Canary Wharf's annual Winter Lights festival isn't happening this year — but fear not, as a new, longer illuminations event is taking its place.
For several years now, light artworks have been installed around the Canary Wharf estate for a few evenings in January, to be viewed for free by the public. If you've ever been, and witnessed the crowds it draws, you won't be surprised that Winter Lights is not going ahead in the age of social distancing.
Instead, Canary Wharf is hosting Colourful Nights, an exhibition of light artworks lasting two months. Full details of Colourful Nights have yet to be revealed, but we do know that nine new illuminated artworks will be dotted about the Canary Wharf estate. All are easily visible from a distance, reducing the likelihood of crowds gathering, and while some can be seen in the daylight, they're best viewed after dark.
With two whole months to visit Colourful Nights, it sounds like a fantastic way to avoid the social distancing problems of Winter Lights, while adding a splash of much needed joy to these dark winter nights.
Colourful Nights takes place in Canary Wharf, 1 December 2020-30 January 2021, until 10pm daily. It's free to visit, and a map and further details will be revealed in due course. In the mean time, take a look at the other dazzling light festivals happening in and around London this winter.