Enjoy these festive illuminations across the country
26 Nov 2020 - 10:34 BY Holly Black
There are plenty of opportunities to experience spectacular light displays outdoors. Here are a few of our favourites to enjoy this winter.
Winter Commission/ Chila Kumari Singh Burman © Tate (Joe Humphrys)
Chila Kumari Singh Burman, remembering a brave new world, Tate Britain
This vibrant technicolour display is an explosion of neon that combines the artist’s memories of visiting Blackpool’s illuminations as a child, her parents’ ice-cream van, the stories surrounding Hindu deities such as Lakshmi and Ganesh, feminist politics and the legacy of British colonialism. Opened to coincide with Diwali – the Festival of Light that celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil – it will continue to adorn Tate Britain’s neoclassical façade into the new year.
Until 31 January 2021; tate.org.uk
Christmas at the Botanics, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Enjoy the garden’s unique tree canopy lit in an array of festive colour, as well as choreographed beams of light projected across the brickwork of historic Inverleith House. While there is a laser garden and giant sculptures to discover, there is also a fire garden for more quiet contemplation.
Until 3 January 2021; rbge.org.uk
Illuminated Light Trail, Blenheim Palace
Set in the grounds of this World Heritage Site (and birthplace of Winston Churchill), this year’s light trail promises to be more spectacular than ever. With neon tunnels, lawn illuminations and even a scented fire garden, it is as much a chance to enjoy the light installations as it is the exceptional formal gardens, which are stunning at any time of year.
Until 3 January 2021; blenheimpalace.com
Courtesy Chester Zoo
The Lanterns, Chester Zoo
This creative take on Christmas lights encompasses 11 fantastical worlds filled with incredible sculptural lanterns, which celebrate the wildlife the zoo fights to preserve. Featuring abstract takes on jellyfish, chameleons, zebras, giraffes and more, it is a chance to immerse yourself in environments that stretch from the arid desert to the depths of the ocean.
Until 23 December 2020; chesterzoo.org
Holly Black is The Arts Society's Digital Editor
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