I’m preparing for my vitamin D to plummet faster than this week’s Facebook shares. Working in a basement office, within a month I’ll be setting off to work and returning from the office in the pitch darkness. But there are upsides to this seasonal affective madness.

Not least the dazzling array of light shows heading to London this winter. The shows are back and they promise to be better than ever. Here are some of the shows we’re looking forward to, we just hope that with wholesale energy prices going through the roof they’re on a fixed tariff!


Lightopia has found a new home! Chiswick House clearly wasn’t grand enough, and so they’ve moved into a palace. Crystal Palace to be precise.

Hopefully they'll light up the dinosaurs too..

The extravaganza promises immersive installations and a ‘winter wonderland of illumination’.

Hopefully they’ll light up the dinosaurs too…

Where: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, Crystal Palace, SE19 2GA
When: 19th November – 2nd January
Book: www.london.lightopiafestival.com

Enchanted Eltham Palace

Another palace, another light show, this time at Eltham Palace.

The South East London parkland surrounding the ancient palace will be awash with colour as the lights, and sounds, of the event arrive in December.

The ancient palace will be awash with colour...

Along with the lights expect traditional fairground rides and a Christmas shop flogging all manner of Yuletide fare, from traditional toys to ‘award-winning food and drink’.

Where: Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE (or SE9 5NP if you’re using Sat Nav)
When: 9th December to 30th December
Book: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Wembley Park Winterfest

Dubbed ‘Reunited in light’, the annual lights is back after a year’s hiatus (for obvious reasons).

The display, taking place around football’s most famous icon (Wembley Stadium, we mean, not Wayne Rooney) and will consist of light installations and artworks. Not to mention ‘London’s largest LED tree’. Made from 100,000 LEDs the website says the tree is 25 ft tall. Closer inspection of the photo above suggests they mean 25 metres or perhaps 75 ft. Either way, it’s bloody impressive.

Football's most famous icon (Wembley Stadium, we mean, not Wayne Rooney)...

The lights aren’t bookable because they’re free to visit. Just pitch up from 24th November at Wembley Park and have a mooch about.

Where: Wembley, HA9 0WS
When: 24th November to 9th January
Website: www.wembleypark.com

Christmas At Kew

Form an orderly Kew… The Christmas lights at Kew Gardens are famously enchanting as the world renowned gardens are transformed from a floral delight into a light infused sensation.

The mile and a half trail sees visitors walk the famous Treetop Walkway, lit into a dazzling waterfall and traverse the Tunnel of Light, with its thousands of pea-lights suspended from shimmering ribbons.

And it wouldn't be Christmas without the chance to buy festive tat at the shop...

The crescendo of the experience is Kew’s instantly recognisable Palm House. The Victorian glasshouse that houses over 1,500 species of plant will be lit up with lasers, rainbow colours, light beams and water jets, all set to a medley of Christmas songs.

As you’d expect, there’s also food and drink options (enjoy churros or roasted chestnuts around a fire-pit) and it wouldn’t be Christmas without the chance to buy festive tat at the shop.

Where: Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
When: 17th November to 9th January
Website: www.kew.org

Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland

If you thought that these light displays were a brand new band wagon then you’d be wrong, the one at South West London’s Syon Park has been on the go for the last 14 years!

The winding trail runs through the impressive arboretum before passing the sixteenth century mansion and culminating at the beautiful Great Conservatory.

If you thought that these light displays were a brand new band wagon then you'd be wrong...

From high-tech lasers to low tech candles, and incorporating lights and music, the experience is guaranteed to feel magical as you enjoy the 600-year-old gardens bathed in light.

Where: London Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF
When: Weekends between 12th and 28th November
Website: www.enchantedwoodland.com

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