Enchanted Eltham: Palace Light Festival Returns For Christmas 2019

Enchanted Eltham: Palace Light Festival Returns For Christmas 2019
Light festival Enchanted Eltham in the grounds of Eltham Palace
Photo: Eltham Palace

Talking trees, a twinkling maze, and a disco ball suspended over a moat... Enchanted Eltham is back for Christmas 2019.

The beguiling light festival takes place in the gardens of the English Heritage building over three weekends this winter. The trail winds through the grounds after dark, lighting up historic walls, manicured gardens and towering trees. Parts of the event are choreographed to music, and it's all extremely photogenic.

Light festival Enchanted Eltham in the grounds of Eltham Palace
Enchanted Eltham. Photo: Londonist

Take a pitstop halfway round the 1.2 mile route to toast marshmallows over an open fire, and finish up with hot drinks and food in the funfair area at the end of the family-friendly trail.

Light festival Enchanted Eltham in the grounds of Eltham Palace
Enchanted Eltham. Photo: Londonist

Highlights last year include an oh-so Intagrammable light tunnel on a bridge over the moat, a twinkling light maze for kids to get lost in, and an animated talking tree, offering his opinions to anyone who cared to listen.

Light festival Enchanted Eltham in the grounds of Eltham Palace
Enchanted Eltham. Photo: Londonist

Take a look at our video of Enchanted Eltham last year for an idea of what to expect:

Enchanted Eltham 2019 takes place across three weekends, 5-22 December 2019. Book ahead: 5-8 December | 12-15 December | 19-22 December.

ForĀ  other illuminating events, see our guide to light festivals in London this winter, including Christmas at Kew.

Last Updated 17 September 2019

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