📍 Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, NW3 7JR.
🚇 Nearest station: Golders Green or Hampstead.

2. Christmas at Kew
Brightening up south west London, Christmas at Kew boasts over a million twinkly lights stretching across a 2.7km trail. The Fire Garden and Christmas Cathedral are must-sees, while food stands and vendors will keep you toasty with mulled wine and hot chocolate. Feel the magic and wonder as there’s still plenty of availability for January.

📍 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond.
🚇 Nearest stations: Kew Bridge, Kew Gardens, Richmond.

3. Glow at RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley is bursting with Christmas spirit, featuring captivating light shows and displays. From the illuminated Glasshouse to the ‘field of fire’ in the Alpine Meadow, the garden is a festive paradise. Plus, a mini Christmas market promises an array of treats to tantalise your taste buds.

📍 RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB.
🚇 Nearest station: West Byfleet.

4. Christmas at Eltham Palace
Eltham Palace comes alive with light, colour, and sound, providing a magical winter experience within the palace grounds. Wander amongst the twinkling lights, admire the ancient moat, and warm up with marshmallows and mulled wine. Embrace the enchantment before December 30th!

📍 Eltham Palace, Greenwich, SE9 5QE.
🚇 Nearest station: Eltham.

5. Epping Ongar Light Fantastic
The Epping Ongar Light Fantastic offers a unique experience with light installations and a delightful train ride. With music and cute displays, this festive adventure is not to be missed. Get your tickets now!

📍 Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar, CM5 9BN.
🚇 Nearest station: Epping (heritage bus available).

6. Canary Wharf Winter Lights
Returning in January 2024, this free Christmas light festival illuminates Canary Wharf with over 18 installations, some making their debut in the UK or the world. With interactive and responsive displays, this festival promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before.

📍 Throughout the Estate, Canary Wharf, E14.
🚇 Nearest station: Canary Wharf.

7. Winter Light at the Southbank Centre
The Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre features not only carols and winter raves, but also a remarkable light exhibition that will leave you spellbound. With a diverse array of events, there’s something for everyone this Christmas.

📍 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX.
🚇 Nearest station: Waterloo.

Let the festive spirit fill you as you explore the best Christmas light festivals in London and the surrounding area. From twinkling trails to captivating displays, there’s no better way to embrace the magic of the season than with these enchanting light festivals!

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