As Christmas gets ever closer, London is bursting with light. Here are some spectacular illuminations within easy reach of Wimbledon.

Let there be light

Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens’ phenomenally successful Christmas lighting extravaganza is now in its seventh year. More than a million lights and thousands of laser beams go into the production of Christmas at Kew. There is a fire garden, flotilla of tiny illuminated boats, a light tunnel and vintage fun fair rides, as well as plenty of food options, including a marshmallow roasting pit.

New for 2019 is a change of route and plenty of fresh installations, including a magical waterfall of lights. If you fancy checking it out, don’t hang around. Tickets went on sale in June and only limited slots are available.

Nearby Syon Park will once again create its enchanted woodland. Aimed at families, this mile-long trail takes you around the ornamental lake, lined with multi-coloured, illuminated trees. The walk ends at the park’s historic arboretum. You can buy drinks and snacks from the restaurant, including hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Light shows aren’t just about Christmas. Lightopia at Chiswick House and Gardens aims to spread some brightness in the January gloom with light installations, musicians and acrobats for an interactive, family-friendly show. Look out for angels, a rainbow tunnel, and a giant peacock. It runs from 22 January to 1 March 2020.

If you’re looking for a very different Christmas activity, what about a moonlit swim at Hampton Pool? The tropically heated pool is open all year round and has special night swims between 10pm and midnight each Friday from 29 November to 3 January 2020 – glow sticks are provided. The November event includes switching on the pool’s Christmas lights. Booking is essential.

Find more winter light shows across London in the article in the Londonist and get the low down on London’s big switch-on events in Time Out.

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Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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