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Historic Illuminations

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

Everyone loves a festive light trail. Here are three top tips for trails to inspire your little people this festive season.

Hampton Court Palace


NEW this year enter a whimsical world of swirling plants and shining stars as the Palace gardens and Courtyards at Hampton Court transform into an enchanted light trail inspired by their famous astronomical clock. Palace of Stardust will showcase a winter wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials illuminating Henry VIII's spectacular baroque palace. Listen to ancient whispering trees, peek into mysterious miniature shadow worlds. With glowing lanterns and awesome projections watch this legendary clock come to life like never before.

8 Dec–3 Jan, 4–8pm. Last entry 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.50 adults, £8 child. Click here to book.



Museum of the Home


Inspired by East Asian night markets see the Museum of the Home shine bright this winter. Created by lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun the installation is best viewed between 5–9pm in the Kingsland Road gardens. Click here for more details.


The Tower of London


From naughty ravens to majestic elephants the history of The Towers royal menagerie will be brought to life through twinkling animal installations this festive season. Explore this shimmering winter wonderland where polar bears roam and a pack of golden wolves guard bags of treasure stashed in Mint Street. Christmas at The Tower runs 1 Dec–3 Jan and is included in the general admission ticket price. Tickets: £29.50 adults, £14.90 child. Click here to book.



By Julia Colls, 16 November 2021