There’s nothing quite like a winter stroll amongst twinkling Christmas lights! Use our interactive map to find the Christmas Light Trails nearest you for 2023.
There’s nothing quite like wrapping up warmly and venturing out on a cold winter’s evening to enjoy the lights and sounds of a Christmas Light Trail.
The dazzling displays and festive music really get everyone into the Christmassy spirit, and it’s easy to justify that mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine when your fingers are chilly, and you’ve just enjoyed a good walk in the fresh cool air.
We’ve scoured the country from North to South, East to West, and pulled together a list of well over 100 Christmas Light Trails across the UK for 2023.
So check out our interactive map below to find the Light Displays nearest you and enjoy a magical festive evening with your family and friends.
Want to switch your Christmas Lights Trail walk for a Christmas Lights Train Ride? We’ve got all the details about the trains illuminating December nights across the UK.
Note: Please check organiser’s websites for latest details. Contact details below. We do not represent any of the light trails.
5 Top Tips for Visiting Light Trails
- Book early! Many venues require advance booking with popular dates selling out fast.
- Arrive in plenty of time. Add a little buffer to avoid parking stress and ensure you can reach the entrance by your allocated time.
- Wrap up warm with weatherproof footwear to navigate the wintry weather and muddy paths.
- Bring a torch, just in case. Glow-stick necklaces are a great option for children.
- Make sure your phone/camera battery is fully charged, or bring a booster pack, so you don’t miss that perfect insta-shot. (Remember batteries drain more quickly in chilly weather.)
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Find Your Nearest Christmas Lights Trail
Use our interactive map just below to explore more than 100 Christmas Light Displays across the UK for 2023. Find your nearest light trail and click the link for more details.
Or, if you prefer, search by area of the country from the list here.
Looking for Christmas Light Trails in London? We’ve gathered details of 4 Christmas Light Shows in and around the Capital for you to explore.
Canary Wharf Winter Lights
A FREE Christmas light festival in the heart of London! Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights festival, the largest of its kind in the Capital, brightens up dark winter evenings with 20+ dazzling installations. Featuring innovative light art and interactive creations from global artists, the spectacle includes new commissions and UK premieres, turning the area into a radiant wonderland.
Where: Canary Wharf, London, E14
Christmas at Eltham Palace
NEW FOR 2023! Experience a brand new interactive Christmas light trail at Eltham Palace in December 2023, with Kilimanjaro Live and English Heritage. Get ready for a colourful, playful, and unexpected journey in South East London. Discover enchanting light installations blending with nature, enjoy surprises, indulge in festive treats and cocktails, and capture perfect moments with loved ones. Line up includes the interactive ‘Halo’ installation which lights up and plays music in response to touch for a fabulous sensory experience!
Where: Eltham Palace, Court Yard, London SE9 5QE
Christmas at Kenwood
Celebrate Christmas at Kenwood with a new light trail, offering vibrant colours, interactive play, and festive spirit this December. Explore 13 new installations, with surprises at every turn and interactive elements. Savour holiday treats and cocktails while capturing special moments. Join family and friends for an enchanting Christmas with a modern twist. Creative Director Katherine Jewkes and light art pioneers Luminism promise an immersive experience, illuminating the historic Kenwood with a thrilling sensory journey through the trail.
Where: Kenwood House, Hampstead Ln, London NW3 7JR
Christmas at Kew
Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Kew Gardens as the famous magical winter trail lights up the evening skies for 2023. Celebrate the annual after-dark festivities with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. Journey through the mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, spot larger-than-life illuminations and say hello to Father Christmas along the way.
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE
South West England
Looking for Christmas Light Trails in Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire? We’ve gathered details of 27 Christmas Light Displays in South West England for you to explore.
Illuminate 2023 at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Experience a captivating outdoor winter lights display in Abbotsbury’s 18th-century Subtropical gardens. Colourful lights illuminate the gardens, creating a magical winter trail. Explore an extended route that showcases rare plants and trees in vibrant colours, highlighting their forms and textures. Dogs welcome too!
Where: Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA
Avon Valley Christmas Nights Light Trail
Enjoy the popular festive light trail at Avon Valley, illuminating the park’s lake and trees. This family-friendly event offers stunning light installations and play areas for all ages. Don’t miss the Elf Express miniature railway, a visit to the Grinch’s house, and an exploration of Dinosaur Valley with its animatronic creatures. It’s a magical Christmas experience for everyone.
Where: Pixash Lane, Bath Road,
Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP
Babbacombe Model Village Christmas Illuminations
There’s nothing mini about these model village evening illuminations! Enjoy some delightful miniature seasonal scenes as our little folk celebrate Christmas with lots of sparkle and festive lighting. A Christmas character spotter sheet will add some extra fun during daylight – will you be able to find miniature Santa?
Where: Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Ave, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LA
Bath City Centre Christmas Light Trail
This Christmas, Bath’s iconic streets and buildings shine with magical illuminations. The striking monument lighting was unveiled during the city’s Countdown to Christmas event with festive spirit galore. Bath’s city centre will sparkle with lights daily until the year’s end, spreading holiday cheer.
Where: Milsom Street, Bath, Avon, BA1 1DG
Christmas at the Palace (The Bishop’s Palace)
Wander through the magical gardens at The Bishop’s Palace, adorned with festive decorations and Christmas Illuminations. With special late night openings available for members and all, this is a unique experience to enjoy the holiday spirit amidst medieval surroundings!
Where: Off Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD
Christmas Tree Wonderland Bournemouth
Feel the wonder at Bournemouth’s FREE festive trail as Christmas Tree Wonderland returns to Bournemouth this year. With its multitude of festive-themed illuminations the centrepiece of this year’s trail will once again be the 60ft walk-through Bournemouth Wonderland Tree situated in the centre of the Lower Gardens (catch one of the half-hourly music-and-light shows for extra magic!).
Where: Lower Gardens, Bourne Ave, Bournemouth BH2 5DD
Cotswold Farm Park Enchanted Light Trail
Let the lights guide you on an enchanted stroll through the Farm Park after hours.
Feed the animals their last snacks before they settle down for the night and let the kids blow off steam in the Adventure Barn, before setting out on an illuminated evening stroll through the paddocks. Stop off for a warm by the firepit (and perhaps a cheeky toasted marshmallow!), before entering the gloriously transformed woodland, where the trail reaches its finale.
This is a family friendly display, where you can create magical memories for years to come.
Where: Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL
Christmas Zoo Nights at Dartmoor Zoo
Christmas Zoo Nights are back by popular demand! Make December merry this festive season with a magical journey to the Zoo and immerse yourself in a wild wonderland of light!
Where: Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkwell, Plymouth PL7 5DG
Christmas At The Eden Project
Don’t miss the magic of Christmas at Eden! Discover the twinkling Med Biome and fill up on festive cheer with a Big Band playing all your seasonal favourites. The glitter ball will make you feel like you’re in a Snow Globe! Wander round the enchanting Rainforest which will be awash in colourful lighting and marvel at the beautiful illuminated waterfall.
Where: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall PL24 2SG
Lanterns and Lights at the National Maritime Museum
Celebrate Christmas at the National Maritime Museum with a nautical twist. At Lanterns & Lights you’ll enjoy beautifully lit boats, a lantern display featuring real nautical lamps, Make & Take crafting sessions to create starry constellation-inspired lanterns, and a Museum Trail to find hidden constellations throughout the building. It’s a magical holiday experience with festive lights and a maritime touch.
Where: NMMC, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY
Frogmary Green Farm Winter Lights
Experience a cosy winter evening adorned with colourful lights at Frogmary Green Farm’s Winter Trail. Explore their beautifully decorated gardens and arboretum, taking a festive stroll. Bundle up for the December chill whilst you enjoy takeaway winter warmers, festive treats, and hot drinks from the Farm and Field Café.
Where: Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5DJ
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Illuminate at Hestercombe
Experience the enchantment of ‘ILLUMINATE’, a captivating journey of colour, light, and sound in our gardens. As night falls, the Landscape Garden comes alive with illuminated trees, spotlights, and vibrant paths leading to the Great Cascade, dynamic fountains in the Pear Pond, a ‘Christmas tree’ grove by the Formal Garden, and a dazzling finale at Hestercombe House. New water features and musical accompaniments will enhance the 2023 experience, promising a memorable family outing. Even four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy the magic.
Where: Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG
Heligan Night Garden
Where: Lost Gardens of Heligan, B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN
Longleat Festival of Light
Longleat invites you to revisit cherished childhood stories at The Festival of Light 2023’s Treasured Tales. The event showcases dazzling lantern scenes from classic tales like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Cinderella, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh, and more. These beloved stories come to life with life-size lanterns, enhancing the magic of the winter season.
The festive fun continues with Longleat’s famous 15-metre Enchanted Christmas Tree Show, much-loved Santa Train, and Winter Drive Through Safari.
Where: Longleat House, Warminster BA12 7NW
Mousehole Harbour Lights
FREE! Started in 1963 and run solely by volunteers, the Mousehole Harbour Lights are switched on each December, illuminating the village until early January.
Where: Mousehole Harbour, Mousehole, Penzance
Old Down Estate Festive Illuminations Trail
This dog-friendly Festive Illuminations Trail returns for 2023. A magical sensory experience as you explore the country park after dark! Follow the Starry Night trail around the estate and enjoy music, colour, light and interactive fun along the way. ‘Sensitive Sessions’ on Monday evenings too.
Where: Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol BS32 4PG
GloWild at Paignton Zoo
Ending their centenary year with a bang, Paignton Zoo’s GloWild is their biggest festive event yet! Immerse yourself in an enchanting world of light with interactive installations, entertainers, and a silent disco. The journey begins with a giant illuminated storybook, leading you through the zoo’s bright and colourful light installations. Experience lasers, fibre optics, kaleidoscope projectors, giant lit-up trees, tunnels, a magical wishing well, and playful illuminated creatures.
Where: Paignton Zoo, Totnes Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EU
Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival
Celebrating Poole’s rich nautical heritage and featuring a spectacular trail of maritime-themed lights, the FREE festive illuminations return to Poole’s historic town centre this Christmas season. Highlights include Christmas trees featuring maritime decorations, a bespoke tall ship, a giant anchor, an ‘under-the-sea’ walk-under light curtain, and a flotilla of lights on Poole Quay to dazzle and delight.
Where: Falkland Square, Poole, Dorset
Christmas at the Castle, Powderham
Join Powderham for Christmas at the Castle!
The spectacular light trail and show allows you to explore the castle grounds and buildings in a way you’ve never seen before… Each weekend, you can meet Father Christmas and his elves. For those who have made it on to the nice list this year there’s early gifts too! The Christmas Barn has been so filled with presents you’ll need to navigate through the maze to find the Christmas Tree and North Pole Post Box. Plus carols, crafts and so much more…
Where: Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, Devon EX6 8JQ
RHS Glow 2023 at Rosemoor
It’s time to Glow! See the garden sparkle this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail. Explore Rosemoor in a new light! The newly extended trail for 2023 boasts more dazzling displays and six lively soundscapes guiding you through the beautiful gardens, woodlands, and open spaces.
Where: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington EX38 8PH
Shipwreck Treasure Museum: Tunnel of Lights
Visit the Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Cornwall this Christmas, where it transforms into a magical festive wonderland. The dazzling Tunnel of Lights in Charlestown returns for its 5th year, offering fun for the whole family. Explore twinkling tunnels adorned with hundreds of thousands of luminous lights and enjoy festive treats. Santa will be there on selected dates, making it a perfect festive destination for everyone.
Where: Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ
Christmas at Stourhead
Experience the magic of Christmas at Stourhead’s illuminated trail, back for its fifth year in 2023. Explore the famous Wiltshire estate with friends and family, discovering sparkling tunnels, giant baubles, and colorful trees. Enjoy tasty treats from independent vendors like spiced winter warmers, hot chocolate, and toasted marshmallows as you complete your starlit adventure. And be sure to keep an eye out for Father Christmas!
Where: Stourhead, Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QF
Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light
Experience the castle’s enchanting after-dark event, now in its 8th year! Follow the new illuminated trail through the castle grounds, meeting The Wonderful Wizard of Oz characters. Immerse in romantic, magical sounds with 2023’s exciting additions. Encounter Dorothy, Toto, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch on their Emerald City journey. Explore captivating features like the Light Wave, Fire Flowers, columns of light, sparkling water features, and Harlequin trees, creating a mesmerising atmosphere with light beams, lanterns, and more.
Where: Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, GL54 5LP
Enchanted Gardens Light Trail Swindon
This December, Swindon’s Old Town Gardens will be transformed into a 1.5km light spectacular! The Enchanted Gardens Light Trail will bring the gardens to life with a number of illuminated features. State-of-the-art lighting effects will be installed throughout the Victorian Gardens, allowing visitors to wander through a magical backdrop of illuminated trees, discovering a trail of remarkable light art sculptures, low-level soundscapes, interactive illuminations and a specially commissioned light show set in the historic Bowl.
Where: Town Gardens, Westlecot Rd, Swindon SN1 4EU, UK
Bay of Lights Torquay
Explore the FREE Bay of Lights along Torquay seafront, a 1.5-mile illuminated trail with surprises. Walk through a synchronised light tunnel, discover 16 prisms in the ‘Banjo’ area, and find a 12-metre-high Christmas Tree with a spectacular sound and light show. Additional festive lighting decorates the town, harbourside, trees, sunken gardens, and even the pond in Abbey Park. Enjoy unexpected light installations, walkabout entertainment, and surprises on select nights.
Where: Torquay Seafront, Abbey Sands, Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 5HB
Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas
Step into the enchanting world of Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, where the festive magic unfolds in breathtaking illuminated displays. It’s a family-friendly adventure with captivating landscapes and beautifully lit trees, perfect for creating unforgettable memories. Come and experience the festive magic! If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Father Christmas himself!
There will be Christmas villages before and after the trail, where visitors can soak up the spirit of the season and pick up festive snacks and drinks. With the magical event sure to be a highlight of Gloucestershire’s Christmas calendar once again.
Where: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS
Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole Caves
Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit this Christmas. Established for over 15 years, it will have you feeling festive in the biggest underground cave light spectacular! Experience the magnificent caves illuminated with Christmas characters on your magical tour.
Where: Wookey Hole Caves, The Mill, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1BB
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South East England
Looking for Christmas Light Trails in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex or Kent? We’ve gathered details of 22 Christmas Light Displays in South East England for you to explore.
Christmas at Bedgebury
Experience the enchanting Christmas at Bedgebury in 2023, featuring a new illuminated tree trail. Perfect for friends and family, the event offers a glimpse of Father Christmas and stunning displays like softly-lit doves, neon structures, and sparkling tunnels. Explore the Pinetum with rainbow-colored lights and new additions like Liquid Sky. Enjoy seasonal snacks from the Bedgebury café and street food vendors as you take your starlit walk.
Where: Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SJ
Blenheim Palace Illuminated Trail
The most wonderful time of the year returns to Blenheim Palace as the lights twinkle and sparkle once again on one of the country’s most popular Illuminated Trails.
There’ll be heart-shaped arches glittering in the moonlight, tunnels of stars and an 8m sphere filled with over 20,000 moving LED lights. There’s even a chance to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.
If that’s not enough, the Palace itself will transform into a winter wonderland as a contemporary edition of Sleeping Beauty’s story comes to life within, whilst the Great Court outside plays host to a traditional Christmas Market.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP
Garth House Illuminated Christmas Trail
The festive lights trail returns to Garth Park for its third year. The park dazzles with sparkling festive lights, a Santa’s Grotto, and refreshments from Savoir Fare café. Guests can enjoy a festive light show at Garth House and explore the trail while Christmas music fills the air.
Where: The Garth, Launton Road, Bicester, OX26 6PS
Land of Lights, Milton Keynes
Gulliver’s World Resort in Warrington transforms into the Land of Lights from November 2023. Explore 12 dreamworlds inspired by animals, monuments, and seasons, featuring gigantic lanterns, mesmerizing light installations, and even ‘living’ dinosaurs in the jurassic zone, creating a vibrant and illuminated festival atmosphere.
Where: Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park, Frobisher Gate, Newlands, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DT
Winter Woodland Lights at the Hawk Conservancy Trust
Not strictly a Christmas lights trail but why not kickstart 2024 with a little magic at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Explore their beautifully illuminated grounds and enjoy a live owl display in a stunning and colorful woodland setting.
Where: Hawk Conservancy Trust, Visitor Centre, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY
Christmas at Hever Castle
Beautifully decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees celebrating Christmas.
Bring the children to meet Father Christmas, enjoy relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants.
As dusk falls, the gardens are magically illuminated with up-lighting and colour washes.
Where: Hever Castle, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG
Light Up Hillier Gardens
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are back, shining brighter with a magical light trail in 2023! Explore spellbinding lasers in the Himalayan Valley, a spectacular light show around the pond, and a mirrored world that will dazzle your senses. Don’t miss the chance to snap selfies with giant illuminated reindeer, snowdrops, and icicles in the shimmering Winter Wonderland.
Where: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA
Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle
Experience the enchanting Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle in 2023. Perfect for friends and family, it offers a glimpse of Father Christmas and stunning displays like sparkling chandeliers, a laser garden, twinkling mirrored hearts, and Feast of Light with immersive glowing strings. Create new traditions in this picture-perfect setting.
Where: Leeds Castle, Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL
Walk through the beautiful grounds of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens as they come to life with spellbinding illuminations, large scale projections, music and theatrical performances. Follow the trail as it meanders through the magnificent landscaped Grade I listed gardens.
Where: Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP
Glow Marwell’s magical Christmas lights experience returns, now with double the sparkle! Explore an enchanted nature trail adorned with new illuminations and immersive displays featuring over 500,000 colourful lights. Wander through a multicolored light tunnel, marvel at the towering Enchanted Tree with butterflies, stroll under colourful cloud projections, and meet new animals in the Glow Forest.
Enjoy favourites like the LED playground, light-up stepping stones, snow machines, and the magical Wishing Tree. Satisfy your cravings at Christmas food cabins with mulled wine and marshmallow toasting around fire pits.
Where: Marwell Wildlife, Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH
Christmas at Paultons
There’s a whole heap of festive fun to be had at Paultons Park. See Peppa Pig World decorated for Christmas, explore the Magical Illuminations around the Park and see and hear the Marvellous Musical Christmas Tree – with its own light show every 15 minutes. Plus lots more!
Where: Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL
Light Trail at The Old Shed
Explore The Old Shed’s longest illuminate Christmas Trail yet. With festive treats, live music and a whole lot of holiday spirit!
Where: The Old Shed, Banbury Hill Farm, Enstone Road, Charlbury, OX7 3JH
Quex Illuminations At Quex Adventure Farm Park
The perfect Twixmas entertainment! Once Santa’s headed back to the North Pole, The Elf Express woods open up for you to explore at leisure. Hang with the reindeer in the Elf Woods and catch the new projection mapping light show at the Round Tower. Grab some German sausages, mulled wine, or other festive drinks while you walk under the stars. Great family outing vibes!
Where: Quex Adventure Farm Park, Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, CT7 0BH
POLAR at Robin Hill
The festive story of POLAR continues this winter. Embark on a magical journey as Pippa the polar bear returns to Robin Hill for the next chapter in this heartwarming tale. Step into an enchanted world, featuring the beautifully illuminated ancient woodland, Walk of Wonder and spectacular illuminations.
Warm up beside the cosy fires found in the Ponds and indulge in delicious selection of festive food and drinks before hopping on-board the Big Red Express for a twinkling tractor journey through the trees in search of Father Christmas’s loose reindeer!
Where: Robin Hill, Downend Rd, Downend, Newport PO30 2NU
Enlightened at Staunton
Returning in 2023, with a new even more immersive trail. The grounds will be transformed into a magical illuminated light trail for visitors to enjoy with all the family. See mesmerising light installations and enchanting moments along a specially crafted route for our visitors this winter.
Where: Staunton Farm, Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB
Waddesdon Manor Winter Light Trail
The award-winning Christmas celebrations return to Waddesdon for 2023. Take a mesmerising light trail through the Aviary gardens with new installations, interactive elements, and seasonal favorites. Enjoy glowing orbs, starbursts, 3D birds, and giant shooting stars as music fills the air, making it a magical holiday adventure for all.
The Manor’s façade comes to life with animated projections to match the transformations inside inspired by classic British tales like Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Peter Pan.
Where: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
Glow Wild 2023 at Wakehurst
Glow Wild returns in 2023, celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new route, fresh installations, and surprises. As night falls, enchanting winter lanterns and captivating light creations by leading artists illuminate the gardens, providing a family-friendly sensory adventure at this iconic Sussex festive trail.
Where: Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN
Christmas at Walmer Castle
NEW FOR 2023! Christmas at Walmer Castle unveils a brand new, interactive light trail for 2023. Immerse yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer, with surprises around every corner in the grounds of this Tutor fortress turned country house. Enjoy festive food, warming cocktails, and perfect photo opportunities in this unique spectacle, creating an enchanting Christmas experience for family, friends, and loved ones with a contemporary twist.
Where: Walmer Castle, Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ
Neverland Illuminova at Wellington Country Park
Step into an illuminated kingdom at Wellington Country Park this winter and jjoin Hope on an imaginative journey into Neverland. Walk through poetic paths and embark on the enchanting adventure of Neverland Illuminova—an illuminated night trail that never grows old. Explore the awakened woodlands and extended trail for 2023 with friends and family in a magical quest that offers something for everyone.
Where: Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 1SP
The Christmas Illuminated Garden Adventure at West Green House
This Christmas, West Green House Gardens again present their hugely popular light spectacular. Witness new giant fountains dancing to music and follow a mile-long trail around the illuminated lake, narrating the tale of Alice in Wonderland through stunning installations by guest designers. The Five Bridges transform into light tunnels with creatures below, and the Paradise Garden becomes the flamingo’s croquet lawn.
Where: West Green House Garden, Thackham’s Ln, West Green, Hook RG27 8JB
Windsor Great Park Illuminated
Back for its third year, the royal park will once again be awash with dazzling light installations that meander through woodland, by field and pond to take visitors through a dreamlike laser-scape.
Featuring exciting new installations and beloved favourites in Windsor Great Park, this dazzling light trail includes breathtaking projections, flood-lit fountains, and a wondrous adventure through colourful woodland. Mythical creatures and dancing fairies light the way, while cosy rest spots offer mouth-watering food, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and marshmallow toasting by firepits. It’s a magical holiday experience in the stunning surroundings of Windsor Great Park.
Where: The Savill Garden, Wick Ln, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ
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Glow 2023 at Wisley
It’s time to Glow! See the garden sparkle this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail. Wander the enchanting trail around the garden to see some of Wisley’s iconic sights in a new and dazzling light. Venture through Seven Acres, the Rock Garden and Wisteria Walk, as well as other garden areas, and marvel at magnificent trees and shrubs bathed in a spectrum of light.
Where: RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Wisley, GU23 6QB
East of England
Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk or Norfolk? We’ve gathered details of 16 Christmas Light Displays in the East of England for you to explore.
Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey
Nature by Night. Nature by Light. Celebrate more than 10 years of Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey with a magical night time stroll through gardens illuminated by fairy lanterns and sparkling light shows.
Where: Anglesey Abbey, Quy Rd, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EJ
Ashridge House Enchanted Woodland Walk
It’s the most magical time of the year, and the private grounds at Ashridge House will once again be illuminated for Christmas. As the light falls, see the magical light installations bring the sparkling gardens and grounds to life; enter The Enchanted Woodland Walk via the Italian Gardens entrance and follow the trail to our illuminated wonderland.
Where: Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, HP4 1NS
Enlightened at Barleylands Farm Park
Returning for its second year, the Enlightened Christmas Lights Trail is set to brighten the skies and hearts of visitors to Barleylands Farm Park this winter. The grounds will be transformed into a magical illuminated light trail for visitors to enjoy with all the family. See mesmerising light installations and enchanting moments along a specially crafted route this winter.
Where: Barleylands Farm Park, Barleylands Rd, Billericay CM11 2UD
BeWILDerwood Norfolk Presents Christmas
A brand new sparkly light trail and panto rolled into one! Head off in search of snowmen, Christmas crackers, and more on the BeWILDerwood Christmas light trail. Then join a 10 minute mini panto for even more festive fun! Family-friendly entertainment full of holiday spirit!
Where: BeWILDerwood Norfolk, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8JW
Wild Winter After Dark at Blickling
Blickling’s Christmas Light Trail returns for 2023. Begin your evening by exploring the magically lit walled garden, then wander through the colorful and illuminated garden. Listen for the sounds of nature, enjoy the tree scents in the lit Arboretum, and keep an eye out for animal tracks and footprints on your way to the festive Farmyard. Warm up with mulled wine and a mince pie as you soak up the magical atmosphere at night.
Where: Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norwich NR11 6NF
Enlightened at Colchester Castle Park
Following a magical first year, Enlightened returns to Colchester Castle Park this winter. The grounds will be transformed into a magical illuminated light trail for visitors to enjoy with all the family. See mesmerising light installations and enchanting moments along a specially crafted route for our visitors this winter.
Where: Colchester Castle Park, High St, Colchester CO1 1UG
Enchanted Trail of Light at Colchester Zoo
There’s magic in the air at Colchester Zoo this winter! The enchanting light trail features illuminations, dancing fountains, and magical fairies to explore as well as seasonal food and drinks to keep you warm!
Where: Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Stanway, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL
Helmingham Hall Illuminated Garden Trail
Embrace the winter nights in a magical world of light, color, and sound at Helmingham Hall’s enchanting light display. Wander through the gardens adorned with thousands of lights, turning them into a winter wonderland. Cross Helmingham’s famous drawbridge, a tradition since 1510, and enjoy complimentary mulled wine in the historic courtyard. Explore the gardens, savor the sights and sounds, and toast marshmallows around the fire pits.
Where: Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF
Glow 2023 at Hyde Hall
Enjoy a magical family evening at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, where illuminations guide you along the enchanting Glow trail. Explore well-loved garden areas lit up against the night sky, including new highlights for 2023. Wander onto the Hilltop to admire a fountain on the top pond, discover a carpet of colour in the Dry Gardn, and stroll through the Winter Garden with living willow sculptures, offering a dazzling experience for all!
Where: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Ln, Chelmsford CM3 8RA
Enlightened at Hylands Estate
Enlightened returns to Hylands Estate with more stunning lighting installations for 2023. The grounds will be transformed into a magical illuminated light trail for visitors to enjoy with all the family. Discover mesmerising displays and enchanting moments along a specially crafted route this winter.
Where: Hylands Estate, Greenbury Way, Chelmsford, CM2 8FS
Nestled deep within His Majesty’s private Estate, awaits a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, take an enchanting journey, weaving a captivating light trail through the Country Park at Sandringham. Immerse yourself in a mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
Where: Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EH
Shuttleworth In Lights
Share an after-dark adventure with your friends and family at Shuttleworth in Lights – A Festive Special. The trail includes a bevvy of wonderful Christmas and festive elements to find along your walk as you discover an enchanting world of light and colour. Start the adventure at the 199-year old Swiss Garden before warming up at the Runway Cafe. Then head to the World Famous Shuttleworth Collection Hangars for 100+ years of aviation history, sprinkled with Christmas fairy dust!
Where: Shuttleworth, Alder Dr, Biggleswade SG18 9DT
Take a journey of light and sound in the historic gardens at Stockwood Discovery Centre. Throughout the seasonal period you can explore Stockwood in a new light. Weave your way on a self-guided trail through the illuminated pathways, set against the backdrop of the lush greenery.
Where: Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Rd, Luton LU1 4LX
Thursford’s Enchanted Journey Of Light
Explore Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light in 2023, featuring new displays and lanterns. Begin your magical journey in the Fantasyland Building, where you’ll encounter penguins, polar bears, giant teddy bears, and Santa’s busy elves. Watch as they load Santa’s sleigh and craft toys in the toy factory. Along the way, meet fantasy characters like the snowman family and watch out for their snowballs. Venture outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza, where you’ll marvel at luminous sculptures, from underwater wonders to North Pole wildlife, and don’t forget the mischievous mushroom gnomes!
Where: Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0AS
Christmas at Wimpole
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at Wimpole Estate. And what’s more there’s new light installations and a brand new trail too. Be enchanted by giant feathers soaring above, immerse yourself in a sea of lights stretching into the distance, walk through a dazzling tunnel of illumination, and admire contemporary Christmas trees in a vibrant array of rainbow colours. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.
Where: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW
Christmas at Wrest Park
NEW FOR 2023! Set within the grounds of historic Wrest Park 18th century mansion in Bedfordshire, a brand new interactive light trail for 2023! The house will be gently lit as installations take visitors through the Italian, American, and English gardens as well as the Chinese Pavilion and Orangery. Interactive light display ‘Continuum’ promises 25 mirrored monoliths creating a maze of reflection and light to explore.
Where: Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
Christmas Ice Skating
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Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire or Birmingham? We’ve gathered details of 8 Christmas Light Displays in the West Midlands for you to explore.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Winter Light Trail
A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, take an enchanting journey along a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic grounds of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising almost mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
Where: The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR
Experience a captivating illuminated trail through Coombe Abbey’s historic grounds. Wander along this mesmerising mile-long path filled with stunning lighting elements, light play, and ambient music, immersing yourself in a sensory delight after dark.
Where: Coombe Abbey, Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB
Christmas at Trentham
This December, as night falls on Trentham the historic lakeside setting will once again host Christmas at Trentham.
This year sees the arrival of a NEW ice sculpture trail amongst the market stalls and fayre ground rides of the Trentham Christmas Festival.
Where: Trentham Gardens, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG
Shugborough Estate Winter Light Trail
A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, join an enchanting journey, weaving a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic grounds of Shugborough Estate. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
Where: Shugborough Estate, Milford, Great Haywood, Stafford ST17 0UP
Christmas At Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle’s festive Light Trail returns with impressive new installations and thousands of shimmering lights. Park of the host of festive entertainment on offer, explore the beautifully illuminated gardens, adorned with twinkling trees and captivating projections. This magical experience, set in such historic grounds, is perfect for all ages, offering a different perspective of the castle and its grounds as the winter sun sets and the night sky comes alive with lights and enchantment.
Where: Warwick Castle, Castle Ln, Warwick CV34 4QU
The Enchanted Garden at Webbs
Fly away to Neverland at this year’s Enchanted Gardens winter light trail at Webbs, Wychbold. Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world, as you make your way through twinkling lights and lanterns to the land of mermaids and pirates!
Where: Riverside Gardens at Webbs Wychbold, Worcester Rd, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0DG
Winter Glow Illuminated Light Trail
Prepare to be transported to a magical wonderland, full of festive fun and adventure! Explore the Illuminated Light Trail and its brand-new immersive theme – ‘The Golden Snowflake.’
Winter Glow presents a magical Christmas light show featuring bespoke structures and illuminations. Follow Jingle’s journey to the North Pole as he seeks to bring back the Golden Snowflake, creating a captivating nighttime experience.
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW
Wolverhampton Winter Light Trail
Explore the enchanting West Park gardens at night with mesmerising light displays and ambient music. A timeless experience for all ages to enjoy!
Where: West Park, Park Road West, Wolverhampton. WV1 4PH
Over 100 Christmas Train Rides
Find your nearest Christmas train ride and enjoy a magical December evening aboard a Santa Special Steam Train!
Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire? We’ve gathered details of 7 Christmas Lights Displays in the East Midlands for you to explore.
Enlightened at Abbey Park Leicester
Twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will transform Leicester City’s Abbey Park this Christmas. Create magical memories with family and friends as you admire the illuminations and get into the holiday spirit!
Where: Abbey Park, Abbey Park Rd, Leicester LE4 5AQ
Christmas at Belton
Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will transform the gardens at Belton this year’s Christmas lights trail. With new installations for 2023, discover oversized flowers, a joyful group of sparkling robins, and stroll among vibrant rainbow-coloured trees.
Where: Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LW
Christmas in the Garden at Chatsworth
Enjoy an illuminated walk around the garden with atmospheric lighting bringing a festive sparkle to your visit to Chatsworth. Let the lights guide your way past the Emperor Fountain, around the Ring Pond and into the Rock Garden, before enjoying the Cascade lit by hundreds of glowing lights.
Where: Chatsworth House, Bakewell DE45 1PP
Winter Light Trail Delapré Abbey
Step into a breathtaking, illuminated woodland trail this Christmas! Enjoy some together time with family and friends as you discover an array of magical light installations throughout the stunning woodland, walled garden and grounds of Delapré Abbey.
Where: Delapré Abbey, London Rd, Northampton NN4 8AW
Lincoln Castle Illuminated
Lincoln Castle Illuminated will offer families and friends some much needed festive sparkle with the return of this beautiful and special Christmas experience. Walk through displays of Christmas lights and Christmas tree lined pathways. Take in the spectacular sites from up high, by upgrading and purchasing an Illuminated Wall Walk ticket. You can even bring your furry companion if you book for one of the Dog Friendly evenings.
Where: Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA
A Yuletide Tale at Whatton
Part interactive show, part festive challenge and part light trail, a Yuletide Tale at Whatton House has something for everyone.
Join the mischievous Lord of Misrule and discover his midwinter adventure in this 30min interactive trail.
Where: Whatton House, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5BG
Christmas at Wollaton
Christmas at Wollaton returns with a fresh light trail for 2023, offering an immersive experience filled with seasonal sparkle and cheer. With over ten new installations, expect the unexpected as you explore Wollaton’s grounds. Enjoy surprises, delicious festive food, warming cocktails, and picture-perfect moments for a captivating and unique Christmas celebration with loved ones, blending classic traditions with a contemporary twist.
Where: Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
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Yorkshire & The Humber
Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or York? We’ve gathered details of 8 Christmas Light Displays in Yorkshire & The Humber for you to explore.
Glow 2023 at Harlow Carr
It’s time to Glow! See the garden sparkle this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail. Enjoy a magical adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, discovering spectacular light displays along your way. See iconic features such as Streamside, the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns and Kitchen Garden glow with dazzling colours. And new for 2023, cross Thaliana Bridge in a rainbow of lights to see if you can find the illuminated Logness monster.
Where: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
Winter Light Trail in Hull
Brand new for 2023! A new enchanting light trai is coming to Hull, featuring captivating light installations. Plus there’ll be local food vendors, bar and kids funfair rides too.
Where: East Park, Holderness Rd, Hull HU8 8JU
Lightwater Valley Alice in Wonderland Christmas Lights Trail
Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland.
Illuminated by a trail of magical giant light sculptures, this Christmas, Lightwater Valley will be home to Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Humpty Dumpty and many more of those Lewis Carroll’s childhood characters we all know and love.
This immersive experience is perfect festive fun for all the family, whatever your age. From a life-size chessboard with an Alice pawn to the iconic Mad Hatter’s tea party, there’s ways to get involved throughout the experience.
Hundreds of magical lanterns will illustrate stories from Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. Watch the Mad Hatter prepare for his crazy tea party, marvel at a four-metre tall Alice lantern and come face to face with the infamous Queen herself.
Where: Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT
Lotherton’s Christmas Experience
Steeped in traditional Christmas magic, Lotherton’s The Christmas Experience is back for 2023. Meet Santa and his elves, visit Mrs Claus in the house, wander around the interactive woodland walk in serach of fairies in their Fairy Dell, and decorate Christmas ceramics in the North Pole.
Where: Lotherton Hall, Lotherton Ln, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
Christmas At Mother Shipton’s
Santa is flying to Mother Shipton’s to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical, memory-making Christmas experience. Wander through the gorgeous winter woodland to see the enchanted Christmas Village, festooned with festive delights and merry displays to marvel at along the way.
Where: Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
Sewerby Winter Woodland
The hugely popular Sewerby Winter Woodland is returning! An all new spectacular display of lights, sounds and special effects will bring the grounds to life for a great evening out this festive season.
Where: Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED
Stockeld Park Winter Illuminations
Experience one of the country’s largest and most creative light displays set in the grounds of the historic Stockeld Park Estate. Dazzling light effects, a captivating soundscape and animated installations come together through almost a mile of beautiful, ancient woodland.
As dusk falls, see the park come to life with thousands of twinkling lights creating a magical winter wonderland. An enchanting experience for all ages, that has to be seen to appreciate its true beauty and magic! Don’t forget to investigate the magical Snowflake Maze!
Where: Stockeld Park, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
Christmas at Temple Newsam
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath the trees illuminated in Christmas colours. For a moment of reflection, pause at mesmerising, flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and glimpse Father Christmas along the way!
Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE
North West England
Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside or Manchester? We’ve gathered details of 14 Christmas Light Displays in North West England for you to explore.
BeWILDerwood Cheshire Presents Christmas
A sparkly light trail and panto rolled into one! Head off in search of snowmen, Christmas crackers, Christmas puddings and more on the BeWILDerwood Christmas light trail. Then join a 15 minute mini panto for even more festive fun! Family-friendly entertainment full of holiday spirit!
Where: BeWILDerwood Cheshire, Bickley Moss, Whitchurch, Cheshire, SY13 4JF
Christmas at Bolesworth
As night falls, the dog-friendly Christmas Lights Trail transforms Bolesworth into a stunning winter wonderland, illuminating the historic grounds with thousands of lights, projections, and interactive displays. It’s a magical experience for all ages.
Where: Bolesworth Castle, Bolesworth Rd, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ
Glow 2023 at Bridgewater
Explore the mystical world of RHS Garden Bridgewater with a magical light display. Walk through yew domes adorned with fairy lights, pass under illuminated archways in the Kitchen Garden, and dance on the rainbow dancefloor at Garden Cottage to your chosen Manchester anthems. Don’t forget to catch the mesmerising halo light show by Jago Juggling Arts, perfect for the whole family. Wander through the garden to admire illuminated trees and shrubs, and bask in the enchanting glow of the Chinese Streamside Garden.
Where: RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road, Off Leigh Road, Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M28 2LJ
Lanterns & Light At Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo’s ever-popular Christmas light trail has had a freshen up for 2023! New light installations showcase the zoo’s residents in whilst colour changing displays will stretch seemingly to infinity. Join in as the zoo is transformed into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of cheer!
Where: Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU
Christmas At Delamere Forest
An enchanting after-dark illuminated trail through a festive forest. With over a million lights and seasonal sounds, Christmas at Delamere Forest will bring bundles of festive cheer to the forest. Look forward to a magical time together with your loved ones as you discover glittering tunnels of light, trees drenched in jewel-like colour and wander beneath larger-than-life illuminations.
Where: Delamere Forest Car Park, Delamere, Northwich CW8 2JE
Christmas at Dunham Massey
The gardens will shimmer with a million twinkling lights once again as Christmas at Dunham Massey returns for 2023. Enjoy time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light and dancing lakeside reflections, then walk amongst colour-changing batons of light, passed tunnels of stars and beneath larger-than-life flowers that hang overhead.
Where: Dunham Massey Hall, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ
Christmas at Heaton Park
NEW FOR 2023!
From Sony Music/Raymond Gubbay Ltd (creators of Christmas at Dunham Massey & Christmas at Kew) a brand new light trail for 2023! In the heart of the famous Manchester park, the trail promises colour-changing globes of light stretching out into the distance, larger-than-life flowers and neon strings that reach high into the sky.
Where: Heaton Park, Middleton Rd, Manchester M25 2SW
Enchanted: Knowsley Safari Christmas Lights
As the sun sets, the Foot Safari comes alive with music and an exciting Enchanted Christmas lights trail. This nighttime adventure at Knowsley Safari includes the enchanted forest Christmas lights, animal light trail, and toasted marshmallows for perfect festive fun. You and your family can get into the festive spirit with a range of festive food, tasty treats and a joyous atmosphere. And rides stay open for young thrill-seekers too!
Where: Knowsley Safari, Prescot, L34 4AN
Christmas at The Magical Woodland
Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit with never-before-seen light features in 15 acres of gorgeous Cheshire woodland. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus as you enter a world of festive magic. Enjoy cathedral canopies of fairy lights, interactive features, laser tunnels, floating umbrellas, and flying lanterns. Explore your favourite areas at your leisure with unlimited opportunities to enjoy the enchantment.
Where: Cheshire Outdoors, Blakemere Village, Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2EB
The Twilight Trail at Mayfield Park
NEW FOR 2023!
An enchanting immersive winter light show is set to launch at Mayfield Park this year. Festive fun for the whole family!
Where: Boardman Gate Entrance, Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PY
Royal Albert Dock Light Trail
Royal Albert Dock’s FREE Christmas Light Trail is set to brighten the winter evenings once more. Download the map and playlist and set off with your family and friends to explore the nautically themed installations, complete with a yellow submarine of course!
Where: Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool.
Yuletide at Tatton Park
Make a new family tradition with a brand new winter garden adventure at Tatton Park. Enter a world of winter myths and stories brought to life by illuminated trails, shapeshifting snow hares, and captivating folklore characters. Engage in Yuletide festivities with music, storytelling, performances, and food. Roast marshmallows around a campfire, savor enchanted tales of Festive Folklore, and enjoy live music and fire performances before embarking on the Glittering illuminated Trail.
Where: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Luminate Cheshire at Walton Gardens
A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, join an enchanting journey weaving a captivating light trail through the stunning, grounds of Walton Gardens. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
Where: Walton Hall and Gardens, Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN
Land of Lights, Warrington
Gulliver’s World Resort in Warrington transforms into the Land of Lights from November 2023. Explore 12 dreamworlds inspired by animals, monuments, and seasons, featuring gigantic lanterns, mesmerizing light installations, and even ‘living’ dinosaurs in the jurassic zone, creating a vibrant and illuminated festival atmosphere.
Where: Gulliver’s World Resort, Warrington, WA5 9YZ
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North East England
Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Durham, Teesside, Tyne & Wear or Northumberland? We’ve gathered details of 6 Christmas Light Displays in North East England for you to explore.
The Alnwick Garden Christmas Light Trail
See the Alnwick Garden come to life like you have never seen it before with fantastic sound and light at this after dark spectacular! Fun for all the family and filling your hearts with festive spirit.
Where: The Alnwick Garden Greenwell Road Alnwick Northumberland NE66 1HB
Aglow at Auckland Castle
NEW FOR 2023! Auckland Castle presents AGLOW, a sparkling new Christmas light trail in Bishop Auckland County Durham promising incredible illuminations and some of the country’s largest light installations, making it a must-see family experience.
Where: Auckland Castle, Market Pl, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NR
Beamish Hall’s Forest of Light
Beamish Hall’s enchanting forest transforms at night into “A Forest of Light.” This illuminated experience in ancient woodland features unique illuminations, music, interactive props, and dazzling projections, creating a captivating and one-of-a-kind magical woodland adventure.
Where: Beamish Hall Hotel, Beamish, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0YB
Northern Lights Newcastle
BRAND NEW FOR 2023! ‘Northern Lights Newcastle’ is coming to Leazes Park this Christmas. The all-new immersive light trail promises stunning visuals, original audio compositions, and dynamic choreography in a 90-minute magical journey for the family. The mile-long route will transform the park into a festive wonderland, complete with a Christmas Village offering delicious food and drinks from local artisans.
Where: Leazes Park, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4BJ
Enchanting Christmas Trail at Raby
Embark on a captivating journey through The Plotters’ Forest during the holiday season. Immerse yourself in the magic of Raby Castle’s Enchanted Christmas Trail, illuminated with twinkling lights and festive music. As night falls, the trail comes to life, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere under the darkened sky.
Where: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AF
Nightfall at Stewart Park
Nightfall returns to Stewart Park for 2023 with a brand new theme: ‘Play Among The Stars’!
A magical adventure under the Middlesbrough night sky. Explore a galaxy playground filled with playful stars, and enjoy a cosmic event for the whole family as you discover the untold story of these twinkling wonders. A family friendly light art trail of beautiful art works, music, performance, storytelling and magical moments.
Where: Stewart Park, The Grove, Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough TS7 8AR
We’ve gathered details of 4 Christmas Light Trails in Wales in 2023 for you to explore.
Christmas at Bute Park
Christmas at Bute Park returns to Cardiff for another winter of wonder! The award winning light trail returns to iconic Bute Park for December 2023, with a host of jaw-dropping NEW installations and extended route in tow! Immerse yourself in magic this festive season with an unforgettable light trail for you and the whole family to enjoy.
Where: Bute Park, North Road, Cardiff, CF10 3ER
National Botanic Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail
The National Botanic Garden of Wales presents its winter illuminated trail, a mesmerising mile-long walk through stunning gardens and grounds, featuring captivating lighting elements, interactive light displays, and ambient music—a timeless experience for all ages.
Where: The Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN
Margam Park Luminate Wales
Following another hugely successful season last year, Luminate Wales returns to Margam Country Park and Castle for Winter 2023. Join the magical journey of light through the stunning, historic gardens of Margam Country Park and Castle. This wonderful mile-long illuminated interactive walk encapsulates highlights from previous years along with stunning new elements, added to re-amaze you for 2023.
Where: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ
Enchanted Lakeside Lighting Trail at Reindeer Lodge
Wow, this really does tick all the boxes for something completely different – a drive-thru Christmas light trail with real reindeer!!!
Situated in the heart of Flintshire, North West Wales, just half an hour from Chester, indulge your imagination with an enchanted winter adventure at the Reindeer Lodge. Enjoy an enchanted drive-through experience that’s not to be missed, with an illuminated lakeside and enchanted woodland lighting trail, watching gorgeous reindeer herds in their paddocks and stables. And discover the hidden Elf Village with a visit to see Father Christmas in his Toy Workshop, all from the warmth of your car, complete with gift for every child.
Where: Reindeer Lodge, Black Meadows Farm, Leeswood, Mold, CH7 4SQ
We’ve gathered details of 7 Christmas Light Trails in Scotland in 2023 for you to explore.
Beecraigs Festive Forest
A spectacular, atmospheric and magical family festive experience set in the beauty of Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow. Take a spectacular 1.8km walk through the beautiful atmospheric Beecraigs country park woodland. Packed with stunning visuals and audio sound effects, the Festive Forest installations have been created by one of the UK’s leading production companies and houses the longest light tunnel in Scotland, along with many other surprises along the route.
Where: Beecraigs Country Park, Linlithgow EH49 6PL
Christmas at the Botanics
Experience Christmas at the Botanics in Scotland, a must-see festive event offering new dazzling light displays for 2023. Explore a botanical wonderland with giant seed heads, luminous crocus, colorful pampas, sparkling tunnels, and vibrant Inverleith House projections—all perfect for creating lasting memories with loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to meet Father Christmas on this enchanting journey.
Where: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Dalkeith Country Park Spectacle of Light
This year at Spectacle of Light, the pirates are taking over Fort Douglas! The after-dark family experience is inspired by Treasure Island. Your little adventurers can run, climb, slide and swashbuckle through Fort Douglas as they search for treasure. The whole family can enjoy interacting with a cast of characters reminiscent of this childhood classic story.
Where: Dalkeith Country Park, Via King’s Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST
Edinburgh Castle’s Castle of Light
Castle of Light returns for another year, with lights, colour, and music creating unmissable moments this festive season. See the castle like never before as an after-dark illuminated trail lights up the city’s iconic landmark. Brand new projections and lighting installations create a path as you walk around the castle grounds and take a journey through the stories of ‘Magic and Mystery’.
Where: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Five Sisters Zoo Illuminations
The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down, Five Sisters Zoo will once again illuminate the zoo for another year. And the Illuminations will be BIGGER, brighter, and better than ever before. What’s more, there’s a chance to meet Santa in his grotto too!
Where: Five Sisters Zoo, Gavieside, West Calder EH55 8PT
NEW FOR 2023! Experience a magical illuminated journey at Monteviot House’s gardens. Wander through a 1.5km lit trail, with creative lighting and enchanting soundscapes. Discover dazzling light displays, shimmering ponds, and enjoy local food and drink.
Where: Monteviot Lights, Harestanes Visitor Centre, Ancrum, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, TD8 6UQ
Rough Castle Christmas Experience
Wander the 1.4km illumination trail and use your festive magic and cheer to be transported into a woodland world of light & illumination. A fun Christmas activity for the whole family!
Where: Rough Castle, Falkirk FK1 4RR
Other Light Trails In Scotland
There are plenty of other fabulous light trails on offer in Scotland, to be enjoyed at other times of year. Here’s a few for you to explore:
We’ve gathered details of the Christmas Light Trails in Northern Ireland in 2023 for you to explore.
Antrim Castle Gardens’ Enchanted Winter Garden
Enchanted Winter Garden, is returning to the award -winning Antrim Castle Gardens. The gardens will become a place of enchantment for families and friends to enjoy the magic of Christmas. Dazzling illuminations, the marshmallow fire pit, artisan food stalls, walkabout characters and star attractions, including the Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and The Wonderland Wood, all making a welcome return.
Where: Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Rd, Antrim BT41 4LH
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