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.
Don’t delay in booking your tickets for these Christmas events happening in 2023. They’re bound to get snapped up fast.
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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.
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Christmas light trails in Bedfordshire
Here are some holiday light trails to check out this season in Bedfordshire:
Stockwood Illuminated at Stockwood Discovery 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 event on the Stockwood website.
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
Christmas at Wrest Park
This 18th-century mansion and it 90 acres of magical gardens are a brand new venue for a Christmas light trail in 2023.
Expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit take over as you immersive yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer.
Christmas at Wrest Park, near Bedford, 1 December to 1 January 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.
Light Trails in Buckinghamshire
Festive illuminated trails for the whole family this Christmas in Buckinghamshire:
Christmas at Waddesdon Manor
Experience a world of festive, musical splendour, as the gardens and exterior of Waddesdon – the Rothschild house in Buckinghamshire – is transformed for Christmas.
This year the Manor will have displays in the house and brand-new light projections on the façade inspired by three classic British tales: Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Pan.
There will also be a Christmas fair from 22 November to 17 December 2023.
Christmas at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 22 November to 1 January 2023
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
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
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 illuminations in Cambridgeshire 2023
Here’s where to find Christmas light trails in Cambridgeshire:
Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights
‘Nature by Night, Nature by Light’ is a beautiful, sensory after-dark journey that will bring Anglesey Abbey to life after dark this year.
A variety of artists and performers are involved including Jeni Cairns, an award-winning artist and garden designer from Cambridgeshire. Her work covers a wide variety of mediums and disciplines including metal work such as welding and oxy acetylene cutting, which has been seen in previous years at Winter Lights.
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, weekends from 17 November to 10 December 2023
Christmas at Wimpole
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.
Cambridge Botanic Lights
Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s will host its first ever winter light trail, bringing life to the garden after dark.
Vibrant colours and Christmassy lights will illuminate iconic features of the garden such as the Fountain, Lake and Glasshouse Range.
Halfway along the trail spectators can warm up with a hot drink and snack from the Garden Café.
Cambridge Botanic Lights, Cambridge University, selected dates from 1 to 22 December 2023.
Christmas light trails in Cheshire in 2023
Find colourful light displays here in Cheshire:
Lights at Bolesworth
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.
Yuletide at Tatton Park
As night falls you’ll find a glittering illuminated trail in the gardens at Tatton Park. The theme of the Yuletide event is folklore, festive tradition and rituals with installations featuring characters and creatures from winter myths and stories.
New for Christmas 2023 is an event in the house: Welcome to Wonderland: The Christmas Mansion!
Step inside Tatton Park and dive down the rabbit hole to find yourself in the magical world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Follow Alice’s footsteps through the Duchess’ Garden, the Queen of Hearts’ grand palace, and on through the amazing Magic Forest.
Tatton Park is also hosting Santa at its farm, a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea and a Christmas craft fair. All events including the Christmas Mansion and light trail are ticketed separately.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, selected dates from 21 November to 31 December 2023
Christmas at Dunham Massey
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.
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
The lantern festival at Chester Zoo is a highlight in its events calendar. This year there will be new captivating light installations that will transport you into enchanting lands filled with colour and festivity.
Meet orangutans, lions, dolphins and woolly mammoths as you’ve never see n them before and colour changing displays stretching as far as the eye can see.
There will also be a walk through the spectacular Winter Cathedral tunnel of lights and a glimpse of Father Christmas in his sleigh.
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester, 17 November to 31 December 2023
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
Enter the Heligan Night Gardens and enjoy an enchanting lantern experience set amidst the atmospheric Lost Gardens.
Explore the Gardens as they are beautifully lit by a variety of traditional paraffin lanterns and discover a breath-taking display of flora and fauna lanterns, illuminated within Heligan’s much-loved and iconic locations.
Heligan Night Gardens, St Austell, selected dates from 17 November 2023 to 2 January 2024.
Tunnel of Lights at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Returning for its fifth year, the Tunnel of Lights is filled to the brim with fun for the whole family, with brilliant experiences returning to start your Christmas time with a bang.
Step into the BRRR-illiant Snow Globe, treat yourself to a delicious festive treat and explore the immersive twinkling tunnels covered in hundreds of thousands of luminous lights.
Shipwreck Museum, Charlestown, selected dates from 25 November to 31 December 2023.
Christmas Light Festival in Trengwainton Garden
See the walled garden and orchard at Trengwainton lit with fairy lights and lanterns made by local schools and local artists.
The lights can be viewed from an accessible trail that’s open for bookable visits over three weekends in December.
Trengwainton, near Penzance, weekends from 1 to 17 December 2023.
Christmas at Eden
Eden’s magnificent Rainforest Biome is being transformed into a tropical wonderland where a unique light and soundscape presentation will explore humanity’s connection to the natural world and encourage visitors to think about what nature means to them.
Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean Biome, live musicians will perform an array of Christmas classics with a 1920s jazz twist.
Setting the scene throughout the Biome will be beautiful twinkling lights, with a spectacular illuminated centrepiece suspended above the Citrus Grove. The thirty-minute live performances will take place at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm on every day the Christmas programme is running.
In addition, Eden’s sparkling ice rink will be dressed to include a special Christmas theme for the season and festive lights will illuminate the journey from the Visitor Centre to the Biomes.
Christmas at Eden, St Austell, selected dates from 1 to 30 December 2023
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.
Details of this year’s event are coming soon.
Enchanted Winter Garden, Antrim, 25 November to 19 December 2023
Illuminated light trails in County Durham
Visit these festive trails in County Durham this season for some family fun:
AGLOW at Auckland Castle
A new one-and-a-half mile long trail will be illuminating the Auckland Castle grounds, including the Deer Park and River Gaunless this winter.
There will also be a Santa’s Village, projections on the caste walls, a sparkling 100 metre-long tunnel of 100,000 stars, dancing light water fountains and life size illuminated deer amongst silk flower lanterns.
Santa’s village will offer festive food and drinks including mulled wine, hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows. There will also be live performances to entertain guests throughout the evening, as well as a vintage fairground rides.
AGLOW at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, 22 November to 31 December 2023
The Plotters’ Forest Enchanted Christmas Trail at Raby Castle
Experience the Enchanted Christmas Trail in The Plotters’ Forest with twinkling lights and Christmas music.
There’s a special treat for all children who complete the trail. Timed entry slots are available during the day and evening.
The Plotters’ Forest Enchanted Christmas Trail, Staindrop, Darlington, selected dates from 18 November to 24 December 2023.
Forest of Light at Beamish Hall
Expect an immersive theatrical experience laid out across Beamish’s ancient woodland. This illuminated experience is accompanied by music, interactive props and projections to dazzle and amaze.
Christmas at Beamish Hall, Stanley, selected dates from 11 November 2023 to 7 January 2024.
Christmas light trails in Derbyshire
These lights trails in Derbyshire will be fun to visit for the whole family:
Christmas at Chatsworth Estate
The gardens at Chatsworth will be decked for the winter season with a captivating light trail and illuminated displays.
This years theme will be announced in September. Head over to the Chatsworth website to find out more.
Christmas in the Garden, Chatsworth Estate, Bakewell, from 4 November 2023 to 7 January 2024
Illuminations in Devon 2023
There’s lots of Christmas light trails in Devon this year:
Glow at RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, North Devon
Make memories this festive season by exploring RHS Rosemoor’s magical trail of light and colour with six uplifting soundscapes to guide you through the garden rooms, woodlands and open spaces.
There will also be family entertainment every night.
Glow at RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, selected dates from 16 November to 30 December 2023
GloWild at Paignton Zoo
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’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
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.
Zooluminate light trail at Dartmoor Zoo
Zooluminate returns bigger and better this winter. Take a wintery walk around the zoo site to see magical illuminations designed by JHAV, the team that brought you The Atlantic Project and Illuminate Festival of Light.
Dartmoor Zoo Supporter members can visit for free.
Zooluminate at Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkford, from 8 December 2023 to 1 January 2024.
2023 Christmas light trails in Dorset
Have an illuminating time at these events:
Christmas lights in Bournemouth
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, 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024.
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.
New displays this year include 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.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 16 November to 30 December 2023.
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
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
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, selected dates from 23 November to 30 December 2023
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
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
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 2023
Enchanted Light Trail at Cotswold Farm Park
This family-friendly illuminated light trail is a wondrous night-time experience taking visitors on a brand-new festive journey around the Farm Park.
The trail showcases marvellous creations, installations and illuminations created especially for the farm by teams of local creative artists, lighting designers and craft-persons.
Along the way, trailgoers will have the chance to meet and feed the farm’s adorable animals as their barns come alive with glistening decorations.
Enchanted Lights Trail, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, selected dates from 24 November to 23 December 2023
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
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
Light 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
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, 8 to 24 December 2023
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
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, 18 November 2023 to 1 January 2024
Christmas at Walmer Castle
The Tudor fortress turned country house is a brand new venue for a Christmas light trail in 2023.
Expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit take over as you immersive yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer.
Christmas at Walmer Castle in Deal, 1 December 2023 to 1 January 2024
Christmas in Lincolnshire in 2023
Here’s where to find Christmas light trails in Lincolnshire:
Christmas light trails at Belton
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, 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.
Christmas at Kenwood House
A sensational light trail with 13 brand new installations will bring a whole new look to the grounds of Kenwood this Christmas.
Enjoy festive food, warming cocktails and a host of brand-new sights and sounds with friends and family this Christmas.
Christmas at Eltham Palace and Gardens
A brand new, interactive light trail is coming to Eltham in 2023 with colour, lights and play brought to you by 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.
Enchanted Eltham, Greenwich, 1 December 2023 to 1 January 2024
Light trail in Manchester
Here’s a light trail for Manchester in 2023:
All-new Christmas at Heaton Park
Christmas at Heaton Park is an all-new event from the creators of Christmas at Kew.
This Manchester-based experience promises a vibrant fairground atmosphere immersed in a display of seasonal lights.
Visitors will discover installations of colour-changing globes, gigantic flower arrangements and neon strings that soar high into the night sky.
Christmas at Heaton Park, Manchester, 1 – 31 December 2023.
Illuminated Trails in Merseyside
The whole family will enjoy visiting any of these festive trails this year in Merseyside:
Enchanted at Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari will once again be transformed into an illuminated wonderland.
This year there’s a new rainbow road, the Knowsley Northern Lights to experience and new animal installations. Keep your eyes peeled for illuminated hippos submerged in natural water features as well as light-up giraffes, penguins, zebras, and polar bears.
The Winter Village is also back for its second year with a technicolour light tunnel and Santa workshop.
Enchanted, Prescot, from 18 November to 30 December 2023
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, from 2 to 31 December 2023
Light trails in Newcastle
Here’s a light trail to check out in Newcastle:
Northern Lights at Leazes Park
Northern Lights is a brand NEW magical Christmas light trail coming to Newcastle’s city centre this winter.
This event takes centre stage at Leazes Park with a showcase of world-class installations, a stunning lakeside spectacle, vintage fairground rides and a bustling Christmas Village featuring local food traders, all fully accessible to buggies, prams and wheelchairs.
Just a short walk from the city’s bustling nightlife, restaurants and amenities, there will be a display of 14 different immersive illuminations in a captivating journey through an array of enchanting zones.
Northern Lights, Leazes Park, 23 November 2023 to 1 January 2024.
Christmas Light Trails in Norfolk
Check out these festive light trails in Norfolk this season:
Enchanted Journey of Light at Thursford
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.
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
A Sparkly Light and Panto Trail at BeWILDerwood
Explore brand new areas of BeWILDerwood as you follow The Sparkly Light Trail through the woods.
Discover silly snowmen, curious Christmas crackers and lots, lots more as you venture through the festivities.
There’s also a short pantomime.
BeWILDerwood Christmas, Hoveton, 2 to 23 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 all new light trail at the Abbey with an array of magical light installations that span over one mile throughout the stunning woodland, walled garden and grounds.
There will also be a selection of local, independent food vendors, an Après Ski bar and kids funfair.
Winter Light Trail, Delapré Abbey, Northampton, 24 November to 31 December 2024
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.
See the Garden come to life like you have never seen it before with fantastic sound and light at this after dark spectacular.
Garden Winter Light Trail, Alnwick, 13 November 2023 to 7 January 2024
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.
This year there are more than 10 new light installations, so even if you’ve visited in previous years there will be somehting new for everyone.
Here’s a taster of what you can expect:
Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 1 December 2023 to 1 January 2024
Christmas trails in Oxfordshire in 2023
Expect plenty of sparkle at this Christmas event in Oxfordshire:
Christmas at Blenheim
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.
Scottish Borders light event
Monteviot Houseis hosting the first lighting and audio spectacle in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
The light and audio show embraces the natural backdrop of Monteviot Gardens, accentuating the beauty of nature itself.
The trail starts at Harestanes Visitor Centre and follows a 1.5km route through beautifully lit gardens and woods. Each step reveals a new spectacle. Follow the illuminated pathway winding through the grounds, leading to a captivating winter fairytale.
Visitors can also enjoy locally sourced food and drink available at the event.
Monteviot Lights, Monteviot House, selected dates from 30 November to 10 December 2023.
Light Trails in Somerset 2023
Here’s where to find some festive light trails in Somerset this Christmas season:
Illuminate at Hestercombe Gardens
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
Christmas Wonderland at 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.
There are also tickets available without a visit to Santa between 27 December 2023 ad 1 January 2024.
Christmas Wonderland, Wells, selected dates from 25 November to 24 December 2023
Christmas light trail in Staffordshire
Here’s where to find illuminations in Staffordshire:
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.
2023 Light Trails in Surrey
Find some festive fun at these light trails in Surrey:
Glow at 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.
Glow at RHS Wisley, 24 November 2023 to 2 January 2024
Christmas light trails in Tyne and Wear 2023
Be illuminated at these light trails in Tyne and Wear:
Norther Lights in Newcastle
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.
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.
Luminate at Coombe Abbey
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, from 26 November 2023 until 2 January 2024
Illuminations in West Sussex
Head here for a Christmas light trail in West Sussex:
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
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
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
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 is back in 2023.
This year’s trail is a 1.5km light spectacular! State-of-the-art lighting effects will be installed throughout the Victorian Gardens, allowing visitors to wander through a magical backdrop of illuminated trees, discovering a trail of remarkable light art sculptures, low-level soundscapes, interactive illuminations and a specially commissioned light show set in the historic Bowl.
Enchanted Garden Light Trail, Town Gardens, Swindon, 2 to 31 December 2023
Illuminated Trails in Worcestershire 2023
There is lots of sparkly fun in Worcestshire this year:
Winter Glow Illuminated Light Trail at Three Counties Showground
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:
Scarborough Lights in Peasholm Park
The brand-new festive event Scarborough Lights promises 14 installations across the seaside town plus a grand drone display over Scarborough Castle accompanied by a bespoke script by Nick Lane, celebrating the town’s vibrant history.
The immersive winter lights trail at Peasholm Park showcases artworks from local and international artists, while St Mary’s Church hosts Flemish artist Peter Snijder’s mesmerising light exhibit.
Scarborough Lights, Peasholm Park, 15 November to 23 December 2023.
Winter Illuminations and Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park
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 and whizz around the ice rink!
Winter Illuminations and Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, 19 November 2023 to 3 January 2024
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.
This year’s Winter Woodland will include a new route and a new theme. The mischievous elves accidentally dropped a sack of presents while flying over Sewerby Hall and Gardens and we urgently need your assistance to locate and recover them.
Winter Wonderland, Bridlington, 8 to 22 December 2023
A Winter Woodland Walk at Mother Shipton’s
Venture deep into the twinkling 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
Christmas in Neverland at Castle Howard
This Christmas, get lost on a magical adventure in Neverland alongside fairies, mermaids, and pirates.
Expect beautiful theatrical installations, stunning projections and immersive soundscapes bringing JM Barrie’s much-loved story and characters to life.
Into the Woods: A Fairytale Christmas, York, from 11 November 2023 to 2 January 2024
Glow at RHS Harlow Carr
Take an enchanting walk at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, marvelling at spectacular light displays along your way.
New for 2023, cross Thaliana Bridge in a rainbow of lights and enjoy playing with family on the illuminated Logness monster.
Glow at RHS Harlow Carr, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, 22 November to 30 December 2023
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.