Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf

Immersive shows

For the sixth year Canary Wharf, London is welcoming the return of the award-winning Winter Lights, where the area is transformed by 26 spectacular Light installations.

This wonderful spectacular event is free to attend and is only showcased for a fortnight, ending this weekend 25th January 2020.

Finding your way around

We wandered up to the city On Sunday to see the Winter Lights glow up the surrounding area with immersive light displays and exhibitions.

The best time to visit the displays is from 4pm, the earlier the better as the crowds do start to build up later on in the evening. We downloaded the map from Canary Wharf website to help us to navigate our way around but there are stewards dotted around the area that hand out a paper map too. This was far better for us as the children got to choose where they wanted to go.

The map not only shows you where the light displays are but also where you can find a toilet, parking, information, street food and train/tfl stations.

On the back of the map there are pictures that show you what each display or exhibition looks like along with the title and where they are.

Light installations and interactive art

The Winter Light Festival showcases light art and interactive installations by some of the most innovative artists across the globe working in light art today. Alongside some favourites that have been shown before are some newly commissioned artworks that have never been seen in the UK before. Some of the exhibitions can be seen for afar and some will allow you to get up close and interact with.

You are advised that the whole event should take about 90 minutes to walk around, but I would give yourself longer if you really want to experience it all and just enjoy the atmosphere.

My children and I didn’t manage to get round all of the displays, as some of them had huge queues, like the Luma Paint Light Graffiti and Sky On Earth. This is because they are interactive exhibitions.

A favourite of ours was the Constellation display, the children and I were mesmerised

As you can see the displays make great photo opportunities.

We thoroughly enjoyed what we managed to see at the Winter Lights Festival and will definitely be visiting again next year.

Just remember if you are going to attend to wrap up warm, maybe pack a few snacks as the street food, as tasty as it was, is quite expensive and not to forget your camera.