Wembley Park To Launch Its Inaugural Glowing Winterfest

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Wembley Park To Launch Its Inaugural Glowing Winterfest
Sonic Runway at the new Winterfest. Photo: Jordan Laboucane

A brand new and shiny (quite literally) winter village is coming to London.

The main attraction for Winterfest in Wembley Park comes straight from Nevada's legendary Burning Man festival; Sonic Runway is the tunnel of lights pictured above, and will transform Olympic Way into a mesmerising corridor of light and sound.

That's just the tip of the light-berg: the whole of Wembley Park will be aglow, thanks to the vast number of light sculptures going on display. Also on the menu at Wembley is 'The Hopeful Tree' — the largest LED tree London has ever seen. It's 25 metres long and you can walk through it. Yes, we've not exactly been desperate to walk through a tree either, but we'll certainly be doing so this winter.

When it comes to London's winter light festivals there are firmly two camps. One type of festival situates itself in nature, or history, like a park or castle (think Enchanted Eltham and Enchanted Woodland) and uses the light to highlight the natural beauty. The second takes over a modern landscape — see Canary Wharf Winter Lights — where the lights itself are the attraction. Well, Canary Wharf: you may have competition.

There's a big switch-on event on Wednesday 20 November. It's free to attend but ticketed, so sign up here. The lights will then stay on till 3 January 2020, giving you plenty of time to bask in the neon.

Last Updated 24 October 2019

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