The ‘Northern Lights’ will appear over the city of London – with these spectacular lights

The ‘Northern Lights’ will appear over the city of London – with these spectacular lights

Dan Acher’s dazzling light display is something to behold. Photo: Doug Southall

A spectacular show that mimics the changing colors and shapes of the Northern Lights will illuminate the skies over the City of London in December.

‘Borealis’ will be shown at Guildhall Yard in the City of London from 11-22. December – and is free to watch (even if you have to book tickets).

the 'northern lights' glow green over the greenwich
Your alternative is to travel to the Outer Hebrides and keep your fingers crossed. Photo: Helen Boast

The dazzling installation uses light rays that travel through particle clouds to create the illusion that northern Light is directly overhead. (If you wanted to see them in the flesh, you should at least travel to Scotland.)

Borealis is the work of Dan Acher, who earlier this year staged a Northern Lights show as part of London’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. (It was quite fascinating, as you can see in the pictures in this article.)

greenwich eerily lit by the false northern lights.  a couple in silhouette walk past the naval college
Borealis already impressed people in Greenwich earlier in 2021. Photo: Karin Tearle

The light show is part of the winter light season, announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Other attractions include Anya Hindmarch’s Ever After Garden (which opens December 1) and a free Canary Wharf Winter Lights show starting in January.

All of the above should to some extent ease the disappointing news that there will be no public New Year’s fireworks in central London again this year.

Borealis, Guildhall Yard, free, book in advance, 11-22. December (daily 17.30-22.00. Last access 21.30).

Last updated November 17, 2021

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