|Lumiere London 2016. Photo: Laura Reynolds|
Sadly, it doesn't look like Lumiere is coming back to London this year, but there are plenty of other light and lantern festivals taking place in London and across the UK. Some are family-friendly, others lean more towards the romantic spectrum, so choose your companions carefully. Can't make it along to any of these? Follow the venues on Instagram to get the best of the pretty lights without battling the cold weather.
Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House
|The previous Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House. Photo: Magical Lantern Festival|
Oddest of all, bearing in mind the festival takes place in January and February, is the Santa's Grotto. Makes sense that the guy in red would be less busy at this time of year, but surely that's just asking to have overexcited kids on your hands for 11 months?
The Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick House. Adult tickets £16-50-£20. 19 January-26 February 2017.
The Festival of Light, Longleat Safari Park
Beatrix Potter fans are in for a right treat as the author's animal characters are brought to life in light form, among more than 2,500 lanterns. There's also a Beatrix Potter exhibition in the Great Hall.
The Festival of Light, Longleat Safari Park. Various ticket prices, 11 November 2016-2 January 2017.
Tunnel of Light, Norwich
|Photo: Norwich BID|
A 45m long tunnel of light, made of more than 50,000 LEDs will be set on Hay Hill, as part of the City's Christmas celebrations, in what it's claiming is a UK first.
Tunnel of Light, Norwich, 17 November 2016-5 January 2017.
GLOW, Eastbury Manor
For two nights only, National Trust property Eastbury Manor House in Barking is taken over by local organisation Studio3arts. The house and grounds will be illuminated with events including a fire garden and fire sculptures, illuminations in patterns representing the building's Tudor heritage, sound installations and a model solar system. If ever there was a time to head for the end of the District line, this is it.
GLOW, Eastbury Manor, Barking. Adult tickets £5, 25-26 November 2016
Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf
|Photo: Canary Wharf|
Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf. Free, 16-27 January 2017.
Dulwich Winterlights, Dulwich Picture Gallery
|Photo: Dulwich Picture Gallery|
The world's first purpose-built picture gallery steps elegantly into the 21st century with a pre-Christmas illumiation festival. The 19th century building and impressive grounds will be lit up and decked with lanterns by the same people behind Christmas at Kew (see below). As you follow the trail, enjoy the accompanying music, which include live roaming choirs.
Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park
|Photo: Steve Newton/Enchanted Woodland|
A colourful, illuminated mile-long trail through the trees and around the lake is enough to enchant adults and kids alike -- and it's worth keeping your eyes open for little touches like fairy doors in the trees. Booking in advance is a must, but even then be prepared to queue to get in.
Enchanted Woodland at Syon House. Adult tickets £9, 18 November-4 December 2016.
Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens
|Christmas at Kew 2014. Photo: Laura Reynolds|
The light trail winds around a corner of the sizeable garden, taking in the dancing fountains in the lake, a Five Gold Rings themed fire garden, a light tunnel and much more. There's also a Victorian funfair, food and drinks stalls and more. In short, it's an Instagram addict's heaven.
Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens. Adult ticket £16-£20, 23 November 2016-2 January 2017.
Magical Lantern Festival, Leeds and Birmingham
Tip: while you're in Leeds, it's also worth checking out the Leeds Christmas Market.
Magical Lantern Festival Leeds. Adult ticket £12.50-£14. 25 November 2016-2 January 2017.
Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham. Adult ticket £12.50-£14. 25 November 2016-2 January 2017.
Lumiere Durham 2017
While they may not be gracing London with their much-missed presence this year, there's a rumour that Artichoke Arts are bringing Lumiere Durham back in 2017. At time of writing, the link on the website isn't working, but it's something for light fans in the north of England to keep an eye on.
What have I missed? Add any other events to the comments below or tweet me @scribbling_lau and I'll add them to the list.