With the shorter days and cooler nights, it’s easy to feel the encroaching darkness. However, as the holiday season approaches, welcome the opportunity to embrace light and warmth. There are numerous events and light shows that can brighten up these longer, darker days. In this blog post, we’ll explore fantastic ways to infuse this season with brightness.
Enchanting Botanic Gardens
Consider a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where the annual Christmas at Kew event transforms the gardens into a magical wonderland with dazzling lights and enchanting installations. Nature-inspired lights will guide your way, creating a magical atmosphere that’s simply irresistible. Don’t miss Santa’s Snowflake Grotto and the vintage carousel, offering timeless holiday joy. As you wander, take a moment to explore an array of Christmas gifts and indulge in traditional festive nibbles and drinks.
Christmas Lights in London
London sparkles with holiday magic as the city’s annual Christmas lights take centre stage. From Oxford Street’s iconic display to Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree, the city is aglow with festive charm. Regent Street offers a unique shopping experience amid stunning decorations, while Covent Garden transforms into a wonderland with a beautiful Christmas tree lighting up its historic piazza. The whole city comes alive with an irresistible festive atmosphere. Don’t miss the magic – mark your calendar for the Christmas lights switch-on dates across London.
Light Up Trails in Hampshire
Explore the Light Up Trails in Hampshire, where enchantment meets nature. In the heart of Hillier Gardens, thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the woodlands, creating a breathtaking display. Captivating installations transport you to a world of wonder and imagination. Stroll beneath a starlit canopy and discover colossal, whimsical creatures in this radiant wonderland. Don’t miss this enchanting experience. Visit the Hillier Gardens in Hampshire from November to January.
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms
While you soak up the festive spirit in London, don’t miss your last chance to experience Yayoi Kusama’s iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern. This mesmerising exhibition runs until April 2024 and features Kusama’s largest creation, the “Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life.” You’ll also encounter the enchanting “Chandelier of Grief,” where rotating crystal chandeliers transport you to a limitless universe. It’s a captivating artistic journey not to be missed.
Winter Martini garden at Ham Yard
To add another layer of warmth and flavour to your festive season, consider a visit to the Winter Martini Garden at Ham Yard Hotel’s Roof Terrace. In collaboration with Sipsmith, this winter wonderland awaits, offering a cosy atmosphere complete with tartan blankets, hot water bottles, and an array of smoked and steaming hot cocktails. The alfresco living room boasts heaters and flickering candles, creating the perfect setting to unwind and savour the seasonal delights. It’s an ideal addition to your holiday exploration of London’s vibrant and festive spirit.
We hope this has piqued your curiosity and inspired you to visit these wonderful places to discover the festive light for yourself.