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By Lara Kavanagh in London—
As the weather in London grows frosty and thoughts turn to frantic Christmas shopping, it’s a good time to escape the high street and pursue some Christmassy activities out in the increasingly fresh air.
Into the grounds
The best place to start is at the cozy onsite café, where you can purchase a hot drink to take with you down the winding path laid out in stunning gardens. Many elements of the grounds, from huge trees to shrubs, and even the waters of the lake, are dramatically illuminated in vibrant blues, pinks, greens and yellows, lending a fantastical air to the surrounding nature.
As you wonder through the breathtakingly altered landscape, there are plenty of surprises in store, including occasional audio excerpts, stand-alone light installations, and even the occasional tiny fairy dangling from a branch.
Furthermore, unlike other public attractions where you aren’t allowed to take any photos of your experience, here you’re encouraged to snap away at the various installations to your heart’s content. For just £5 entry for adults, and a mere £2 for children, the Enchanted Woodland is a Cheapo-friendly, family-friendly, Christmas-spirit-friendly event, and parking is free.
What to wear
You’ll need your winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves, and maybe an umbrella to be on the safe side, and although there are no hills to navigate, sturdy footwear is recommended for treading any uneven ground in the park.
Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park
November 19 to December 5, 2010
Open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Adults £5, children £2
For directions on how to get there, check out this page on the Syon Park’s Web site.