Dark Nights and Sparkling Lights


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Posted by Kirstie

City Break Sparkling Lights

There’s no need to stay indoors and go into hibernation now the clocks have gone back. The darker nights bring with them fantastic opportunities to wrap up warm and head outdoors during your next city break. Starting with the Illuminating York festival that runs until Saturday, there are loads of events taking place over the next few weeks guaranteed to add a touch of sparkle to your short break this winter!

1Illuminating York Festival
31 October  – 3rd  November, Various Locations, York

Visitors to York over the next few days should pay a visit to the Museum Gardens which will be transformed intoa mystical, magical wonderland with a myriad of projections and sublime lighting effects. The main event in the Museum Garden’s will be accompanied by a range of city-wide events, including the opening of The Orb exhibition at York Minster, and Locos in a Different Light at The National Railway Museum.

2. Sparkle, The Alnwick Garden
24th November-5th January, Alnwick, Northumberland

Proclaimed as being ‘the world’s most extraordinary contemporary garden’, The Alnwick Garden steps up its game this winter with a new lighting installation called Sparkle. The first phase of the installation which cost in excess of £100k, will see the Garden’s hornbeam tunnels fitted with a state of the art lighting system, transforming the dark evenings into a mesmerizing spectacle. The ‘switch-on’ by the Duchess of Northumberland and other celebratory events take place on 24th November at 5pm.

3. Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On
5th November, Oxford Street (Outside Marks & Spencers, Marble Arch), London

Those planning a city break in London should try and make it to the Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On thisMonday 5th November when the world-famous lights will add a magical sparkle to the streets of London. Every year the lights attract thousands to the West End over the Christmas and New Year period and are not to be missed when visiting the city over the next few weeks.

4. Painting with Light Photography Workshops with Dave Green
Various Dates and Locations, Devon

Visitors to Devon over the next few months can learn to celebrate the opportunities dark nights bring to photography, in a series of workshops by professional Photographer Dave Green. Join Dave and fellow photography enthusiasts on Westward Ho! beach on28th Novemberto learn top tips for creating stunning light effects with torches, coloured lights and flames. Other Christmas special workshops are available in December, check Dave’s website for more details.

5. Edinburgh Light Night
29th November, The Mound & St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a fantastic destination to visit over the wintery months and is renowned for its Hogmanay celebrations at New Year. From 29th November the Scottish capital will dazzle with lights as the city’s Christmas decorations are lit with a bang as part of the Light Night celebrations. Visitors to the city during the festive period can enjoy views of the twinkling lights from the Edinburgh wheel before taking a whirl on the ice rink and strolling round the Christmas market stalls.


What have you got planned for your next break to combat the dark nights over the next few months?

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