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Christmas Light Trails are more popular than ever this year as we enjoy festivities outside with (hopefully!) less risk of covid-disruption!  Use our interactive map to find the Christmas Lights near you.

Blenheim Palace illuminated in pink for Christmas Lights Trail

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 2022.  

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 right here.

Note: Information last updated June 2022.  Please check organiser’s websites for latest details.  Contact details below. We are not affiliated with the light trails in any way. 

5 Top Tips for Visiting Light Trails

  1. Book early! Many venues require advance booking with popular dates selling out fast.
  2. Arrive in plenty of time. Add a little buffer to avoid parking stress and ensure you can reach the entrance by your allocated time.
  3. Wrap up warm with weatherproof footwear to navigate the wintry weather and muddy paths.
  4. Bring a torch, just in case. Glow-stick necklaces are a great option for children.
  5. 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.)

Find Your Nearest Christmas Lights Trail

Use our interactive map just below to explore more than 100 Christmas Light Displays across the UK for 2022.  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.

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Greater London

Looking for Christmas Light Trails in London?  We’ve gathered details of 6 Christmas Light Shows in and around the Capital for you to explore.

Enchanted Eltham Palace

Gather your friends and family to banish the dark winter nights and experience the past in a spectacular new light this December. Explore the grounds and gardens to discover a magical world of illumination, sound and colour, and see the outside of the Great Hall bathed in light.

Warm up with a glass of mulled wine, toast a marshmallow under the night sky or hop on a traditional fairground ride. The shop will be open for you to stock up on a range of Christmas gifts, from traditional toys to award-winning food and drink.

Where: Eltham Palace, Court Yard, London SE9 5QE

More: For further information about this London Christmas Light Display, click here.

Enchanted Eltham Palace

Palace of Stardust At Hampton Court Palace

Taking inspiration from the palace’s astronomical clock, Hampton Court Palace invites you to experience its enchanting Christmas light trail.

The trail will wind its way through the formal gardens with glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections and a fantastical wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials.

Seasonal refreshments will be available to purchase and the popular Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink makes a welcome return.

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

More: For further information about this London Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Kenwood

This December, as night falls on Hampstead Heath, the iconic grounds of Kenwood will once again host Christmas at Kenwood.

Nestled amongst the natural flora and fauna of the world-famous Heath, this sensational light trail will captivate visitors of all ages. Awe inspiring illuminations and installations will bring the night to life as they thrill the senses, transporting you to an enchanting world of light and colour.

With plenty of surprises around every corner, festive food, warming cocktails, picture perfect moments and a host of brand-new sights and sounds, this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist is the place to be this Christmas.

Where: Kenwood House, Hampstead Ln, London NW3 7JR

More: For further information about this London Christmas Light Show, click here.

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 2022.

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

More: For further information about this London Light Trail, click here.

Lightopia Festival London

The award-winning Lightopia London promises to bring the history of Crystal Palace Park to life, with a fantastic Christmas light walk, creating a winter wonderland of illumination.

See the Palace reborn in light, alongside incredible installations and routes at central London’s largest Christmas light display.

Where: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Rd, London SE19 2GA

More: For further information about this London Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Wembley Park Winterfest

A FREE Winter Lights Festival in the heart of London! Enjoy returning favourites in amongst brand-new commissions and new art installations. And of course the family-friendly Christmas lights trail shopstopper – the 25m LED Christmas tree – will be back too.

Made up of 100,000 mesmerising lights, the walk-through tree is dressed with brand-new digital artwork ‘City Lights’, commissioned by Brent artist Yoni Alter.

Where: Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0FA

More: For further information about this FREE London Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Wembley Winterfest

South West England

Looking for Christmas Light Trails in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire?  We’ve gathered details of 24 Christmas Light Displays in South West England for you to explore.

American Museum & Gardens The Enchanted Garden of Light

Come together this Christmas for an enchanting trail of illuminations at the American Museum & Gardens. Families and friends will be transported into a magical after-dark adventure through spectacular light displays which will emblazon the entire house, gardens and woodland in glorious seasonal colour.

Sparkling reindeer will guide your way as you enter mesmerising tunnels of light and are greeted with the delightful sights, smells and tastes of the most wonderful season of all.

Where: American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Down, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD

More: For further information about this Bath Christmas Light Trail, click here.

American Museum & Gardens The Enchanted Garden of Light

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

More: For further information about this Devon Christmas Light Display, click here.

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 centre piece of this year’s trail will once again be the 60ft walk-through Bournemouth Wonderland Tree situated in the centre of the Lower Gardens.

Where: Lower Gardens, Bourne Ave, Bournemouth BH2 5DD

More: For further information about this FREE Dorset Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Light Up Bristol

Walk through the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court and enjoy the wonder of Light Up. A stunning illuminated walking experience in the heart of Bristol.

With something for everyone, stroll through the gardens with a warm mulled wine or hot chocolate and your closest family and friends by your side.

Where: Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

More: For further information about this Bristol Christmas Light Show, click here.

Ashton Court Light Up Bristol

Christmas at Connaught

Illuminated Garden Walk for all the family within Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, Devon. Includes a Christmas Food & Craft Village.

Where: Connaught Gardens, Peak Hill Rd, Sidmouth, EX10 8RU

More: For further information about this Devon Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Gloucestershire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas Zoo Nights at Dartmoor Zoo

Christmas Zoo Nights are back by popular demand and BIGGER and brighter than ever before! Make December merry this festive season with a magical journey to the Zoo and immerse yourself in a wild wonderland of light.

Enjoy all of Dartmoor Zoo’s animals beforehand with a day-and-night ticket and then watch as the Zoo transforms into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle and plenty of cheer!

Where: Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkwell, Plymouth PL7 5DG

More: For further information about this Devon Christmas Light Show, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Cornwall Christmas Light Display, click here.

Christmas At The Eden Project Biomes

Illuminate at Hestercombe

ILLUMINATE’s Christmas illuminated gardens trail will light up the entirety of Rook Wood with a beautiful multicoloured display, including its natural features and terrain, before taking you through the light-studded Yew Tunnel and onto a stunning, dynamic pixel display on the turning circle by Hestercombe House.

Bring the whole family to enjoy this lovely light experience, and finish up with a rich hot chocolate or homemade sausage roll from Caffe + Gelato, whilst watching the fire pit crackle away under the twinkling fairy lights in the glass-covered courtyard.

Where: Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

More: For further information about this Somerset Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Heligan Night Garden

This Winter you’re invited back to enter the Heligan Night Garden and enjoy an enchanting lantern experience set amidst the atmospheric Lost Gardens. Explore the gardens as they are beautifully lit by a variety of traditional paraffin lanterns and discover a breath-taking display of flora and fauna lanterns, illuminated within Heligan’s much-loved and iconic locations.

The installations hold up a nocturnal magnifying glass to the often overlooked wonders and beauty of the natural flora and fauna on our doorstep. From owls to hares, foxgloves, butterflies and robins, and a joyful burst of fuchsias, this illuminated seasonal 1.5km trail creates a treasure-filled space for families and friends to discover these beautiful indigenous species.

Where: Lost Gardens of Heligan, B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN

More: For further information about this Cornwall Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas at Killerton

An after dark Christmas illuminated trail will be bringing festive sparkle to the garden at the National Trust’s Killerton.

A magical trail, featuring spectacular lighting set to a soundtrack of favourite seasonal tunes, will transform the estate’s landscaped grounds and gardens.

Where: Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3LE

More: For further information about this Devon Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas at Kingston Lacy

The magic is back at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy near Wimborne, Dorset. Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun.

Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Where: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, BH21 4DZ

More: For further information about this Dorset Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Longleat Land of Light

The Festival of Light is returning to Longleat this Christmas after a two-year absence with an all-new outdoor spectacular showcasing ‘The Wondrous Worlds of Roald Dahl’. This year’s event will boast over 800 lanterns across 30 acres and feature much-loved characters including the BFG, Matilda and Miss Honey as well as an opportunity to walk through Wonka’s famous factory gates! 

The festive fun continues with Longleat’s famous 15-metre Enchanted Christmas Tree Show and the much-loved Santa Train. You can also enjoy access to all key animal and adventure attractions, including the Winter Safari Drive-through, Jungle Kingdom, Jungle Cruise and Longleat Hedge Maze.

Where: Longleat House, Warminster BA12 7NW

More: For further information about this Wiltshire Christmas Light Display, click here.

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival

FREE & NEW FOR 2022! Celebrating Poole’s rich nautical heritage and featuring a spectacular trail of maritime-themed lights, Poole’s historic town centre will be illuminated this Christmas season. Highlights include a number of 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

More: For further information about this FREE Christmas Light Trail in Dorset, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Cornwall Christmas Light Display, click here.

Christmas at the Castle

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

More: For further information about this Exeter Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Powderham Castle

Glow 2022 at Rosemoor

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 Rosemoor, discovering spectacular lighting displays along the way. On their longest trail yet, see your favourite garden areas, such as the Rose Gardens, Winter Garden, Lake and Cool Garden, light up the night with festive colour and sparkle.

Where: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington EX38 8PH

More: For further information about these Devon Christmas Lights, click here.

Tunnel of Lights: Arctic Adventure, Shipwreck Museum

Add some real sparkle to your winter nights with an adventure packed with frosted fun and dazzling displays. A great way to spend time with family and friends this festive season.

The Shipwreck Treasure Museum at Charlestown is set to burst into a riot of colour having been transformed into a wonderland filled with enchantment and magic.

Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory underground world and enjoy a sensational polar expedition with gigantic icebergs and frozen shipwrecks. Then dive into a tunnel complete with thousands of lights that are set to dazzle.

Where: Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ

More: For further information about this Cornwall Christmas Light Show, click here.

Christmas at Stourhead

Now firmly positioned as part of the UK’s winter calendar, over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at Stourhead.

Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light and dancing lakeside reflections, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Where: Stourhead, Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QF

More: For further information about these Wiltshire Christmas Lights, click here.

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

Explore the magical after-dark experience now in its 7th Year and follow the new illuminated trail around our beautiful castle grounds. Enjoy the wonderful music as you discover each new secret of this romantic environment.

New for 2022 at Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light: Discover the new Wave and the flickering flowers of the Queens garden. Gaze at the sparkling water features and the mesmerising Field of Fire. Light beams, lanterns and much much more.

Where: Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, GL54 5LP

More: For further information about these Gloucestershire Christmas Lights, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Wiltshire Christmas Light Display, click here.

Enchanted Gardens Light Trail Swindon

Ignite: fire and fantasy at Tyntesfield

Experience the enchanting trail of light, lanterns, fantasy and fire in the garden at Tyntesfield.

The gothic extravaganza of this Victorian home is surrounded by heritage trees and picture-perfect parkland at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield, near Bristol.

It’s the ideal setting for this after-dark experience. Wander between flickering flames and majestic trees – from one amazing space to another.

Where: Tyntesfield, Bristol BS48 1NX

More: For further information about this Bristol Christmas Light Display, click here.

Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit, when Westonbirt Arboretum lights up for the festive season – with its Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail. Marvel at the twinkling lights and mesmerising spectacles while searching for clues and chatting to friendly elves along the way. And, 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

More: For further information about this Gloucestershire Christmas Light Display, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Somerset Christmas Light Display, click here.

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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 18 Christmas Light Displays in South East England for you to explore.

Christmas at Bedgebury

Discover magnificent trees on a magical illuminated trail at Bedgebury.

Enjoy an after-dark trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum this winter and explore over a million twinkling lights while seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun.

Where: Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SJ

More: For further information about this Kent Christmas Light Display, click here.

Blenheim Palace Illuminated Trail

The most wonderful time of the year returns to Blenheim Palace as over one million lights twinkle and sparkle on the Illuminated Trail.

There’ll be glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections, trees drenched in jewel-like colour and even the chance to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

If that’s not enough, the Palace itself will transform into a winter wonderland as Kingdom of the Snow Queen comes to life within, whilst the Great Court outside plays host to a traditional Christmas Market.

Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

More: For further information about the Blenheim Palace Christmas Lights, click here.

Christmas at Cowdray

Explore the magnificent Cowdray Park for a unique, Christmas light trail after dark in the grounds of this historic country estate in the heart of the stunning South Downs National Park.

Inspired by the theme ‘Joy’ the work created by a select band of international artists casts the landscape in a new light, illuminating the parkland, nurturing our sense of wonder as we wander.

Where: Cowdray Heritage Trust, Visitor Centre, River Ground Stables, Midhurst GU29 9AL

More: For further information about this West Sussex Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas at Cowdray

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

More: For further information about this Kent Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle

NEW FOR 2022!  A brand-new Christmas trail featuring enchanting illuminations and Christmas music, will light up the glamorous and historic Leeds Castle this year!

Spend quality time with loved ones, as you create everlasting memories at one of England’s most visited attractions. You will wander between installations designed by a range of international artists, all carefully choreographed to a soundtrack of moving festive music.

Where: Leeds Castle, Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL

More: For further information about this NEW Kent Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Leonardslee Illuminated

Walk through the beautiful grounds of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens as they come to life with spellbinding illuminations, large scale projections, music and theatrical performances.

The new trail route for 2022 meanders through the magnificent landscaped Grade I listed gardens.

Where: Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP

More: For further information about this West Sussex Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Leonardslee Illuminated The Moon Between the Trees

Missenden Abbey Festive Illuminations

Christmas at the Abbey will see its woodland trees and stream come alive with twinkling lights, projection tunnels, giant swings and dazzling lasers as they create their biggest light trail yet.

With festive treats available to purchase along the way and a small Christmas market of local businesses on peak evenings, it promises to be a fabulously festive trip out for the whole family.

Where: Missenden Abbey, London Rd, Great Missenden HP16 0BD

More: For further information about this Buckinghamshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Ignite: Fire & Fantasy at Nymans

This winter, experience the enchanting effects of fire, light and lanterns throughout the garden at Nymans.

Set against a gloriously romantic backdrop, Nymans, West Sussex, has a garden made for garden lovers. It’s a place where creativity has flourished and quirkiness is celebrated.

So it’s no surprise that the cherished grounds form the perfect setting for this new, after-dark illuminated trail, where you wander between flickering flames and majestic trees – from one amazing space to another.

Where: Nymans National Trust, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BT

More: For further information about this West Sussex Light Trail, click here.

Glowing Mushrooms at Ignite Nymans National Trust

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

More: For further information about this Hampshire Christmas Light Show, click here.

Ignite: fire and fantasy at Polesden Lacey

As twilight falls, the magic begins. Enjoy a walk through the gardens at night guided by flickering flames and glowing tunnels of trees with magical illuminated installations along the way.

The trail takes you between flickering flames and beside majestic trees into one amazing space and then another. Within this fiery interpretation of stars and spheres, illuminated flora and fantasy, there are moments of reflection and playful discovery set to a soundscape that will inspire and intrigue.

The hour-long discovery trail has been specially designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The great outdoors made magical.

Where: Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BB

More: For further information about this Surrey Light Show, click here.

The house at Polesden Lacey glowing in light at Ignite National Trust

Reading Twilight Trail

The Twilight Trail is back – bigger and better – returning to Reading’s stunning Abbey Ruins and Forbury Gardens this December.

The lighting installations are being specially created by light art pioneers, Luminism, who have been cited by The Guardian as one of the UK’s leading light trail producers.

Where: Forbury Gardens, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA

More: For further information about this Berkshire Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Isle of Wight Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Enlightened at Staunton

Returning in 2022, 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

More: For further information about this Hampshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Enlightened at Staunton Farm

Waddesdon Manor Winter Light Trail

The award-winning Christmas celebrations return to Waddesdon for 2022. Choreographed displays will light up the formal Parterre, whilst 400 individually ‘planted’ rose lights bring the Rose Garden to life.

With more than 100,000 fairy lights sparkling across the Rothschild Gardens as well as a 6m ‘pixel pyramid’ of dancing, colour-changing pixels, you’ll now be able to enjoy the displays through to late January.

And don’t forget the accompanying Christmas Fair, showcasing 80 artisan makers and craftsmen.

Where: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH

More: For further information about this Buckinghamshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Glow Wild 2022 at Wakehurst

The enchanting winter lantern trail is back for its ninth year, and it’s packed full of surprises, including a brand-new route.

As darkness falls, the gardens are brought to life with beautifully hand-crafted lanterns and captivating light installations created by leading artists.

This year, Glow Wild celebrates the spectrum of colours in nature, inviting you to explore how we see colour and the role it plays in our daily lives.

Where: Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN

More: For further information about this Sussex Christmas Lights Display, click here.

The Illuminated Garden at West Green House

This Christmas, West Green House Gardens again present their hugely popular light spectacular. The gardens will become an extraordinary ten-acre wonderland of gigantic shimmering flowers, glowing fairies and a forest of illuminated red tulips.

See enormous lit water lilies floating on the lakes, with five bridges turned into tunnels of lights and all the gardens’ classical follies beautifully lit.

Where: West Green House Garden, Thackham’s Ln, West Green, Hook RG27 8JB

More: For further information about this Hampshire Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Windsor Great Park Illuminated

Followings its debut success last 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.

The Obelisk Pond will feature illuminated floating water lilies with a field of light extending 1,400 square metres nearby. The park’s extensive flora and fauna will be celebrated with fountains of projected flowers and holograms of woodland creatures.

There will be a shorter route available for tired feet and teepee rest spot with food stalls, warm drinks and marshmallow firepits.

Where: The Savill Garden, Wick Ln, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ

More: For our complete review & sneak peek video of Windsor Great Park Illuminated, click here

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Glow 2022 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

More: For further information about this Surrey Christmas Light Show, click here.

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.

Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights

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

More: For further information about this Cambridgeshire Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Badger at Winter Lights Anglesey Abbey Sam Whitehead

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.

The event offers guests the perfect woodland escape, sharing some much-needed festive fun. 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.

You can upgrade to include a 2-course pre-trail winter dining experience to make the most of the occasion!

Where: Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, HP4 1NS

More: For further information about this Hertfordshire Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Enchanted Audley

Enjoy a magical evening of illumination, sound and colour as you explore the spectacular grounds of Audley End.

Gather your friends and family to banish the dark winter nights and experience the past in a spectacular new light this December. Explore our grounds and gardens to discover a magical world of illumination, sound and colour, from giant lilies in the river to a fairy garden, and from a tunnel of light to awe-inspiring projections on the house itself.

Where: Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF

More: For further information about this Essex Lights Trail, click here.

The Luminarium at Barleylands Farm Park

NEW FOR 2022!

Brand new for 2022, The Luminarium comes 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

More: For further information about this Essex Christmas Light Display, click here.

Garden of Lights at Blickling

Enjoy the colours, smells and sounds of Christmas at Blickling. Begin your visit through the magically lit walled garden, before discovering our garden of lights and lit acorns on the Parterre. 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

More: For further information about this Norwich Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

National Trust Blickling Hall at Christmas

IlluminAbbey Bury St Edmonds

Experience the Abbey Gardens as they’ve never been seen before, and enjoy a spectacle of light, music and live entertainment as the gardens and ruins are illuminated this winter. 

Starting at the Eastgate Nursery entrance, the 1km route within Abbey Gardens will be illuminated to celebrate the architectural magnificence, history and beauty of the gardens and ruins.

Along the way, there will be plenty to see and do, including breathtaking street theatre performances from Corvus Angelicus, Juggling Inferno and Spark!, the amazing high impact drumming troupe with kaleidoscopic lighting.

Where: Abbey Gardens, Mustow St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1XL

More: For further information about this Suffolk Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Enlightened at Colchester Castle Park

Brand new for 2022, Enlightened comes 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

More: For further information about this NEW Essex Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas at Hatfield Park

NEW FOR 2022! A brand new after-dark illuminated trail through perfectly festive gardens. 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 historic Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire.

Where: Hatfield Park, Hatfield AL9 5HX

More: For further information about this Herdfordshire Christmas Light Display, click here.

Helmingham Hall Illuminated Garden Trail

Make the most of the dark winter nights by stepping into a magical world of light, colour and sound, as you explore the grounds of Helmingham Hall adorned with thousands of lights transforming the gardens into an enchanted winter wonderland.

An unmissable event to start off the festive season! Begin the trail by crossing Helmingham Hall’s famous drawbridge (pulled up every night since 1510) and warming up with a complimentary mulled wine within the courtyard steeped in over 500 years of historical charm. Continue through the gardens absorbing the magical sights and sounds, gather around the fire pits to toast marshmallows for s’mores, and end the evening browsing the Stables Shops and pop up stalls where you may be able to find some early Christmas gifts!

Where: Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF

More: For further information about this Suffolk Christmas Light Display, click here.

Glow 2022 at Hyde Hall

It’s time to Glow! See the garden sparkle this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail.

Follow the winding route through a selection of your favourite garden areas and discover shrubs awash with colourful lights and trees lighting up the night sky.

In the Winter Garden, be dazzled by our iconic willow structures and leaf sculptures immersed in festive colour.

Where: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Ln, Chelmsford CM3 8RA

More: For further information about this Essex Christmas Light Display, click here.

RHS Glow Hyde Hall Glowing Views from Clover Hill

Enlightened at Hylands Estate

Following the hugely successful event last winter, Enlightened returns to Hylands Estate with a new longer route and even more magical lighting installations for 2022.

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: Hylands Estate, Greenbury Way, Chelmsford, CM2 8FS

More: For further information about this Essex Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Luminate Sandringham

Nestled deep within Her 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, the much loved rural retreat of Her Majesty. 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

More: For further information about this Norfolk Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Shuttleworth In Lights

Share an after-dark adventure with your friends and family at Shuttleworth in Lights – A Festive Special.

The 1.2-mile 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 World Famous Shuttleworth Collection Hangars from here enter the Swiss Garden, head into the Paddock 4 for a special display, re-join the route at the Shrubbery walk, pop past the Summer House, then stroll down the wonderful Lakeside Parkland and back into the Swiss Garden, finishing with a visit to the Gift Shop and Runway Café.

Where: Shuttleworth, Alder Dr, Biggleswade SG18 9DT

More: For further information about this Bedfordshire Christmas Light Display, click here.

Stockwood Illuminated

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

More: For further information about this Bedfordshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Thursford’s Enchanted Journey Of Light

When twilight falls the magic begins! Your journey will progress into the Fantasyland Building, you will travel past the penguins and polar bears to the giant-sized teddy bears! Get ready to see how the elves have loaded Santa’s sleigh, then past the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory using the wondrous wrapping machine!

Throughout your journey you’ll meet lots of fantasy land characters including the snowman family, make sure you watch out for their snowballs!

Your journey continues as you venture outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza, with lots of creatures to marvel at- a beautiful, breath-taking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole. Watch out for the naughty mushroom gnomes!

Where: Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0AS

More: For further information about this Norfolk Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Thursford's Enchanted Journey of Light

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. Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Where: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW

More: For further information about this Hertfordshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

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West Midlands

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.

Lightopia Alton Towers

Embark on an immersive journey through the 4 seasons where a mix of spectacular lanterns, immersive light installations, and colour transformations will light up the seasonal pathway and lead you through this spectacular after dark wonderland where a whole year will go by in just a day!

Where: Alton Towers, Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB

More: For further information about this Staffordshire Christmas Light Show, click here.

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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

More: For further information about this Birmingham Christmas Light Display, click here.

Luminate Coombe

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 Coombe Abbey Park. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

Where: Coombe Abbey, Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

More: For further information about this West Midlands Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Trentham

This December, as night falls on Trentham the historic lakeside setting will once again host Christmas at Trentham.

Nestled among the natural flora and fauna of the award-winning gardens, this sensational light trail will captivate visitors of all ages. Awe-inspiring illuminations and installations will bring the night to life as they thrill the senses, transporting you to an enchanting world of light and colour.

Where: Trentham Gardens, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8JG

More: For further information about this Staffordshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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 Coombe Abbey Park. 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

More: For further information about this Staffordshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Christmas At Warwick Castle

Complete your Christmas wish list in one truly epic destination.  This Christmas, glide upon our spectacular ice rink, journey through the glittering Light Trail and even meet Santa & Mrs Claus themselves. There’s so much to enjoy for the entire family, including a host of seasonal entertainment, meeting cheery festive characters, and eating delicious food!

Back by popular demand for 2022, discover the illuminated light trail as you journey through 64 acres of grounds and gardens dressed in thousands of twinkling lights. This dazzling evening light trail is perfect for all the family to enjoy and is sure to get you in the festive spirit!

Where: Warwick Castle, Castle Ln, Warwick CV34 4QU

More: For further information about this Warwickshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Christmas at Warwick Castle

The Enchanted Garden at Webbs

Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world, as you make your way through twinkling lights and lanterns to the snowy north pole. This magical experience at Webbs Wychbold covers six different stories, each brought to life through a mixture of stunning lighting, giant lanterns, projections, and enchanting sounds.

Where: Riverside Gardens at Webbs Wychbold, Worcester Rd, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0DG

More: For further information about this Christmas Lights Trail in Worcestershire, click here.

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 – ‘A Christmas Odyssey.’

The Illuminated Light Trail is a magical, night-time Christmas light show that showcases structures, installations and illuminations created especially for Winter Glow by our teams of local creative artists, lighting designers and craft-persons.

This year, for the first time, the Christmas Light Trail will have a spectacular new theme for you to experience, along with riddles and puzzles for young brains to engage with.

Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW

More: For further information about this Worcestershire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

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East Midlands

Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire?  We’ve gathered details of 8 Christmas Lights Displays in the East Midlands for you to explore.

Christmas at Belton

Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will transform the gardens at Belton this year’s Christmas lights trail.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Father Christmas along the way.

Where: Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LW

More: For further information about this Lincolnshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Enlightened Belvoir Light Trail

Take a tour of Enlightened Belvoir, an enchanting light trail which runs through our beautifully manicured gardens. This magical walk is 1.3km long and will take approximately 75 minutes to complete.

Throughout your extraordinary journey, your path will be illuminated by literally thousands of lights as you pass talking trees, interactive stepping stones, enchanted woodlands and illuminated displays. This is a delightful, multi-sensory experience suitable for all the family.

Where: Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE

More: For further information about this Leicestershire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas in the Garden at Chatsworth

Enjoy a 1km illuminated walk around the garden with atmospheric lighting bringing a festive sparkle to your visit to Chatsworth.

Let our 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

More: For further information about this Derbyshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Northamptonshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Winter Wonderland at Elvaston Castle

NEW FOR 2022!

For the first time ever, the popular country park is set to host its own festive family event in the run-up to Christmas, which will see the house and its iconic grounds lit up with awe-inspiring illuminations providing a stunning multi-sensory experience.

Where: Elvaston Castle, Derby DE72 3EP

More: For further information about this Derbyshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Lincolnshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Lap of Lights at Silverstone

For something completely different, look no further than Silverstone’s Lap of Lights.

The unique drive-through light trail returns for another year. Drivers will have the opportunity to experience the iconic Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit for themselves, exploring some 400,000 lights and 440 lasers as they chart Santa’s journey across the world.

Lap completed, the alpine-esque Lodge will be offering festive après-drive fun in the Silverstone Wing or visitors can don their ice skates at Ice Trax and glide through the Formula 1 pit lane.

Where: Silverstone Circuit, Towcester NN12 8TN

More: For further information about this Northamptonshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Christmas at Wollaton

As twilight descends this December, Christmas at Wollaton takes over the Hall and Gardens, transforming the grounds into a magical wonderland with a brand new illuminated light trial set once again to delight visitors of all ages.

Awe inspiring illuminations and installations will thrill the senses, transporting guests to an enchanting world of light and colour. Firm favourites including the Tunnel of Light and the Laser Garden will return with a host of brand-new sights and sounds.

Where: Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

More: For further information about this Nottinghamshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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Yorkshire & The Humber

Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or York?  We’ve gathered details of 9 Christmas Light Displays in Yorkshire & The Humber for you to explore.

An Illuminated Christmas at Castle Howard

Join the team at Castle Howard for a festive evening like no other as you take to the great outdoors for a spectacular lighting extravaganza for all ages to enjoy.

Where: Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

More: For further information about this York Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Glow 2022 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.

Where: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB

More: For further information about this North Yorkshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this North Yorkshire Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Lotherton’s Christmas Experience

Steeped in traditional Christmas magic, Lotherton’s The Christmas Experience is back for 2022.

Meet Santa and his elves, visit Mrs Claus in the house, wander around the interactive woodland walk of Christmas traditions and decorate Christmas ceramics in the North Pole.

Where: Lotherton Hall, Lotherton Ln, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

More: For further information about this West Yorkshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this Yorkshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Roundhay Park

NEW FOR 2022!
A brand new after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens. For the very first time over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Where: Roundhay Park, Mansion Ln, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2HH

More: For further information about this NEW Yorkshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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

More: For further information about this East Riding of Yorkshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

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!

Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a spiced winter warmer or luxury hot chocolate shared with someone special.

Where: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE

More: For further information about this Leeds Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Temple Newsam

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!

Where: Stockeld Park, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN

More: For further information about this North Yorkshire Christmas Light Display, click here.

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North West England

Looking for a Christmas Light Trail in Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside or Manchester?  We’ve gathered details of 7 Christmas Light Displays in North West England for you to explore.

Christmas at Bolesworth

Bolesworth’s grounds near Chester will again be transformed into a festive wonderland, festooned in seasonal sparkle and yuletide cheer for a month of unforgettable winter magic.

The incomparable enchanted Christmas Lights Trail returns for 2022 featuring an all-new route, a spectacular light show incorporating Bolesworth Castle itself and a unique water display on our beautiful lake.

Where: Bolesworth Castle, Bolesworth Rd, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ

More: For further information about this Cheshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Bolesworth Light Installations

The Lanterns At Chester Zoo

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo will be back for another MAGICAL event in 2022! 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

More: For further information about this Cheshire Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas At Delamere Forest

An enchanting after-dark illuminated trail through a festive forest – with new installations for 2022. 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

More: For further information about this Cheshire Christmas Lights Display, click here.

Christmas at Dunham Massey

The gardens will shimmer with a million twinkling lights once again as Christmas at Dunham Massey returns for 2022.

Enjoy time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light and dancing lakeside reflections, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, or gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations – and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Where: Dunham Massey Hall, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

More: For further information about the Dunham Massey Christmas Lights, click here.

Christmas Light Trail at Dunham Massey 2022

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

More: For further information about this Merseyside Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Lightopia Festival Manchester

The award winning Lightopia is back and ready to light up Heaton Park this Christmas brighter than ever with brand new installations and routes.

Embark on a magical journey through our new Fantasy themed light trail through the parklands. Showcasing bright immersive installations, colourful lasers, and water shows, this is a festive wonderland for all ages.

Where: Heaton Park, St Margaret’s Road, Manchester, M25 2GT

More: For further information about this Manchester Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Luminate Cheshire

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

More: For further information about this North West England Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

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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

More: For further information about this Northumberland Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Beamish Hall’s Forest of Lights

At night, when the moon takes its place in the sky Beamish Hall’s magical forest comes to life. A Forest of Light is a captivating illuminated experience set within enchanted ancient Woodland.

Explore a world filled with illuminations, music, interactive props, projections to dazzle and amaze with specially commissioned pieces only for A Magical Woodland which means that this is a unique experience not to be found anywhere else.

Where: Beamish Hall Hotel, Beamish, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0YB

More: For further information about this County Durham Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Beamish Hall Forest of Lights

Christmas at Gibside

Make the most wonderful time of year more magical, on an after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens – with new installations for 2022.

The magic is back. Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun at Gibside this Christmas.

Where: Gibside Gardens, Rowlands Gill NE16 6BG

More: For further information about this National Trust Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Christmas at Gibside Chapel Illuminated National Trust

Christmas Trail at Raby

Experience the magical Christmas Trail at Raby with friends and family this year. Delight in twinkling lights and Christmas music as you wander around the winter wonderland.

Why not indulge in a luxury hot chocolate from the Yurt Café to enjoy as you soak up the sights and smells of Christmas? Find all the hidden clues along the way to collect a small prize.

Where: Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AF

More: For further information about this County Durham Christmas Light Display, click here.

Nightfall at Stewart Park

Nightfall returns to Stewart Park for 2022 with a brand new theme: ‘Brighten Our Northern Sky’!

Join the secret aurora for an illuminated playful adventure, chasing nature’s kaleidoscopic masterpiece of the night sky; glistening beams, colourful swirls and dancing waves of light will shine bright this December, full of magic and mystery.

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

More: For further information about this Teesside Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Illuminating Ushaw 2022

Join Ushaw’s Illuminated Christmas Trail this year: stroll through Christmas Tree Avenue, marvel at the Illuminated Historic House, visit the Traditional Nativity Scene, gaze up at the Giant Gnome Trees, explore our Willow Tunnel, indulge in Seasonal Treats and be blown away by the Largest Festive Light Installation in the North of England at over 150 metres long!

Where: Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, Woodland Rd, Durham DH7 9RH

More: For further information about this Durham Christmas Light Show, click here.

Wales

We’ve gathered details of 6 Christmas Light Trails in Wales in 2022 for you to explore.

Christmas at Bute Park

Christmas at Bute Park returns to Cardiff for another winter of wonder! After an outstanding first year sell-out success, the award winning light trail returns to the iconic Bute Park December 2022, with a host of dazzling NEW installations 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

More: For further information about this Cardiff Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas at Bute Park

Christmas at Cosmeston

Cosmeston Country Park will come to life after dark this year. During December you and all your family can experience and enjoy the park in a new light.

Thousands of lights in fact will illuminate the Medieval Village and the surrounding trees.  Special effects and experiences to enjoy at this special time of year – suitable for all ages.  Seasonal Illuminated Interactive Trail with professional performers.  Refreshments and entertainment for all the family.

Where: Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Lavernock Rd, Penarth CF64 5UY

More: For further information about this Welsh Christmas Light Trail, click here.

The Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail

NEW FOR 2022!
For the first time, Luminate comes to the Garden of Wales for Winter 2022! 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, gardens and grounds of the Garden of Wales.  Immerse yourself in a mesmerising mile long walk, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous interactive light play, all set to ambient music.

Where: The Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN

More: For further information about this Garden of Wales Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Margam Park Luminate Wales

Following another sell-out year last year, Luminate Wales returns to Margam Country Park and Castle for Winter 2022. 

Join the magical journey of light through the stunning, historic gardens of Margam Country Park and Castle. This wonderful mile-long illuminated walk encapsulates highlights from the last three years along with stunning new elements, added to re-amaze you for 2022.

Where: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ

More: For further information about the Margam Park Lights, click here.

Christmas Lights Trail at Pembrey Country Park

Pembrey Country Park has been given Winter of Wellbeing funding for a light trail through the forest – a FREE walk, around 500m long.

Take the family along to see the trees lit up with vibrant colours and enjoy this 20 minute walk with plenty of festive photo opportunities and much to admire to get you in the holiday spirit!

Where: Pembrey Country Park, Pembrey, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire SA16 0EJ

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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

More: For further information about this Flintshire Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Reindeer Lodge Drive-Thru Enchanted Lakeside Lighting Trail

Scotland

We’ve gathered details of 8 Christmas Light Trails in Scotland in 2022 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

More: For further information about this Scotland Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Beecraigs Festive Forest John McKechnie

Christmas at the Botanics

Aurora, recreating the stunning Aurora Borealis with dancing waves of colour, will be one of the dazzling new highlights at the sixth annual Christmas At The Botanics. The overhead piece, by UK artists ITHACA, will make its first ever appearance in Scotland at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2022.

Lighting up the capital’s night sky, the mile-long illuminated trail will also feature returning festive favourites including the magnificent Christmas Cathedral and Inverleith House projection. Also back is the popular Laser Garden, but which will for the first time in Edinburgh feature rainbow lasers casting beams and thousands of coloured dots across the surrounding landscape.

Where: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

More: For further information about this Scotland Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

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

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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 the Defender of the Nation.

Where: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

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Edinburgh Castle Castle of Light

Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights

Make your evenings merry and bright this festive season with a magical journey through Edinburgh Zoo!

A spectacular light trail will take you on a journey to discover the magic of Christmas spirit and Santa’s time at the zoo.

Where: Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Rd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

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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

More: For further information about this West Lothian Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Christmas Wonderland at Perth Riverside

Experience this magical lighting trail wandering on foot through a one-way, 1km winding pathway overlooking the picturesque Perth Riverside.

This is Norie Miller Walk and Rodney Gardens as never seen before! Fantastic lighting, festive effects and a sparkling atmosphere all transforming the parks into a wonderful Christmas evening out.

You will find singing trees, hear sleigh bells ringing amongst the snowflakes and many surprises, with candy canes and other delicious delights.

Where: Norie-Miller Walk, Riverside, Perth PH2 7TR

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Christmas Wonderland at Perth Riverside

A Christmas Miracle At Rough Castle

Wander the 1.4km illumination trail and use your festive magic and cheer to be transported into a woodland world of light & illumination.

There’s real life reindeer to guide you through Rough Castle’s Christmas Woodlands in search of Santa! And journey through the 35 metre Polar Ice Tunnel of Light on your Christmas quest.

Where: Rough Castle, Falkirk FK1 4RR

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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:

Northern Ireland

We’ve gathered details of 4 Christmas Light Trails in Northern Ireland in 2022 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

More: For further information about this Northern Ireland Christmas Light Trail, click here.

Bright Lights Botanic in Belfast

Get in the festive mood as you stroll through the gardens taking in the starry lanterns, large, illuminated Christmas characters, as this festive light show returns for another year.

See the garden sparkle with over 18,000 light bulbs,25,000 meters of neon tubes, 10,000 meters of tree lighting, and some 160 lantern artisans never seen in Northern Ireland before.

Where: Botanic Gardens, College Park Ave, Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1LP

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Bright Lights at the Botanic Gardens Belfast

Christmas at Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

An after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens – with new installations for 2022. The magic is back at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens close to Belfast. Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun.

Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

Where:Hillsborough Castle, The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6GT

More: For further information about this Northern Ireland Christmas Lights Trail, click here.

Lisburn Light Festival

NEW FOR 2022!  A brand new after-dark illuminated trail at Lisburn Light Festival, themed to share the magic of the season!

Where: Market Square, Lisburn, Co, Antrim, BT28 1AG

More: For further information about this Northern Ireland Christmas Light Show, click here.

North Norfolk Railway Lights Express

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