Festive gentle set up have change into fairly well-liked in recent times, with London points of interest such on the London Wetland Centre and Eltham Palace internet hosting the seasonal extravaganzas. However, the scale and the codecs of the occasions will be fairly completely different. A number of weeks in the past, I checked out Lightopia at Crystal Palace Park. The award-winning present returned to the south London park for a second 12 months, in addition to working in Manchester and Alton Towers.
Having grown up domestically, I’ve been going to Crystal Palace Park for many years and understand it very effectively. So visiting after darkish and seeing the park reworked by a sequence of sunshine installations and lanterns was fairly particular. Entering from prime of the park close to the well-known Victorian terraces leftover from the precise Crystal Palace, Lightopia begins with a sequence of routes, taking in a big part of the park, going all the way in which to the southern fringes close to Penge and Anerley. The gentle present wasn’t simply lanterns and lights, however there have been additionally transferring sculptures. One of probably the most spectacular items was the sound and lightweight present projected on the boating lake, with figures similar to a dancing Santa, angels, birds of prey and nutcracker troopers hovering magically above the water. Overall, it was an important occasion for a festive night time out. As effectively as the paths and installations, there have been distributors promoting scorching food and drinks to maintain you heat.
Here’s a gallery of simply a few of the installations at Lightopia 2022:
- Lightopia London 2022 was on from 17 November 2022 – 2 January 2023. At Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, Crystal Palace, SE19 2GA. Nearest stations: Crystal Palace or Penge West. For extra data, go to the Lightopia web site.
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