Your December arts and culture hit list
Sure, there’s the world’s most exciting designers to shop, savings to enjoy and delicious restaurants to sample – but these latest art installations are reason enough to visit.
Enchanted Lights at Kildare Village
A never-seen-before spectacular light show created by one of Ireland’s most pioneering creative production studios, Algorithm, has transformed Kildare Village near Dublin for the festive season.
Explore five immersive experiences during ‘Enchanted Lights’, including the magical ‘Lawn of Light’, where you can take control of 15 archways illuminated with 10,000 LED lights. There will also be an enchanting light spectacle projected onto the nearby thirteenth-century Grey Abbey.
The bespoke animations featuring Christmas-inspired colours, textures and patterns are free to visit and open from 4 pm every day until the end of January 2020.
Christmas-inspired window illustrations
Twinkling lights, festive installations and enticing wafts from cinnamon-scented pastries are just the start of the Christmas celebrations across The Bicester Village Shopping Collection. The magic of Christmas has also been brought to life in the boutique windows by a series of illustrations.
Don’t miss Gráinne Bath Enright’s Cotswold-inspired Christmas garden designs at Bicester Village, Julia Michel’s forest scenes at Ingolstadt Village, the animal motifs from Ilaria Faccioli and Elisa Macellari at Fidenza Village, and many more.
Magical lantern-lit parade at Bicester Village
Swooping owls and dancing figures will take over Bicester Village in the run up to Christmas with the Magical Night Garden parade, a unique display from the Liverpool Lantern Company. Catch the show from 16.30 on 5, 6, 13 and 20 December.
Joining the celebrations on Thursday 5 December, from 16.00 to 20.00, is Boulevard Brass, a unique high-energy brass ensemble, and Brass Volcanoes, London’s top New Orleans-style jazz band. Meanwhile there’ll be live music from Triple H Horns on 6, 13 and 19 December and from Acoustik Duo on 12 and 20 December.
Visit The Bicester Village Shopping Collection to see these for yourself.