Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

Light Trails are becoming more and more popular each year during the festive holiday season. 2023 is hopefully going to be no exception. The UK is certainly one of the best places to enjoy a light show and there are some fabulous light trail events taking place.

They are great for families of all ages, even teenagers. Every year there seems to be something new to wow us and I’m not sure there’s much better than wrapping up warm, watching the night come to life with lights, lasers, music and more and finishing the night off with a nice hot drink.

We have separated them out by listing each county alphabetically to make finding festive holiday lights trails near you even easier. Please note that some photos may be from previous events – Christmas light trails tend not to include a visit to meet Santa Claus so they are perfect festive events for all ages. If you click on a link in this piece, we may earn affiliate revenue.

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Berkshire Light Trails

Welford Park – Spectacle of Light – Berkshire – Tickets on Sale

Discover the night-time wonder of Welford Park through a wonderful spectacle of light and sound. Enjoy this beautiful, illuminated trail through the majestic woodland and around the gardens all lit under the stars.

Explore the stunning light installations, walk through the ever-changing Kaleidoscope and immerse yourself in the Carpet of Colour. Be amazed by the sparkling Light Beams, Moroccan Lanterns and much, much more.

Address: Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU
When? 22nd November – 30th December


Windsor Park – Windsor Great Park Illuminated – Berkshire – Tickets on sale

Follow a path through woodland awash with colour as mythical creatures, sparkles of fireflies and dancing fairies blaze the way, the lake alive with flood-lit fountains and breath-taking projections.

At a cosy rest spot, enjoy mouth-wateringly good food, mulled wine and hot chocolate or toast marshmallows at one of the fire pits.

Address: The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ
When? From 16 November 2023 – 2 January 2024.

60+ Best Christmas Light Trails UK 2022

Best Christmas Light Trails Buckinghamshire

Gullivers – Land of Lights – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on Sale

Following a spectacular first season for Land of Lights Milton Keynes we’re excited to bring the festival back for 2023. Look forward to a brand-new trail featuring 12 incredible worlds inspired by legendary fairytales and iconic characters. See classic tales in a whole new light!

From Peter Pan to Gulliver’s Travels, light up your imagination this winter with spectacular lantern displays. Follow the 1-mile trail and see incredible light installations at every turn. There will be amazing photo opportunities and the chance to purchase tasty treats from independent food vendors.

Address: Frobisher Gate, Milton Keynes MK15 0DT
When? Selected dates from October 2023 – February 2024

60+ Best Christmas Light Trails UK 2022

Best Christmas Light Trails Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Estate – Christmas at Wimpole – Cambridgeshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover huge feathers floating high into the sky, encounter a sea of light stretching out into the distance, surround yourself with sparkle in the long glowing tunnel and see contemporary Christmas trees in all the colours of the rainbow.

Address: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW
When? Selected dates from November 24th

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Best Christmas Light Trails Cheshire

Bewilderwood – Presents Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

With a sprinkle of Christmas cheer, a BeWILDermas panto and a glimpse of Santa Claus – it’s set to be the event of the year! Explore brand new areas of BeWILDerwood as you follow The Sparkly Light Trail through the woods. Discover silly snowmen, curious Christmas crackers, a giant Christmas pudding and lots, lots more as you venture through the festivities.

Join us for this fifteen-minute mini pantomime where Mildred the friendliest Crocklebog gets into a bit of bother when she visits the snowmen! Will reindeer Sid and Nev get to Jingles in time? Full of family fun and festive cheer, enjoy our unique spin on a traditional pantomime. 

Address: Malpas, Bickley Moss, Cheshire, Whitchurch SY13 4JF
When? Selected dates in December

Bewilderwood Light Trail

Bolesworth Castle – Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

As dusk falls our dog-friendly Christmas Lights Trail comes to life and becomes the most dazzling winter illuminations event in Cheshire and beyond. Bolesworth is bathed in seasonal colour, our beautiful grounds lit with thousands of stunning lights and effects, projections and interactive installations creating an unforgettable seasonal experience for children and grown-ups alike.

Address: Bolesworth Castle, Bolesworth Lake Farm, Bolesworth Rd, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ
When? Selected Dates in November and December

Christmas at Bolesworth

Chester Zoo – Lanterns and Light – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

Bigger, better and brighter than ever – you will discover never-seen-before light and sound experiences that will surround you in festive magic.

Explore new captivating light installations and be transported into enchanting lands filled with colour and festivity, where you can meet orangutans, lions, dolphins and woolly mammoths as you make your way along the trail!

Wonder at the colour-changing displays stretching as far as the eye can see, while birds and stars adorn the zoo’s winding paths and trees. Take a walk through the spectacular Winter Cathedral tunnel of lights and even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas in his sleigh.

Address: Moston Rd, Upton, Chester CH2 1EU
When? Selected dates from 17th November to 31st December

Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Dunham Massey – Christmas at Dunham Massey – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Dunham Massey, Cheshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover colour-changing batons of light stretching out into the distance, a huge silver star, Nova, shrouded in mist as if just fallen from the sky and star-shaped arches high above you, just some of the new displays to see this year. 

Address: Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ
When? Selected dates from 17th November to 31st December

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Gullivers – Land of Lights – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

See Gulliver’s World Resort in a whole new light! Land of Lights Warrington will be lighting up the Cheshire sky from November 2023. Discover gigantic lanterns, mesmerizing light installations and festival vibes.

12 Dreamworlds to Explore…

Inspired by animal kingdoms, mega monuments, and seasonal celebrations. Each dream world is bursting with colour, energy, and illumination. The Jurassic zone even features our roar-some, ‘living’ dinosaurs!

Address: Frobisher Gate, Milton Keynes MK15 0DT
When? Selected dates from November 2023 – February 2024


Tatton Park – Yuletide – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

As we approach the longest night, we invite you to step into an incredible, wild, glittering world at Tatton Park this Christmas. Fall into a world of folklore, festive tradition and ridiculous rituals as the characters and creatures from winter myths and stories come to life.

Expect an incredible illuminated trail, where winter witch goddesses have captured the moon and sun and shapeshifting snow hares play tricks on us all. Visit the heart of Yuletide, keeping warm as you dance to wild folk bands, crown your family’s ‘Lord of Misrule’ and gather around the fire for wondrous tales.

Address: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
When? 24th November – 23rd December


Walton Hall Gardens – Luminate – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

Luminate’s Walton Gardens Winter Light Trail presents a delightful world of light and music in the beautiful Cheshire gardens. 

Immerse yourself in the trail as you enjoy stunning light displays and a captivating ambience as you stroll along the enchanting path of what feels like magic. 

Be sure to wrap up warm! These are outdoor evening events and will be taking place whatever the weather, come rain or snow. 

  • An enchanting path of light displays and illuminations through the historic Walton Gardens
  • A wide selection of food and drink for you to enjoy as you walk
  • Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows!

Address: Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN
When? Selected dates from 30th November 2023 – 24th January 2024

Walton Hall Luminate

Best Christmas Light Trails Cornwall

Gardens of Heligan – Heligan Night Garden – Cornwall – Tickets on Sale

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

Our nighttime route will include fresh installations as we once again be working with The Lantern Company. A leading UK outdoor arts organisation, they bring artists and communities together to create spectacular events.

The Lantern Company’s illuminated installations at Heligan hold up a nocturnal magnifying glass to the often-overlooked wonders and beauty of nature on our doorstep. From badgers to fungi, bees to butterflies, and a joyful family of cheeky Tamworth pigs, this illuminated seasonal trail creates a treasure-filled space for families and friends to discover these beautiful indigenous species.

Address: B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN
When? 17th November – 2nd January

Heligan Night Garden

Best Christmas Light Trails Devon

Paignton Zoo – GloWild – Devon – Tickets on Sale

Paignton Zoo will be ending its centenary year in style with its biggest-ever seasonal event. See the zoo as you’ve never seen it before in this after-dark immersive light experience featuring a stunning array of giant illuminated animals, light tunnels, a silent disco, and much more.

The journey will begin with a giant storybook inviting you to step into another magical world…from there you will adventure around the zoo and be amazed by a variety of bright, colourful and interactive lighting.

Address: B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN
When? On selected dates from 23rd November ’23 – 1st January ’24, with entry starting at 5 pm.


Best Christmas Light Trails County Durham

Auckland Castle – A Glow – County Durham – Tickets on Sale

One of the biggest and brightest light trails in the North of England will illuminate the skies of Bishop Auckland this Christmas. Explore AGLOW – an all-new glittering 1.5-mile trail through Auckland Castle’s gardens and grounds, with surprises around every corner…• The largest Christmas tree in the North of England, over 30 metres tall
• The longest outdoor light tunnel in the country, measuring over 100 metres long
• A captivating light show projected onto Auckland Castle
• Daring illuminations featuring real fire
• Dancing fountains making the River Gaunless spring to life
• Stunning large-scale light installations, including lasers, mirror balls, starburst trees and spheres of light
• Interactive illuminations, featuring bubbles and musical trees
• A fun show with Santa and his mischievous Elves in Santa’s Village
• Vintage fairground rides in the grounds of Auckland Castle

Address: Market Pl, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NR
When? Various dates throughout November and December


Beamish Hall – Forest of Lights – County Durham – Tickets on Sale

Gather the family and join us as we open the doors to our wonderful world of magical illuminations and fantastic lighting displays during this festive period.

At night, when the moon takes its place in the sky our magical forest comes to life. A Forest of Light is a captivating illuminated experience set within our Enchanted Ancient Woodland.

We have created a world filled with illuminations, music, interactive props and 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.

Address: Coppy Ln, Beamish, Stanley DH9 0YB
When? Various dates throughout November and December 2023 and January 2024


Raby Castle – Enchanted Festive Forest – County Durham – Tickets on Sale

Embark on an enchanting journey through The Plotters’ Forest and create cherished memories with your loved ones this holiday season. Immerse yourself in the magic of our Enchanted Christmas Trail, where twinkling lights and festive music guide your path through a captivating winter wonderland.

As the sun sets and the night sky emerges, watch in awe as the trail comes to life under the blanket of darkness, each corner illuminated with a warm and inviting glow.

Address: Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH
When? From 18th November


Best Christmas Light Trails Dorset – No Trails at present


Best Christmas Light Trails East Riding Yorkshire

Sewerby Hall and Gardens – Winter Wonderland – East Riding Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

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.

There will be six sessions each evening.

Address: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED
When? 8th – 22nd December


Best Christmas Light Trails Essex

Barleylands – Enlightened – Essex – Tickets on Sale

Enlightened is a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened Trails was visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. Our 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

Our unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. 

Address: Barleylands Rd, Billericay CM11 2UD
When? 1st-24th December

Barleylands Luminarium

Colchester Castle Park – Enlightened – Essex – Tickets on sale

Enlightened is a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened Trails was visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. Our 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

Our unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. 

Address: High St, Colchester CO1 1UG
When? 1st-31st December

Colchester Enlightened

Hylands Estate – Enlightened – Essex – Tickets On Sale

Enlightened is a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened Trails was visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. Our 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

Our unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. 

Address: 10 Meadgate Terrace, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ
When? 24th November – 1st January 2024

Enlightened

Best Christmas Light Trails Gloucestershire

Cotswold Farm Park – Enchanted Light Trail – Gloucestershire – Tickets on Sale

At Cotswold Farm Park, we believe in creating unforgettable moments, and our ‘Enchanted Light Trail’ does just that! What magic lies beyond our gates? That’s for you to discover!

Our family-friendly illuminated light trail is a wonderous night-time experience, showcasing marvellous creations, installations and illuminations created especially for the Enchanted Light Trail by our teams of local creative artists, lighting designers and craft persons.

Address: Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL
When? 24th – 26th Nov 2023, 1st – 3rd Dec 2023, 8th – 10th Dec 2023, 15th – 17th Dec 2023, 20th – 23rd Dec 2023

Enchanted Light Trail

Sudeley Castle – Spectacle of Light – Gloucestershire – Tickets on Sale

Explore our magical after-dark experience now in its 8th 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.

Discover the LightWave on the Mulberry Lawn, the flickering Fire Flowers of the Queen’s garden and the columns of light in front of the Castle. Gaze at the sparkling water features and the Harlequin trees. Light beams, lanterns and much much more.

Address: Sudeley Castle & Gardens GL54 5LP
When? 24th November – 30th December

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

Westonbirt Arboretum – Enchanted Christmas – Gloucestershire – Tickets on Sale

Welcome to Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, where the magic of the festive season comes to life in spectacular illuminated fashion! Prepare to be dazzled by an enthralling winter wonderland, filled with sparkling lights, festive sounds, and mesmerising installations.

Making for an unforgettable experience for all the family. Westonbirt’s captivating landscape and stunningly lit trees create an enchanting world full of wonder and imagination – the perfect place to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Address: Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS
When? 24th November – 23rd December.

Enchanted Christmas

Best Christmas Light Trails Greater Manchester

Heaton Park – Light Trail – Greater Manchester – Tickets on Sale

From the makers of Christmas at Kew and Christmas at Dunham Massey comes something completely new.

Christmas at Heaton Park has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family. There’s all the fun of the fair surrounded by breathtaking seasonal lights as never seen before. Discover colour-changing globes of light stretching out into the distance, larger-than-life flowers and neon strings that reach high into the sky.

Address: Middleton Rd, Manchester M25 2SW
When? Selected dates from 1st – 30th December


Best Christmas Light Trails Hampshire

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – Light Up – Hampshire – Tickets on Sale

We will showcase the gardens as they have never been seen before, transforming them into an awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic, and multi-sensory world of light and sound. A truly unforgettable, magical walking experience for the whole family, and lovers of the great outdoors.

You’ll find a shimmering Tree of Joy, hypnotic lasers around the pond, mesmerising projected animals on the trees and a breathtakingly beautiful light show in Himalayan Valley to name just a few of this year’s spectacular and festive light art installations. We also have a feast of delicious street food and festive drinks for you to enjoy along your journey.

Address: Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB
When? Selected dates from 30th November – 31st December

Best Christmas Light Trails UK

Staunton Farm – Enlightened – Hampshire – Tickets on Sale

Enlightened is a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened Trails was visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. Our 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

Our unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. 

Address: Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB
When? 8th – 24th December

Staunton Farm Enlightened

Best Christmas Light Trails Hertfordshire – No Events at Present


Best Christmas Light Trails Kent

Bedgebury National Pinetum – Christmas at Bedgebury – Kent – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – an after-dark stroll through an iconic, illuminated tree collection. Firmly positioned as unmissable within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Bedgebury has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover softly lit doves delicately balanced on branches, reed-like neon structures, sparking tunnels of light and the Pinteum filled with all the colours of the rainbow as you walk under Liquid Sky, just one of the new displays to see this year. 

Address: Bedgebury Rd, Goudhurst TN17 2SJ
When? Selected dates from Friday 17th November – Sunday 31st December

Christmas at Bedgebury

Leeds Castle – Christmas Lights – Kent – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – festive fun at historic and glamorous Leeds Castle. Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. It’s a place where new traditions can be made, a place designed for picture-perfect gatherings.

Discover sparkling chandeliers delicately suspended in the trees, a laser garden filled with tiny beams of light, a path of twinkling mirrored hearts and Feast of Light, immersive glowing strings filled with all the colours of the rainbow, are just some of the new displays to see this year.

Address: Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL
When? Selected dates from 24th November – 31st December

Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle

Walmer Castle – Enchanted – Kent – Tickets on Sale

Christmas at Walmer Castle is a brand new, interactive light trail for 2023 set to bring colour, lights and play to Kent this December! Brought to you by our event partner Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage.

With a host of light installations designed to fit in with the natural surroundings, expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit to take over as you immerse yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture-perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy an enchanted Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Address: Kingsdown Rd, Walmer, Deal CT14 7LJ
When? Selected dates from 1st December – 1st January

Enchanted at Walmer

Best Christmas Light Trails Leicestershire

Abbey Park – Enlightened – Leicestershire – Tickets on Sale

Enlightened is a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened Trails was visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. Our 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

Our unique festive trail is a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. 

Address: Abbey Park, Abbey Park Rd, Leicester LE4 5AQ
When? 16th November – 24th December

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Best Christmas Light Trails Lincolnshire

Belton House – Christmas at Belton House – Lincolnshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar as one of the best displays of Christmas Lights during Christmas time. Christmas at Belton, Lincolnshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover a lawn filled with larger-than-life flowers, glowing lantern trees, a sparkling flock of jolly robins and contemporary Christmas trees in an enchanted forest featuring all the colours of the rainbow, just some of the new displays this year. You will need to pre-book a time slot.

Address: High Rd, Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW
When? Selected dates from 24th November – 31st December.

Christmas at Belton

Springfields – Winter Wonderland Walk – Lincolnshire – To be confirmed

Info from last year. The biggest and best-ever Winter Wonderland Walk!

Prices are held at £2 per adult £1 child

Plus a small booking fee from the ticketing site to maximise the amount going to the charity, Marie Curie.

Address: Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU
When? TBC

Springfields Winter Wonderland Walk

Best Christmas Light Trails London

Eltham Palace – Enchanted Eltham – London – Tickets on Sale

Expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit to take over as you immersive yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture-perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy an enchanted Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Internationally renowned and award-winning Creative Director Katherine Jewkes along with a host of Artists will create an exciting immersive experience guaranteed to thrill the senses as you explore the trail and witness Eltham Palace bathed in light.

Address: Court Yard, London SE9 5QE
When? Selected dates from 1st December – 1st January

Enchanted Eltham Palace

Kenwood – Christmas at Kenwood – London – Tickets on Sale

With 13 brand-new installations and a whole new look, this interactive light trail invites you to expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit to take over as you take a stroll through the grounds of Kenwood.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture-perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy an enchanted  Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Internationally renowned and award-winning Creative Director Katherine Jewkes will work alongside light art pioneers, Luminism to create an exciting immersive experience guaranteed to thrill the senses as you explore the trail and witness the historic building bathed in light.

Address: Hampstead Ln, London NW3 7JR
When? 1st December – 1st January

Christmas at Kenwood

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens – Christmas at Kew – London – Tickets on Sale

As one of the highlights of the UK’s festive calendar, Christmas at Kew is an unmissable opportunity to herald the start of Christmas or welcome in the New Year. 

It’s a botanical world brimming with seasonal cheer as twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air.

Discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

Address: Entrance will be via Victoria Gate, Elizabeth Gate and Brentford Gate, depending on your ticket selection.
When? 15th November – 7th January 2024

Christmas at Kew

Best Christmas Light Trails Merseyside

Knowsley Safari Park – Enchanted – Merseyside – Tickets on Sale

This year, we’re delighted to introduce our new rainbow road and we’ll even have our own Knowsley Northern Lights to experience as well where the whole family can have fun capturing memories. You may even notice some talking trees have too! 

We’re also excited to reveal new animal installations at this year’s event, keep your eyes peeled for illuminated hippos submerged in our natural water features, whilst Enchanted favourites return, such as light-up giraffes, penguins, zebras, and polar bears.

Our Winter Village is back for its second year, journey through our technicolour light tunnel and watch as Santa’s elves prepare for the big day at his workshop – don’t forget to write and post your Christmas wish list to the big man himself.

Address: Prescot L34 4AN
When? 18th November – 30th December

Knowsley Safari Park Enchanted

Best Christmas Light Trails Norfolk

Sandringham – Luminate Light Trail – Norfolk – Tickets on Sale

Deep within the Sandringham Estate, an illuminated trail of lights, colour, ambience and sound will take you on a sensory stroll through a spectacular world of light. 

Begin your journey at one of the residences of King Charles III and wander through the enchanting displays at Sandringham’s Royal Parkland. Become lost in a magical new world as you take in the otherworldly beauty that surrounds you with each step. 

  • One mile of light displays and illuminations through the historic country park of Sandringham
  • Up to 13 ‘wow’ moments and highlights that will have you gazing in awe and wonder
  • Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows!”

Address: Sandringham PE35 6EN
When? Selected dates from 11th November – 24th December

Sandringham Luminate

Thursford – Journey of Light – Norfolk – Tickets on sale

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, breathtaking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole. Watch out for the naughty mushroom gnomes!

Address: Laurel Farm, The St, Fakenham NR21 0AS
When? Selected dates in November and December.

Thursford Journey of Lights

Best Christmas Light Trails Northamptonshire

Northampton – Winter Light Trail – Northamptonshire – Tickets on Sale

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

PLUS, a great selection of local, independent food vendors, Après Ski bar and kids funfair attractions…This year we’re bringing you more installations, soundscapes and features! Get ready for the ultimate festive illuminations, following around a woodland trail through the stunning surroundings of Delapré Abbey.

Address: London Rd, Northampton NN4 8AW
When? 24th November – 31st December

Winter Light Trail Northampton

Best Christmas Light Trails North Yorkshire

RHS Harlow Carr – Glow 2023 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Bring all the family for a magical evening at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. See the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on our spectacular Glow trail.

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.

Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
When? 22nd November – 30th December


Stockeld Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Experience one of the country’s largest and most creative Christmas light festivals, set on the grounds of the historic Stockeld Park Estate.

Once a year, our beautiful park becomes a forest of lights. Dazzling light effects, a captivating soundscape, and animated installations come together through almost a mile of beautiful, ancient woodland. This is not just one of the best Christmas light outdoor events in Yorkshire, but a truly memorable experience for children and grown-ups.

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!

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN
When? 18th November ’23 – 8th January ’24

Stockeld Park Winter Illuminations

Best Christmas Light Trails Nottinghamshire

Wollaton Hall – Christmas at Wollaton – Nottinghamshire – Tickets on sale

With over ten brand new installations and a whole new look, this interactive light trail invites you to expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit take over as you take a stroll through the grounds of Wollaton.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy a magical Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Address: Nottingham NG8 2AE
When? Selected dates from 1st December – 1st January

Christmas at Wollaton

Best Christmas Light Trails Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace – Christmas at Blenheim – Oxfordshire – Tickets on Sale

This is one of the largest Christmas winter lights displays. An exceptional after-dark trail with new lights for 2023 and Sleeping Beauty reimagined inside the Palace. 

Christmas at Blenheim Palace is a place where new memories are made as a multitude of twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Explore the Palace rooms transformed by the story of Sleeping Beauty as this classic fairy-tale is reimagined for a new generation. Outside in the Great Court discover a selection of treasurable gifts within the Christmas Market.

Address: Woodstock OX20 1PP
When? Selected dates in November and December

Blenheim Illuminated

Best Christmas Light Trails Scotland

Beecraigs Country Park – Beecraigs Festive Forest – Scotland – Tickets on Sale

We can’t wait for you to experience our 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.

We house the longest light tunnel in Scotland, along with many other surprises along the route. There really is something for everyone and all age groups. 

Address: Linlithgow EH49 6PL
When? 1st-23rd December

Beecraigs Festive Forest

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Christmas at the Botanics – Scotland – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun in a botanical world. Firmly positioned as unmissable within Scotland’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at the Botanics has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover huge seed heads floating high into the sky, a lawn of larger-than-life crocus glowing in the dark, brightly coloured pampas, sparkling tunnels of light and the Inverleith House projections with a botanical theme filled with all the colours of the rainbow, just some of the new displays to see this year.

Address: Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
When? Selected dates from 16th November – 30th December

Christmas at the Botanics

Best Christmas Light Trails Shropshire – No trails Confirmed


Best Christmas Light Trails Somerset – No Trails Confirmed


Best Christmas Light Trails Staffordshire

Shugborough Estate – Luminate – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

This winter, head down to Shugborough Estate in Great Haywood, Staffordshire for a winter light show like no other. 

Luminate’s winter Trail is lighting up the historic site of the Shugborough Estate this Christmas season for a path of colour and wonder that will delight the entire family. 

  • A long walk of lights and music through the historic site of Shugborough Estate
  • A stunning display of light and ambience that immerses you into a world of brightness
  • Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows!

Address: Milford, Great Haywood, Stafford ST17 0UP
When? Selected dates from 1st December ’23 – 24th January ’24

Shugborough Estate Luminate

Best Christmas Light Trails South Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Winter Illuminations – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

  • Light & Lantern Festival
  • Bigger and better than ever before
  • Walk Around Experience
  • Festive fun for everyone
  • Hot food & drinks
  • NEW FOR 2023 – Space Odyssey AND The Spirit of Christmas

Wrap up warm and experience the park after dark as you explore the magic of our illuminated enchanted realms, as we light up the dark nights this festive season!

Address: Hurst Ln, Auckley, Doncaster DN9 3HQ
When? Select dates through winter

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Winter Illuminations

Best Christmas Light Trails Surrey

RHS Garden Wisley – Glow 2023 – Surrey – Tickets on Sale

Bring all the family for a magical evening at RHS Garden Wisley. At Glow 2023, see the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a wonder-filled journey.

Wander our enchanting route around the garden and see some of Wisley’s iconic sights in a new and dazzling light. Pick up a treat from the Village Square before heading to Seven Acres to see the illuminated wicker alliums, globes and arches. 

The Glasshouse will be filled with light and fun with a Christmas beach theme, and outside, the Glasshouse Lake will sparkle with disco balls. Rock Garden and Oakwood will be all aglow, while the Alpine Meadow becomes a ‘field of fire’. Enjoy the Wisteria Walk lit in a haze of purple, before the grand finale of fire and water at the Laboratory. 

Address: Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB
When? 24th November – 2nd January


Best Christmas Light Trails Tyne and Wear

Leazes Park – Northern Lights – Tyne & Wear – Tickets On Sale

Northern Lights is a BRAND NEW light trail set in the heart of the city at Leazes Park. With immersive visuals and jaw-dropping illuminations, this after-dark experience will light up Newcastle like never before.

Be inspired by original audio compositions, dynamic choreography and intelligent design, across a mile-long walk through stunning parkland. Immerse yourself in magic this winter with an unforgettable light trail for you and the whole family to enjoy. Expect a fully accessible route & a Christmas village full to the brim with festive food and drinks.

Address: Leazes Park, Newcastle 

When? 23rd November ’23 – 1st Jan ’24

How much? Adults from £19, children aged 3-16 from £13.50 and under 3s are free.

Northern Lights Newcastle

Best Christmas Light Trails Wales

Bute Park – Christmas at Bute Park – Wales – Tickets on Sale

Our award-winning light trail returns to the magnificent Bute Park this November 2023. Now the most popular light trail outside of London, tickets are expected to sell out fast. Experience a new and extended route, awash with immersive visuals and jaw-dropping illuminations.

Be inspired by original audio compositions, dynamic choreography and intelligent design. Enjoy a fully accessible route and mouth-watering street food from local vendors.

Address: North Rd, Cardiff CF10 3ER
When? Selected dates from 24th November – 31st December

Christmas at Bute Park

Margam Country Park – Luminate – Wales – Tickets on Sale

Luminate is returning to South Wales this winter for a breathtaking light show with the Margam Country Park Winter Light Trail. 

Prepare to experience a stunning culmination of colours as you stroll along a mesmerising mile-long walk by the historic park and castle. Kids and grown-ups alike will love watching and interacting with the hundreds of lighting displays, that all make for one unforgettable festive feast for the senses.

Be sure to wrap up warm! These are outdoor evening events and will be taking place whatever the weather, come rain or snow. 

  • One mile of installations and lights across a gorgeous display of lights and colours of all kinds. 
  • Festive food and drink at The Courtyard café, offering a selection of takeaway drinks and snacks, as well as some nearby stalls for pizzas, burgers, sausages, chips, brownies and doughnuts. 
  • An enchanting harmony of music and ambience that immerses you into this amazing new world of light. 

Address: Port Talbot SA13 2TJ
When? Selected dates from 22nd November – 27th December


National Botanic Garden on Wales – Luminate – Wales – Tickets on Sale

Luminate is making its second appearance at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this Christmas and the whole family is invited to experience it! 

Begin your journey at Middleton Hall and wander on through the delightful gardens as your senses are captivated by the luminous light trail. 

Be sure to wrap up warm! These are outdoor evening events and will be taking place whatever the weather, come rain or snow.

  • 1.4km of luminous pathways and decorations, with a calming melody of ambience to immerse you along the trail. 
  • Interactive light displays that illuminate the paths you walk along.
  • Food kiosks and takeaway outlets with a selection of treats including hot drinks, brownies, Christmas treats and pizza.

Address: Middleton Hall, Llanarthne SA32 8HN
When? Selected dates from 29th November ’23- 24th January ’24


Best Christmas Light Trails West Midlands

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Luminate – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

Info from last year “Be encapsulated at Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Winter Light Trail this Christmas for an unforgettable night under the lights! 

Gaze and interact with a whole host of light displays and make the most of some delicious treats along the way. 

  • A long walk of lights and music through the natural splendour of the Botanical Gardens
  • A stunning display of light and ambience that immerses you into a world of brightness
  • “Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows!”Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows!

Address: Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR
When? Select dates from 25th November’23 – 2nd January ’24

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Illuminate

Coombe Abbey – Luminate – West Midlands – Tickets on sale

As the darkness of winter sets in, a spectrum of colour and light arises in Coombe Abbey for these Coventry Christmas lights 2023. 

Jump into a world of light as you embark on a trek through one of the most stunning light displays you’ll find this Christmas time. However young or old you are, a walk through Luminate’s Coombe Abbey Winter Light Trail is bound to bring a festive smile to the faces of everyone in the family. 

Be sure to wrap up warm! These are outdoor evening events and will be taking place whatever the weather, come rain or snow. 

  • An approximate 2.4km long walk of lights and music through the historic site of Coombe Abbey
  • A stunning display of light and ambience that immerses you into a world of brightness
  • Up to 13 ‘wow’ moments and highlights that will have you gazing in awe and wonder
  • Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows! 

Address: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire, CV3 2AB

When? 25th November 2023 – 1st January 2024


Warwick Castle – Light Trail – West Midlands – Tickets on sale

Our festive Light Trail returns to illuminate the castle and its grounds, bigger and better than ever before, with impressive new installations and thousands of shimmering lights spread across the iconic castle grounds.  

As dusk arrives, immerse yourself in breathtaking surroundings lit up with larger-than-life illuminations. Wander the beautiful gardens with twinkling trees and projections that light up the sky. Whatever your age, our castle Light Trail is sure to bring the real magic of Christmas to life. 

Address: Castle, Castle Ln, Warwick CV34 4QU

When? 25th November 2023 – 1st January 2024

Best Christmas Events West Midlands

Wolverhampton West Park – Luminate – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.

As darkness descends, embark on an enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the beautiful gardens of West Park. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising almost mile-long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

A timeless experience to be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.

Be sure to wrap up warm! These are outdoor evening events and will be taking place whatever the weather, come rain or snow. 

Address: Wolverhampton, WV1 4PH

When? Selected dates from 1st December – 24th January

Best Christmas Light Trails West Sussex

Leonardslee Gardens – Illuminated – West Sussex – Tickets on sale

As Autumn becomes Winter and dark nights draw in, a powerful magic begins to fill the gardens.

We call this magic ‘Illuminated’ and we invite our guests to walk its trail of wonder, goodwill and cheer.

Each year the trail reveals an ever-changing blend of spellbinding illuminations, projections, music and theatrical performances woven into a festive dream for all to marvel at.

Address: Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PR
When? Selected dates in November and December


Wakehurst – Glow Wild – West Sussex – Tickets on sale

Sussex’s ultimate festive trail is celebrating its tenth anniversary, featuring a never-before-seen route, brand new installations, and packed full of other surprises.

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

With under 4s going free, Glow Wild is the perfect Christmas sensory experience for little ones.

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

Address: Selsfield Rd, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN
When? Selected evenings from the 23rd November 2023 to the 1st January 2024

Glow Wild

Best Christmas Light Trails West Yorkshire – No Trails Confirmed


Best Christmas Light Trails Wiltshire

Longleat – Festival of Light – Wiltshire – Tickets on Sale

This year Longleat’s Festival of Light is centred around ‘Treasured Tales’. Rediscover childhood stories as you make your own magical memories 

Breathtaking lantern displays will feature scenes from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Cinderella; Snow White; The Wizard of Oz; Winnie the Pooh and more. These stories have always been special and this winter Longleat is adding extra sparkle as they are brought to life with spectacular life-size lanterns.

Address: Warminster BA12 7NW
When? Selected dates from 11th November 2023 – 7th January 2024


Stourhead – Christmas Lights – Wiltshire – Tickets on sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Stourhead, Wiltshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover a sea of light stretching out into the distance, larger-than-life crystals suspended in trees and Liquid Sky filling the air with all the colours of the rainbow, just some of the new displays to see this year.

Address: Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QF
When? Selected dates from 24th November – 31st December

Stourhead Christmas Lights

Best Christmas Light Trails Worcestershire

Malvern Showground – Winter Glow – Worcestershire – Tickets on sale

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 for 2023. FREE parking and FREE entry to the Christmas market* and food quarter with your ticket.

Our 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. Our Christmas Light Trail will have a spectacular new theme for you to experience, along with riddles and puzzles for young brains to engage with.

Address: Malvern WR13 6NW
When? 24th November – 6th January 2024

Winter Glow

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