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There’s nothing more uplifting in the cold winter months than illuminations. That’s why I think Christmas light trails are one of the most magical festive experiences you can give your family. In this post I’ve gathered some of the best trails happening at places around the country in 2023.

As I’m publishing this post well before the summer don’t be surprised if some trails are marked as still to be confirmed. I’ll be updating this guide as the year progresses.

Having said that, ticket sales for some of the most popular trails are already live. Don’t delay in booking your tickets for these Christmas events happening in 2023. They’re bound to get snapped up fast.

Here’s more Christmas days out happening around the UK.

To help you find the Christmas light trails near you, I have ordered areas alphabetically. Use the drop down menu to find an event close to you.

Christmas light trails in Bedfordshire

Here are some holiday light trails to check out this season in Bedfordshire:

Stockwood Illuminated at Stockwood Discovery Centre

Two people walking through an outdoor tunnel and canopy covered in fairy lights
Photo Credit: Stockwood Discover Centre

Embark on a journey of myth and magic with the ancient tree spirits, as they shine bright and illuminate the gardens at Stockwood Illuminated.

Find out more about this year’s theme…

Stockwood Illuminated, Luton, 15 to 23 December 2023

Shuttleworth in Lights

This year’s illuminated trail will be shining the spotlight on Shuttleworth’s Collection of heritage aircraft and vehicles.

There will be refreshments available from the Coffee Pod, before you make your way through the hangars. Along the way, discover the history of aviation and the story of Shuttleworth, in a world of festive light and sound. 

Shuttleworth in Lights, Biggleswade, weekends from 24 November to 17 December 2023

Festive Season Illumination Trails in Berkshire

Check out this glowing light trails in Berkshire this winter:

Windsor Great Park Illuminated

Enjoy a magical evening with family and friends for a highly anticipated second year to light up the festive season bigger, better and more dazzling than ever at Windsor Great Park.

Follow a path through woodland awash with colour as sparkles of fireflies, luminous beacons and dancing fairies blaze the way, while the lake is alive with flood-lit fountains and glimmering reflections.

Windsor Great Park Illuminated promises to be more magical than ever, the perfect evening out where long-lasting festive memories will be made.

Windsor Great Park Illuminated, Windsor, from 16 November 2023

Light Trails in Buckinghamshire

Festive illuminated trails for the whole family this Christmas in Buckinghamshire:

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

As twilight falls see the gardens sparkle brightly with spectacular light displays bringing the extraordinary landscape to life.

From dusk, enjoy dramatic colour and playful installations as you stroll beneath magically illuminated tree canopies. Look out for interactive displays at Tay Bridge, Daffodil Valley transformed with 5,000 orbs creating a glittering blanket and walk through a tunnel of twinkling stars.

Christmas at Waddesdon, Aylesbury, TBC

Seasonal Light Trails in Cardiff 2023

There is lots of family fun to be had at these festive trails in Cardiff:

Christmas at Bute Park

A lawn overhung by trees carpeted in purple lights
Photo Credit: Christmas at Bute Park

Wales’ biggest festive light trail is back for 2023 and with a host of new installations, a fresh route and a new Christmas village Bute will shine brighter than ever.

This year there are on and off peak tickets to suit different budgets.

There will also be street food and drink stalls.

Christmas at Bute Park, Cardiff, 24 November 2023 to 1 January 2024

Festive Light Trails in Carmarthenshire

Check out these holiday light trails in Carmarthenshire this season:

Luminate at The Garden of Wales

A child kneeling with 2 marshmallows on a stick kneeling down in front of a fire
Photo Credit: Luminate at The Garden of Wales

This Winter Light Trail comes to the Garden of Wales for the first time this year.

As darkness descends, join the enchanting journey, as it weaves a captivating light trail through the stunning gardens and grounds. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising mile long walk, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous interactive light play, all set to ambient music.

Luminate at The Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, 29 November to 31 December 2023

Christmas Light Trails at Pembrey Country Park and Beach

This free light trail in Wales features coloured lights illuminating the trees and sculptures.

Pembrey Country Park and Beach, Burry Port, TBC

Christmas illuminations in Cambridgeshire 2023

Here’s where to find Christmas light trails in Cambridgeshire:

Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights

The Lost Words and The Lost Spells poems, music and illustrations will thread throughout the light trails at Anglesey Abbey this year.

Visitors to Winter Lights will see magical projections of nature illustrations created by the award-winning projectionist team Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, as well as new versions of songs and poems from the books throughout the route.

There will be independent street food vendors in the Orchard area so you can refuel after your night-time adventures. 

Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights, Lode, TBC 

Christmas at Wimpole

Tree stars
Tree Stars. Credit: Richard Haughton, Sony Music

Visit Wimple National Trust estate in Royston and see it like never before with a new trail of magical lights illuminating the gardens.

The after-dark Illuminations trail that will bring the estate to life with over a million twinkling lights while the Mansion House will be decorated for Christmas.

Christmas at Wimpole, Royston, 17 November to 31 December 2023.

Christmas light trails in Cheshire in 2023

Find colourful light displays here in Cheshire:

Lights at Bolesworth

Christmas lights at Bolesworth Estate

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

There will be a spectacular light show incorporating Bolesworth Castle itself and a unique water display on the lake. The display is made up of thousands of lights and follows an accessible route.

There will also be a fairground, Christmas market and champagne bar.

Christmas at Bolesworth, Tattenhall, 24 November to 31 December 2023.

Christmas at Delamere Forest

The Christmas light trail returns to Delamere Forest for a second year with chandelier dance floors, firework trees and 42 metre prism tunnel of neon lights.

More than a million lights make up the display.

Delamere Forest, Northwich, TBC.

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey House illuminated
Picture credit: Andrew Ogilvy

Tickets are on sale now for this popular illuminated trail which is returning for a sixth year to this historic National Trust property.

In 2023 there’s a new light and sound installations.

Tickets sell out fast each year, therefore early booking is advised.

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, 17 November 2022 to 31 December 2023.

Lightopia at Heaton Park

Lightopia take place in Heaton Park in Manchester and promises to be better than each year.

Embark on a journey around the new themed magical light trail on a route through the parklands, showcasing bright immersive installations, interactive lanterns, colourful lasers, and water shows.

Lightopia, Greater Manchester, TBC.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Close up of face of a lantern lioness
Photo Credit: Chester Zoo

Delve into a Norwegian fairy-tale land with a multi-coloured, glowing castle towering high in the heart of the zoo.

Visitors can wander through giant lotus flowers, flying dragonflies in a Japanese inspired garden and come face-to-face with life-size Orangutan puppets along your trail.

Next meet the glowing wolves surrounded by the sun, moon and stars, and a giant snow leopard guarding a snowy mountain at the end of a light tunnel.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester, TBC

Luminate Cheshire at Walton Gardens

The gardens will host a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue.

Immerse yourself in an mesmerising trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

Luminate Cheshire, Warrington, 30 November to 31 December 2023

Light trails in Cornwall 2023

Visit here for a Christmas light trail in Cornwall (and don’t miss out on the trails in neighbouring Devon which are listed below!):

Night Gardens at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Illuminated umbrellas in trees at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Picture credit: Lost Gardens of Heligan

Enter the Heligan Night Gardens and enjoy an enchanting lantern experience set amidst the atmospheric Lost Gardens, on selected dates between  November 18th until 2nd January.

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.

Journey through the magical garden trail, exploring woodlands and gardens beautifully lit with installations and lanterns. Discover breath-taking displays of fauna and flora, to celebrate the characters of the garden community, all illuminated within Heligan’s much-loved and iconic locations.  

Heligan Night Gardens, St Austell, TBC.

Tunnel of Lights at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

This year Charlestown is the home of the UK’s longest tunnel of indoor festive light.

As well as this dazzling display at the Shiwreak Museum you’ll find a winter wonderland of decorated rooms, a German Christmas Market and even snow.

Shipwreck Museum, Charlestown, TBC.

2023 Light Trails in County Antrim

Check out these lights trails in County Antrim:

Enchanted Winter Garden at Antrim Castle Gardens

As the winter sun sets over Lough Neagh, Antrim Castle Gardens will come to life with a magical Christmas experience.

Visit the fairies in Wonderland Wood, meet the sprites who embody the spirit of Christmas in Pixieland, drop in on Santa and don’t forget the rides, attractions, and mouth-watering food in the Festive Food Fayre.

Enchanted Winter Garden, Antrim, TBC

Bright Lights at Belfast Botanic Gardens

In 2022, Belfast Botanic Gardens hosted Northern Ireland’s first festival of light.

The long trail twisted through the garden, sparkling with more than 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.

Bright Lights Botanic, Belfast, TBC

Christmas lights in County Down 2023

Here’s where to find a light trail in County Durham:

Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

River of Fire illuminations
Richard Haughton © Sony Music

A stunning new illuminated Christmas trail will bring festive sparkle to Belfast for the first time this year.

The magical after-dark trail at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, features spectacular lighting and enchanting visitors with classical festive tunes, and will transform the estate’s beautifully landscaped grounds.

This year the light trail also goes up to the castle.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Hillsborough, TBC.

Illuminated light trails in County Durham

Visit these festive trails in County Durham this season for some family fun:

The Plotters’ Forest Enchanted Christmas Trail at Raby Castle

Experience the Enchanted Christmas Trail in The Plotters’ Forest with twinkling lights and Christmas music.

The Plotters’ Forest Enchanted Christmas Trail, Staindrop, Darlington, TBC

Forest of Light at Beamish Hall

See the forest come alive with light after dark this winter.

The Forest of Light is a captivating illuminated experience set within an enchanted ancient woodland. Enter a world filled with illuminations, music, interactive props and projections.

Forest of Light, Beamish, Stanley, TBC

Christmas light trails in Derbyshire

These lights trails in Derbyshire will be fun to visit for the whole family:

Christmas at Chatsworth Estate

Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has cast an enchanted spell over the Chatsworth Garden evoking the magical atmosphere of a Nordic winter through captivating light trails and themed illuminated displays.

Wrap up warm and embark on an exciting passage of discovery; experience the ‘northern lights’ over the Canal Pond and let magical colour guide you along the Broad Walk into a glade of glowing lights.

The historic Maze lit with wands of light and filled with festive music.

Christmas in the Garden, Chatsworth Estate, Bakewell, TBC

Illuminations in Devon 2023

There’s lots of Christmas light trails in Devon this year:

GloWild at Paignton Zoo

GlowWild promotional image

Paignton Zoo will be ending its centenary year in style with its biggest ever seasonal event. 

GlowWild is an after-dark immersive light experience will feature a stunning array of giant illuminated animals, light tunnels and a silent disco.

Booking is essential and group rates are available.

GloWild at Paignton Zoo, selected dates from 17 November 2023 to 2 January 2024.

Bay of Lights

A brand new and free light trail is happening along the seafront in Torquay this winter.

Enjoy a 1.5 mile route along Torquay seafront with glittering and unexpected surprises along the way including a light tunnel, prisms of light and a 12m high Christmas tree.

Bay of Lights, Torquay, 1 December 2023 to 2 January 2024.

Christmas at Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle illuminated with rainbow lights

Powderham Castle’s light walk returns this Christmas along with indoor festive displays.

See the Castles state rooms transformed for Christmas, wander the Christmas trail around the grounds and book after dusk tickets to experience the light trail.

Christmas at the Castle, Powderham Castle, near Exeter, 1 to 31 December 2023.

Christmas Wonderland Illuminations at Babbacombe Model Village

Illuminated small town models at Babbacombe Model Village
Illuminations at Babbacombe Model Village

Enter a magical miniature wonderland of festive lights at Babbacombe Model Village this Christmas. 

There will be miniature seasonal scenes, a Christmas character spotter sheet and crazy golf. The Christmas lights are on from 3.30pm.

Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay, selected dates from 2 to 31 December 2023.

2023 Christmas light trails in Dorset

Have an illuminating time at these events:

Christmas lights in Bournemouth

View across Bournemouth's Christmas Tree Wonderland festival

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Festival is back! This seaside town in Dorset will be transformed into an open-air alpine village.

Experience the magical spectacle of glittering trees and illuminations, and explore the Alpine market and skate in the enchanting Victorian lower gardens.

Read about our weekend visiting Bournemouth for the Christmas Tree Wonderland and take a look at our video for a taste of what you can expect in 2023 – get it in your calendar now:

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland, TBC.

Christmas at Kingston Lacey

Visit this elegant National Trust property near Wimborne Minster to see the gardens transformed into a display of colour and sound.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Kingston Lacey, Wimborne Minster, TBC.

Christmas light trail in Edinburgh

Here’s somewhere to find a light trail in Edinburgh in 2023:

Christmas at the Botanics

Now established as a firm family tradition in Edinburgh, the trail for 2023 will showcase a botanical world festooned with seasonal cheer.

Look out for Inverleith House cast in a new light.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, TBC.

2023 Illuminated Christmas trails in Essex

There’s a lot of sparkly Christmas fun at these trails in Essex:

Enlightened at Hylands Estate

Enlightened returns to Hylands Estate with a mile long route and even more magical lighting installations for 2023.

Try your hand at one of the many interactive elements where you can control the installation while competing with your fellow visitors and have your camera at the ready for the photo opportunity around every corner.

Enlightened, Chelmsford, 24 November 2023 to 1 January 2024

Enchanted Audley at Audley End House & Gardens

Gather your friends and family together to banish the dark winter nights and experience the past in a spectacular new light this December.

Explore the grounds and gardens at Audley End to discover a magical world of illumination, sound and colour.

End your evening warming up with a glass of mulled wine, a toast marshmallow or whirl on a traditional fairground ride.

Enchanted Audley, Saffron Walden, TBC

Enlightened at Colchester Castle Park

A glowing face projection on an illuminated tree with one adult and two children looking on
Photo Credit: Enlightened at Colchester Castle Park

The Enlightened Christmas light trail 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.

Enlightened, Colchester, 1 to 31 December 2023.

Glow at RHS Hyde Hall

A view of trees illuminated in red and blue across a lake with reflections in the water.
Photo Credit: RHS Hyde Hall

Go on an enchanting journey around RHS Garden Hyde Hall and see much-loved garden areas awash with colour against the dark night sky.

This year you can follow the trail up onto the Hilltop, past the iconic Thatched Barn and through the Dry Garden, where dazzling lights and sound effects add to the drama.

As you head down the hill, take a moment to look out across the garden and experience breathtaking views of the Australia and New Zealand Garden. Then wander through the Winter Garden and be dazzled by living willow sculptures immersed in festive colour.

Glow at RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, TBC

Holiday Light trails in Flintshire for 2023

There is a lot of festive fun to be had when visiting these illuminated holidays trails in Flintshire:

Enchanted Winter Drive-Thru at The Reindeer Lodge

The elves at Reindeer Lodge gave been busy adding a new walk-through village experience to this popular Christmas trial.

As well as driving through the a 1.3km enchanted Christmas lighting trail to see the reindeer herds, discover a hidden Christmas village and an audience with Santa himself you can also park up and walk around a festive village at the end.

Enchanted Winter Drive-Thru, Mold, 24 November to 24 December 2023

Christmas light trails in Gloucestershire in 2023

Here’s were to visit for a special Christmas event in 2023:

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Family walking through Enchanted Christmas light at Westonbirt
Enchanted Christmas for Westonbirt. 2015 paulbox © [email protected]

The Enchanted Westonbirt illuminated trail is one of the most magical Christmas activities happening in 2023.

Prepare to be dazzled by an enthralling winter wonderland, filled with sparkling lights, festive sounds, and mesmerising installations.

Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, selected dated from 24 November to 23 December 2023

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Castle wall lit up at night with glowing ball illuminations and a purple glow
Photo Credit: Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Explore this magical after-dark experience and follow the illuminated trail around the beautiful castle grounds.

Discover the Light Wave on the Mulberry Lawn, the flickering Fire Flowers of the Queen’s garden and the columns of light in front of the Castle.

Complete you visit with a sip festive warmers of spiced mulled wine and sprinkled hot chocolate. There will be take away hot food and delicious donuts on the Castle Terrace.

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, selected dates from 24 November to 30 December 2022

Enchanted Light Trail at Cotswold Farm Park

Father and child in tunnel of lights
Image credit: Cotswold Farm Park

This family-friendly illuminated light trail is a wondrous night-time experience, themed around a magical show cover land that you discover ‘Through the Wardrobe’.

The trail showcases marvellous creations, installations and illuminations created especially for the farm by teams of local creative artists, lighting designers and craft-persons.

Enchanted Lights Trail, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, TBC

Christmas light trails in Hampshire

Soak up the magic of winter light trails at these illuminating spots in Hampshire:

Festive light trail at Marwell Zoo

Family enjoying the Glow illuminated trail at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire

Glow Marwell 2023 is going to be bigger and better than ever with half a million twinkling lights, brand new illuminations and interactive elements.

Children of all ages will be able to play in an LED playground, walk across light-up stepping stones, and strike a pose on Rainbow Road.

This year’s multicoloured light tunnel spans an incredible 36 metres and our specially created Enchanted Tree will tower overhead.

Father Christmas will also be there in a new grotto.

Marwell Zoo, Winchester, selected dates from 24 November to 30 December

ght up Hellier Gardens, Romsey

New last year, this Christmas light trail in Hampshire will illuminate the gardens like you’ve never seen then before with an awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic and multi-sensory world of light and sound. 

Expect to see lasers in Himalayan Valley, a multi-sensory, spectacular light show around the pond and giant illuminated reindeer, snowdrops and icicles. 

Light Up Hellier Gardens, Romsey, selected dates from 30 November to 31 December 2023

The Illuminated Garden Adventure at West Green House Gardens

A forest backdrop illuminated in red lights with a giant orb light fixture aglow in blue and green
Photo Credit: West Green House Gardens

This extraordinary mile long light trail at West Green House has lots of new features in 2023 including thousands of lights telling the story of Alice in Wonderland.

There will be giant 10 to 15ft high fountains dancing to music on the lake.

The garden’s Five Bridges will become tunnels of light with creatures beneath, while in the Paradise Garden will be transformed into the flamingo’s crocket lawn.

Warming drinks, hot food and treats may be purchased along the trail.

The Illuminated Garden Adventure, Hook, 25 November to 30 December 2023

Enlightened at Staunton Farm in Havant

Staunton Farm will be transformed into a magical illuminated light trail with mesmerising light installations around the grounds. 

There will be interactive games of light and illuminated shapes and tunnels to dance through. The trail is about 1.2 Kilometres in length and suitable for the whole family.

Staunton Farm, Havant, TBC

Illuminated Light Trails in Hertfordshire 2023

Light up trails to check out in Hertfordshire this year:

Christmas light trail at Hatfield Park

Just 20 minutes on the train from Kings Cross station, this historic National Trust property will, host a light trail this year.

In 42 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland you’ll find a winter wonderland of magical light.

Christmas at Hatfield, TBC

Ashridge House: Illuminated

Visit Ashridge House for a winter wander filled with wonder.

As well as the glittering light trail, there will also be a festive food and drinks village so you can start the evening with a delicious winter warmer.

Ashridge House: Illuminated, Berkhamstead, TBC

Festive lights on the Isle of Wight

Find a family-friendly holiday light trail this season on the Isle of Wight:

Polar at Robin Hill

Embark on a magical journey as Pippa the polar bear goes on an adventure at Robin Hill.

Step into an enchanted world, featuring the beautifully illuminated ancient woodland, Walk of Wonder and spectacular illuminations.

Warm up beside the cozy 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.

Polar at Robin Hill, Newport, 9 to 24 December 2023.

Christmas light trails in Kent

Have an illuminating time at these events in Kent:

Illuminations at Bedgebury

Cathedral of Light at Bedgbury

This family-friendly one-mile magical festive trail in the heart of the High Weald AONB countryside will once again be awash with colour. 

This year there will be illuminations from around the world. New displays include lights that shine like the Aurora Borealis overhead, larger-than-life colour changing pampas grass and an illuminated tree collection filled with all the colours of the rainbow.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent, 17 November 2022 to 31 December 2023.

Christmas lights at Leeds Castle

Returning for its second year, an all-new reimagined, magical Christmas trail is coming to Leeds Castle featuring enchanting illuminations and Christmas music.

There will be sparkling chandeliers delicately suspended in the trees, a laser garden filled with tiny beams of light and a path of twinkling mirrored hearts.

Christmas at Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, 24 November to 31 December 2023.

Christmas Lights & Illuminations at Hever Castle

This Christmas at Hever Castle wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars to explore the grounds.

Witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas. 

Bring torches and pop on your wellies to see the much-loved gardens lit up with glorious colour washes, spectacular illuminations and music.

Tickets go on sale in September 2023.

Christmas Lights & Illuminatons, Edenbridge, TBC

Christmas in Lincolnshire in 2023

Here’s where to find Christmas light trails in Lincolnshire:

Christmas light trails at Belton

Neon Tree - family stands in front of illuminated tree
Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

This year visitors will see a new route and new lights at Belton National Trust’s magical Christmas light trail.

The lights are choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music, transforming Belton’s majestic gardens into a winter wonderland.

There are picture perfect colour-changing spheres, a sea of lights, a sparkling rose garden and stars leading to larger-than-life mistletoe. 

Belton House, Grantham, selected dates from 24 November to 31 December 2023.

Light trails in London this Christmas

Here’s where to find light trails in London this year:

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew. ©RBG Kew.
©RBG Kew.

Christmas at Kew, a much-loved highlight of London’s festive calendar, returns for its eleventh year this November.

The 2023 light trail features new installations, illuminating Kew Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage landscape with vibrant bursts of colour and over a million twinkling lights.

Immerse yourselves in sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, glitter balls and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 15 November 2023 to 7 January 2024.

Lightopia London at Crystal Palace

Peacock illumination
Picture credit: Lightopia

See the Palace of Light at Crystal Palace Park, as Lightopia brings this incredible landmark back to life in stunning illumination. 

The history of the park will be brought to life through interactive displays and incredible displays along a fantastic Christmas light walk which makes up central London’s largest illuminated trail.

Lightopia London, Crystal Palace, TBC

Christmas at Kenwood House

Kenwood House manor home little up with festive illuminations onto the front of the building
Photo Credit: Kenwood House, English Heritage

A sensational light trail will be nestled among the grounds of Kenwood to captivate visitors of all ages.

Enjoy festive food, warming cocktails and a host of brand-new sights and sounds with friends and family this Christmas.

Christmas at Kenwood, Hampstead, TBC

Palace of Light at Hampton Court Palace

This Christmas you’re invited on an enchanting festive lantern and light experience at Hampton Court Palace.

Encounter curious creatures, from glittering unicorns to polka-dot panthers and from lurking lions to galloping greyhounds, as you wander through the atmospheric gardens and historic palace courtyards after dark.

These captivating luminous displays are created by a skilled team of artists and craftspeople, and are inspired by the Royal Beasts, a collection of heraldic statues commissioned for Hampton Court by Henry VIII himself.

Palace of Light, East Molesey, Richmond upon Thames, TBC

Enchanted Eltham at Eltham Palace and Gardens

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 of Eltham Palace to discover a magical world of illumination, sound and colour.

Enchanted Eltham, Greenwich, TBC

Illuminated Trails in Merseyside

The whole family will enjoy visiting any of these festive trails this year in Merseyside:

Enchanted at Knowsley Safari Park

Three illuminated deers on a garden with trees behind at night
Photo Credit: Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari will once again be transformed into an illuminated wonderland.

As the sun sets each evening, join the spectacular night-time adventure as the foot safari comes alive with an enchanting animal trail and forest lights, not forgetting toasted marshmallows to complete your festive fun. 

Enjoy a full range of festive food and tasty treats. The park’s brand new Christmas Carnival sector will be open too.

Enchanted, Prescot, TBC

Christmas trails in Middlesex

Visit these illuminated light trails in Middlesex this holiday season:

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

Wrap up warm for a winter walk through the four hundred different tree species in the Arboretum of Syon House, ending at the magnificent Great Conservatory.

Enchanted Woodland, Brentford, Middlesex, TBC

2023 Illuminate seasonal trails in Midlothian

These festive trails in Midlothian will delight the whole family:

Spectacle of Light at Dalkeith Country Park

Enjoy the night-time wonder of Fort Douglas, illuminated under the stars.

This year, this popular winter evening adventure is inspired by Treasure Island and features treasure hunts and real-life pirates. With the pirate’s map to guide you, search for gold through tunnels, down slides, along zip wires and over rope bridges.

Pirate fancy dress is encouraged.

Spectacle of Light, Dalkeith, TBC

Holiday Light Trails in Norfolk

Check out these festive light trails in Norfolk this season:

Enchanted Journey of Light at Thursford

A garden landscaped filled with illuminated animals (elephants, giraffe, jellyfish, lion) and plants
Photo Credit: thursford.com

Thursford’s light trail is themed around a fantasy land with characters including the snowman family, penguins and polar bears to the giant-sized teddy bears!

Get ready to see how the elves have loaded Santa’s sleigh, then pass the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory using the wondrous wrapping machine.

Tickets are on sale from June 2023.

Enchanted Journey of Light, Thursford, 19 November to 24 December 2023.

Illuminate at Sandringham Estate

Nestled deep within Sandringham Estate, awaits a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.

As darkness descends, join in on the enchanting journey, as you weave a captivating light trail through the Royal Parkland. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

Illuminate, Sandringham, 11 November to 24 December 2023

2023 illuminated light trails in Northamptonshire

Visit Northamptonshire this season to check out these light trails:

Winter Light Trail at Delapré Abbey

Discover an array of magical light installations with a brand-new trail experience that spans over one mile throughout the stunning woodland, walled garden and grounds of Delapré Abbey.

There will also be a selection of local, independent food vendors, an Après Ski bar and kids funfair.

Winter Light Trail, Delapré Abbey, Northampton, TBC

Winter light trails in Northumberland

There’s is plenty of fun to be had when visiting these festive trails in Northumberland:

Garden Winter Light Trail at The Alnwick Garden

The North East’s biggest and brightest light trail is back for 2023.

Immerse yourself in a glittering carnival of light and sounds where magic awaits you around every corner.

Garden Winter Light Trail, Alnwick, TBC

Lights in Nottinghamshire in 2023

Here’s where to find a Christmas light trail in Nottinghamshire:

Christmas at Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall’s park will be transformed into an enchanting light spectacle with a trail of discovery, specially designed to fit into the natural landscape of the Hall and Gardens.

Visitors of all ages will be captivated by this brand new, visually stunning multi sensory experience of light, fire and sound. A seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, TBC

Christmas trails in Oxfordshire in 2023

Expect plenty of sparkle at this Christmas event in Oxfordshire:

Christmas at Blenheim

Colourful lights projected onto the front of Blenheim Palace
Picture Credit: Sony Music

The Palace’s gardens will be illuminated by a million lights, while inside you’ll find rooms transformed into The Kingdom of The Snow Queen.

Outdoors you’ll also find Blenheim’s famed Christmas market.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024

Light Trails in Somerset 2023

Here’s where to find some festive light trails in Somerset this Christmas season: 

Illuminate at Hestercombe Gardens

A garden pathway lined with plants and trees illuminated by colourful lights
Photo Credit: Hestercombe.com

ILLUMINATE at Hestercombe will transport you on a magical journey of colour and light to bring an extra level of wonder to our trails. New for this year are dynamic water fountains and music along route.

Prepare to be awe-inspired at the beautiful gardens as they come to life this season.

Illuminate at Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, selected dated from 23 November to 30 December 2023

The Enchanted Garden of Light at The American Museum & Gardens

In 2023 there will be a sparkling trail of illuminations through the spectacular grounds of the American Museum & Gardens in Bath.

 Be transported into a magical after-dark adventure through light displays which will emblazon the entire house, gardens and woodland in glorious magical colour. 

The Enchanted Garden of Light at The American Museum & Gardens, Bath, TBC

Christmas Wonderland at Wookey Hole

A cave tunnel with a path of colourful illuminated lights down the centre of the ceiling
Photo Credit: Wookey Hole

This December, you’re invited to get into the spirit of Christmas with Santa and his elves at Wookey Hole’s Winter Wonderland.

This special event includes three very special Christmas experiences wrapped up into one magical day out. Start with a visit to the caves where more than 100,000 lights magically illuminate the way.

You can then Meet Santa in his grotto (there’s presents for every child) and experience a Christmas-themed circus show, performed in the Wookey Hole Theatre.

Christmas Wonderland, Wells, TBC

Christmas light trail in Staffordshire

Here’s where to find illuminations in Staffordshire:

Lightopia Festival at Alton Towers

The Lightopia Festival is returning to Alton Towers this Christmas with brand new installations and interactive experiences.

Lightopia at Alton Towers, Staffordshire, TBC

Christmas at Trentham

Illuminations in the gardens at Trentham
Picture credit: Christmas at Trentham

Nestled among 725-acres of magnificent grounds, woodland wildlife, and landscaped gardens, Trentham’s Christmas Trail is perfect for a fun-filled family winter evening out.

Christmas at Trentham is no ordinary festive light display, but a totally unique illuminated trail designed to sprinkle a little Christmas magic, accentuate the flora and fauna and see the stunning historic landscape at Trentham in a new light.

Dogs are welcome too.

Christmas at Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, TBC

Luminate Winter Light Trail at Shuborough Estate

As darkness descends, join Luminate at Shugborough estate, on an enchanting journey, as you weave your way along a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic grounds.

The mile long route will be dressed with a stunning lighting display set to ambient music.

Luminate, Shugborough, Great Haywood, Stafford, 1 December 2023 to 1 January 2024

Light Trails in Suffolk 2023

See these festive trails in Suffolk:

Illuminated Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall Gardens

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.

Begin the trail by crossing Helmingham Hall’s famous drawbridge (pulled up every night since 1510) and warm 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 mini Christmas market where you will be able to find lots of wonderful gifts and festive treats.

Illuminated Garden Trail, Stowmarket, TBC

2023 Light Trails in Surrey

Find some festive fun at these light trails in Surrey:

Glow at RHS Wisley

Large Glass Greenhouse Illuminated with colourful lights
Photo Credit: RHS Wisley

Head to RHS Wisley for a magical evening and see the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a new light trail route.

This year, the garden will glow even brighter with more light, fire and fountain displays than ever before. Inside the Glasshouse you’ll find a white Christmas theme.

Glow at RHS Wisley, TBC

Christmas light trails in Tyne and Wear 2023

Be illuminated at these light trails in Tyne and Wear:

Norther Lights in Newcastle

Family of four with baby enjoying a festive light trail at night. There is an illuminated tunnel in the background
Picture credit: From the Fields

New for 2023 is a glittering Leith trail through the centre of Newcastle. Northern Lights opens in Leazes Park this November and runs through to January with immersive visuals, audio and jaw-dropping illuminations.

The one mile trail will offer 90 minutes of entertainment with vintage fairground rides and a variety of festive treats along the way.

Tickets are on sale now.

Northern Lights, Leazes Park, Newcastle city centre, 28 November 2023 to 1 January 2024.

Christmas at Gibside

Illuminations in front of Gibside House
Picture credit: Andrew Ogilvy

The Christmas trail is back for a second year at Gibside near Gateshead.

This year’s installations include artists work such as The Pealit Tree, Sea of Light and Snowflake Walk with sparkly giant gold, silver blue and pink snowflakes.

Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer.

Gibside, Gateshead, TBC

Festive light trails in Warwickshire

Check out these holiday trails in Warwickshire:

After Dark Illuminated Trail at Warwick Castle

As darkness falls, journey through the historic grounds and gardens at Warwick Castle with this magical illuminated light trail.

From a Nutcracker inspired entrance to displays of dancing light on the castle walls, there is something for the entire family.

After Dark Illuminated Trail at Warwick Castle, Warwick, 25 November 2023 to 1 January 2024

Luminate at Coombe Abbey

A garden pathway lit with strings of lights illuminating the way for the person on the path ahead
Photo Credit: Luminate Coombe

There will be a mile long trail thorough the historic grounds of Coombe Abbey Park this winter.

Follow the illuminated route that will sparkle and play along to music. If you visited last year, 2023 brings with it new reimagined lighting designs.

Luminate Coombe, Coventry, 24 November 2023 to 2 January 2024

2023 light trails in West Glamorgan

Head out for these illuminated experiences in West Glamorgan:

Luminate Wales at Margam Country Park

Set out on an enchanting journey along a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic gardens of Margam Country Park and Castle.

Immerse yourself in a mesmerising mile long walk, with stunning lighting installations and fabulous interactive elements for everyone to play with.

Luminate Wales, Neath, Port Talbot, 22 November to 31 December 2023

Christmas light trails in West Lothian

A spectacular illuminated event in West Lothian:

Festive Forest at Beecraigs Country Park

Following a record breaking 2022 event, Beecraigs Festive Forest is back for 2023. 

This year’s event features one of the UK’s most powerful laser shows and stunning lighting effects, delivered by one of the UK’s leading light and production companies.

Beecraigs Festive Forest, Linlithgow, 1 to 23 December 2023

Light trails in West Midlands this year

Look out for this festive event in the West Midlands:

Luminate Winter Light Trail at Birmingham Botanical Garden

Head to the Botanical Gardens for a spectacular illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue.

As darkness descends, weave your way along a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic grounds. Immerse yourself in a mesmerising almost mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements all set to ambient music.

Luminate Winter Light Trail, Birmingham, TBC

Illuminations in West Sussex

Head here for a Christmas light trail in West Sussex:

Light trail at Cowdray Park

Follow this enchanting outdoor, festive light trail that begins in the Cowdray woods and ends by the castle ruins.

Along the way step back into the 16th century where you will find joyful, sparkling, illuminations with evocative soundscapes, and scrumptious, tasty treats from local producers. There’s also a festive Christmas funfair and you can meet Father Christmas on selected dates. 

Cowdray Park, Midhurst, TBC

Glow Wild 2023 at Wakehurst

Glow Wild kids celebrating its tenth anniversary with new beautifully hand-crafted lanterns and captivating light installations created by leading artists.

This year, Glow Wild celebrates the sublime, inviting you to become part of the trail and discover awe-inspiring moments in nature.

Under fours can visit for free.

Glow Wild, Haywards Heath, selected dates between 23 November 2023 to 1 January 2024

Leonardslee Illuminated at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Multi-coloured Illuminated Forest at night with a glowing sphere of the Ears hanging in the trees
Photo Credit: Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

With the event in its fifth year, the historic 240-acre Grade I Listed estate will transport visitors into a magical world as the gardens are transformed with illuminations, large-scale installations and atmospheric soundscapes. 

Guests are welcomed with a Victorian funfair, a small Christmas market, a selection of seasonal food and drink and other entertainment before entering the mile long trail.  

Leonardslee Illuminated, Horsham, selected dates from 24 November to 21 December 2023

Check out my post about things to do in Sussex for even more ideas for winter days out.

Christmas lights in Wiltshire 2023

Here’s the light trails happening in Wiltshire this Christmas:

Longleat Festival of Light

Longleat House illuminated for Land of Light, Christmas event in 2020

Rediscover the stories that shaped your childhood at this year’s Festival of Light: Treasured Tales.

Expect show-stopping scenes from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Cinderella, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz and Winnie the Pooh.

The Festival of Light, Longleat, from 11 November 2023 to 7 January 2024

Christmas at Stourhead

White roses at Stourhead
Image credit: Richard Haughton

Watch reflections of the festive lights dance across the lake at Stourhead this winter.

The 2023 trail celebrates the fifth anniversary of this popular event with lights up the waterside and forest landscape.

There will be music and street food to accompany you walk around the gardens while they are illuminated with lasers and light installations.

Stourhead, Mere, 24 November to 31 December 2023.

Enchanted Garden Light Trail at Swindon Town Garden

The Enchanted Gardens Light Trail made its debut two years ago and should be back in 2023.

Expect a brand new and even more exciting design this Christmas. There will be state-of-the-art lighting effects throughout the Victorian Gardens, allowing visitors to wander through a magical backdrop of illuminated trees.

Discover a trail of remarkable light art sculptures, low-level soundscapes, interactive illuminations and a specially commissioned light show set in the historic Bowl.

Enchanted Garden Light Trail, Town Gardens, Swindon, TBC

Illuminated Trails in Worcestershire 2023

There is lots of sparkly fun in Worcestshire this year:

Winter Glow Illuminated Light Trail at Three Counties Showground

Multiple Glowing star frame tunnel at night
Photo Credit: Three Counties Showground Malvern

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

This year, the Christmas light trail will have an immersive theme.

Prepare to be transported from the depths of ancient Atlantis to the fanciful shores of festive island’s, adorned with shimmering lights and impressive features.

Winter Glow Illuminated Light Trail, Malvern, 24 November 2023 to 6 January 2024

Christmas light trails in Yorkshire

Find illuminations here in Yorkshire:

Winter Illuminations and Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

Illuminations at Stockeld Park
Stockeld Park. Picture credit Richard Walker

See Stockeld come to life after dusk as it is transformed into a dazzling, twinkling wonderland!

There will be light effects, a captivating soundscape and animated installations through almost a mile of beautiful, ancient woodland.

As well as the lights, experience a Christmas adventure. Meet Santa and his elves, get lost in a magical Snowflake Maze, get involved with the festive fun during a Christmas in OZ panto and whizz around the ice rink!

Winter Illuminations and Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, TBC

Christmas at Roundhay Park

Roundhay hosts a Christmas trail featuring larger than life illuminations and much-loved seasonal music, will light up Roundhay Park in Leeds, one of the biggest city parks in Europe.

Enjoy illuminated pieces that include oversized Lilies, enchanting snowdrop walk, colourful Neon Tree and mesmerising fire garden.

Christmas lights at Roundhay Park, Leeds, TBC.

Winter Wonderland at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

An all new spectacular display of lights, sounds and special effects will bring the grounds of Sewerby Hall to life this festive season.

The Winter Woodland Elves are causing mischief – tinkering with lights and sound to create a stunning party atmosphere in the woods, with the emphasis firmly on fun.

Expect a free-flowing walk, lit up with stunning displays of colour, and to see what the woodland elves get up to outside of the toymakers’ workshop.

Winter Wonderland, Bridlington, TBC

A Winter Woodland Walk at Mother Shipton’s

You can venture deep into the woodland to visit the incredible Petrifying Well and see the Cave where the famous prophetess Mother Shipton was born.

Make a Christmas wish in the Wishing Well or hammer a coin into Wishing Logs as you explore the historic site.

Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough, 25 November to 24 December 2023

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Estate

A pathway lined with trees, strings of fair lights across the tops of the path, and trees illuminated with a multicolour glow
Photo Credit: The Christmas Experience

Take a stroll on the magical woodland walk, follow twinkling lights down winding paths and you’ll discover the enchanting installations of the Christmas traditions. 

Discover a new secret fairy town bustling with activity.

The Christmas Experience, Leeds, TBC

Into the Woods: A Fairytale Christmas at Castle Howard

This year, expect to be enchanted by theatrical installations and projections bringing to life your favourite fairytales at Castle Howard.

Hear the sound of glass slippers on ballroom floors and horse-drawn pumpkins echo through the great halls via state-of-the-art soundscapes as the grand rooms transform into magical forests and faraway kingdoms.

Into the Woods: A Fairytale Christmas, York, TBC

Glow at RHS Harlow Carr

Two people walking down and forested pathway with trees illuminated in multicoloured lights
Photo Credit: RHS Harlow Carr

Take an enchanting walk at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, marvelling at spectacular light displays along your way. See iconic features such as Streamside, the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns and Kitchen Garden light up winter nights with festive sparkle and magic.

Something new for 2022 is ambient sounds around the Queen Mother’s Lake and a ‘pixel lawn’ with hundreds of synchronised, dancing lights.

Glow at RHS Harlow Carr, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, TBC

More Christmas family days out near you 2023

If you’re looking for winter wonderlands, grottos and other festive experiences to enjoy with your family, take a look at my round up of 2023 Christmas family days out across the UK.

And if a bit of retail therapy is more your thing, take a look at my guide to the UK Christmas Markets that have been confirmed in 2023.

Find more days out in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in my big round up of 101 UK attractions for families.

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