The best winter light festivals across the UK

Switch on the Christmas spirit at one of these illuminated spectacles taking place up and down the country this season

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières returns for 2016 amid tight security

With an increased security presence, the city’s annual festival of lights has been opened by France’s new prime minister, a year after it was cancelled following the Paris attacks

Blackpool Illuminations gets arty with new LightPool festival

Yoko Ono is among the artists taking part in Blackpool’s festival of lights, a showcase of 30 installations, sculptures and performances across town

Quito in colour: illuminated churches in the festival of light – in pictures

The festival of light in Ecuador’s capital took place during the UN’s Habitat III conference this week, illuminating historic buildings in Quito’s centre

Lumiere London transforms the city into a cathedral of light – in pictures

Artworks at 30 different locations include a goldfish in a Grosvenor Square phone-box, a 3D elephant’s behind on Regent Street and the front of Westminster Abbey, ‘painted’ in technicolour