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The best Christmas lights brightening up the sky this December

Crimbo is officially here!

They say the spirit of Christmas is in giving, so why not give yourself a treat?!

We don’t mean leaving yourself out of pocket after your Black Friday splurge, all you’ll need to access these treats is the tube fare there.

We’re talking an eye candy extravaganza, as London’s twinkliest hotspots exhibit their festive cheer with glorious light shows.

So, take a trip to the Big Smoke and soak in the magic of Crimbo.

The elves over at TimeOut have been busy putting together a top-notch list of hidden gems, all you need to do is check it out below, pick your fave, then head on over.

[Credit: Winter Light]

1) Winter Light at the Southbank Centre

With light and colour as this year’s theme, the artists use a dazzling array of techniques to explore ideas about nature, time, politics, society, and the act of looking.

You can expect a neon canopy, experimental projections, and eerily lit abandoned cars as Winter Light presents powerful artwork harnessing the full spectrum of light and colour.

WHERE: South Bank

WHEN: Until January 9

[Credit: Lightopia]

2) Lightopia in Crystal Palace Park

The award-winning Lightopia promises to be London’s finest festival of lights this season, bathed in glitz, alongside incredible installations.

There will even be a light trail, creating a winter wonderland of illumination that you can venture down with the family, friends, or even as an office Christmas party.

WHERE: Crystal Palace Park

WHEN: Until January 2

[Credit: Carnaby Christmas Lights]

3) Carnaby Christmas Lights

Over 600 sparkling 3D and 2D butterflies are fluttering through Carnaby this Christmas, each one hand-decorated with reflective wings and bright neon patterns.

The installation is in collaboration with charity partner, Choose Love, to support the urgent need to raise funds for refugees around the world, with an additional fundraising stream for Afghan refugees, with their butterflies a metaphor for spiritual rebirth, change and hope.

WHERE: Soho

WHEN: Until January 2

[Credit: Winterfest]

4) Winterfest

Celebrating togetherness, this year’s theme will be ‘Reunited in Light’ and play host to London’s tallest LED tree.

The gleaming rainbow tower will be made up of 100,000 kinetic lights which pulse to different rhythms and evoke the vibrancy and pace of a cityscape.

If it sounds Instagrammable, it’s because it is.

WHERE: Wembley

WHEN: Until January 4

[Credit: Shard Lights]

5) Shard Lights

Featuring seasonal colours of gold, red and green, The Shard’s spire lights will flood London’s evening sky with rich, festive hues.

With the Shard Lights being the highest light show in western Europe, you will be able to see it across the capital, and may even be able to catch if from your office or bedroom window.

WHERE: London Bridge

WHEN: Until January 11

For the full article, click here: Christmas lights.

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