This mesmerising light trail is transforming London into a Christmas wonderland

Written by Amy Beecham

Lightopia is the London light installation that will take your breath away – and get you in the festive spirit.

For every person, there is an act or activity that is sure to get them feeling Christmassy. Whether it’s drinking hot chocolate and curling up with a Christmas film or taking to the ice with carols ringing in your ears. But one thing that well and truly marks the beginning of Christmas each year is festive lights. Twinkling on a tree. Strung from houses. Or, in this case, illuminating the south London scenery.

Yes, it may only be October, but in our minds, it’s never too early to start planning for the festive seasons. After all, we all need something to take our minds off the state of the world.

Lightopia, held in Crystal Palace Park, promises to be London’s “finest festival of lights this Christmas” and, going off previous years’, it lives up to its word.

Running from 17 November to 2 January, the  illuminated trail will feature stunning, multi-sensory interactive lights and lantern installations, creating a winter wonderland bursting with colour, making this a spectacular addition for all the family for this festive season. 

Things to do in London: Lightopia

Having previously featured the likes of vibrant reindeer, glowing lanterns and neon peacocks, Lightopia truly is a sight to behold. Follow the 2km festive light trail and watch the history of Crystal Palace come to life among spectacularly-lit figures.

Things to do in London: Lightopia

Things to do in London: Lightopia

Things to do in London: Lightopia

For those outside of the capital, Lightopia will also take place this year in Manchester’s Heaton Park, running from Thursday 24th November until Monday 2nd January.

Beginning at the Guardian Gate, guests will be transported into a wonderland decorated by a blanket of shooting stars with the Essence of Light display. Follow the mystical path to the Christmas realm, celebrating the festive season with the gift of giant baubles, trees and presents.

Things to do in London: Lightopia

Will you be taking a visit?

Tickets start from £19.50 for adults and £13 for children, and booking is open now. 

Images: Lightopia

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