As Christmas draws ever closer and the festive cheer really starts to settle in, what better way to celebrate the season than with a relaxing walk through some of the most beautiful light displays that the United Kingdom has to offer? All the way from Scotland down to the South of England, we’ve got twelve of the best light displays to get you and your family in the seasonal mood and create some memories that you’ll still be talking about for many Christmases to come.
1. Anglesey Abbey
Where: Anglesey Abbey, Quy Rd, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EJ
When: 3-5 December, 10-12 December, 17-19 December
Although Anglesey Abbey hasn’t made any official announcements for their 2021 Winter Lights yet, previous installations have included film projectors, live musicians, shadow theatres and glowing characters along the 1.2-mile route, so expectations are high.
Find out more about Anglesey Abbey at Christmas on their website.
2. Belton House
Where: Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32, 2LW
When: Every weekend between 25th November 2021 – 22nd January 2022
Price: Adult: £20.00, Child – £14.00, Family of 4 – £74.00
This year, Belton House has promised beautiful waterside reflections, light tunnels, a fire garden, huge illuminations, and Santa – what more do you need at Christmas? Perfect for families, Belton House caters to everyone and aims to impress all ages.
Take a look at Christmas at Belton House here.
3. Blenheim Palace
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
When: 19th November – 2nd January 2022
Price: Adult – £22.50, Child – £16.00, Family of 4 – £74.00
Blenheim Palace is bringing back it’s seasonal music, lasers and lights this year, but it’s the new addition that will tempt you. Specially for 2021, each room of the palace has been transformed. From a toymaker’s workshop on a cold Christmas Eve through to the candy-cane filled Kingdom of Sweets, they’ve transformed the palace to recreate the infamous Christmas story The Nutcracker – and it’s a reimagining that you don’t want to miss.
For more about Blenheim Palace’s Christmas trail, have a look here.
4. Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest
Where: Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ
When: 19th November – 2nd January 2022
Price: Adult – £20.00, Child – £13.50, Family of 4 – £72.00
With their tunnel of colour changing light still proudly taking centre stage, Bedgebury are gearing up for one of their best light displays with hundreds of colourful boats on their lake and a fantastic water fountain finale with dancing jets of light and classic Christmas songs. Traditional Victorian fair rides, hot chocolate and a fire for toasting marshmallows await at the end of this mile long trail, making it the perfect place for kids and adults alike.
Have a look at Bedgebury’s Christmas plans on their website.
5. Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Where: Leonardslee, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PR
When: 25th November – 22nd December 2021
Price: Adult – £16.00, Child – £8
Promising a theatrical visit, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens offers an hour and a half’s walk through the Grade I listed landscape, with projections, illuminations, music, and actors performing throughout the trail. Follow this up with a wander around their Christmas market and some festive food and drink to finish the night off in the right seasonal way.
Check out Leonardslee’s website for more.
Where: Stourhead, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QF
When: 26th November – 2nd January 2022
Price: Adult – £12.00, Child – £14.00, Family of 4 – £74.00
Transforming their majestic gardens with over a million lights of every shape and colour, a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, water sculptures and origami creatures, Stourhead guarantee a delight for people of all ages with their ambitious trail for 2021.
Take a look at here for more.
7. Stockeld Park
Where: Stockeld Park, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
When: 21st November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
Price: £15.00 per person
Take a walk through the almost mile long woodland trail that Stockeld Park are bedazzling with exciting animations, bewitching sound effects and illuminating light fixtures to make this Christmas special. Suitable for all ages, Stockeld Park promise a night full of enchantment and wonder that lights up their Grade-I listed country house in a way children will never forget.
More about Stockeld Park’s Christmas trail can be found on their website.
8. Dunham Massey
Where: Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4SJ
When: 19th November – 2nd January 2022
Price: Adult – £21.00, Child – £13.50
Promising a bright, brilliant time, Dunham Massey is bringing glittering deer, beautiful waterside views, over a million lights and Christmassy sounds that stretch across the 90-minute trail especially for 2021. Soak up the magical atmosphere throughout the tunnels of light and the laser shows, and
keep your eyes peeled for Father Christmas, who’s promised to make the rounds when he’s not too busy in the workshop.
Find out more about Christmas at Dunham Massey here.
9. Chester Zoo
Where: Chester Zoo, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU
When: 12th November – 23rd December 2021
Price: Adult – £13.00, Child – £11.00
Back for another enchanting year, Chester are transforming their zoo into a shimmering winter wonderland, brimming with seasonal cheer, animal shaped illuminations and spectacularly dressed up characters. Finished up with light shows, otherworldly scenes, and festive food, this 60-minute trail is a treat for all the family.
For more about Chester Zoo’s Christmas, have a look at their website.
10. Kew Gardens
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
When: 17th November 2021 – 9th January 2022
Price: Adult – Peak: £26.50, Off-Peak: £21.50, Child – Peak – £16.50, Off-peak: £14.00, Family of 4 – Peak: £76, Off-peak: £65.00
Witness the famous Palm House bedecked out especially for the festive season at Kew Gardens, which promises larger-than-life illuminations, a flickering flame garden and independent vendors offering festive sweet treats by the lit-up waterside. Guaranteeing a cosy family-fun adventure beneath the stars, the season doesn’t get brighter than at Kew Gardens.
Check out the Kew Garden’s website here.
11. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden
Where: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ
When: 25th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022
Price: Adult – £20.00, Child £14.00, Family of 4 – £66.00
Alight cherry blossom trees and the glimmering Cathedral of Light are going to be blessing Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens this year, and it’s something you and your family don’t want to miss. With projected displays, gardens of shaped illuminations, baubles hanging from every branch, and a positively sparkling winter wonderland, Edinburgh’s Gardens are offering a festive adventure for all ages.
Have a look at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden Christmas trail on their website.
12. Margam Country Park
Where: Margam Country Park, Neath, Port Talbot, South Wales, SA13 2TJ
When: 18th November 2021 – 24th December 2021
Price: Adult – £15.00 – £17.00, Child – £11.00 – £13.00, Family of 4 – £48.00 – £56.00
Following on from a spectacular sold-out debut trail in 2019, Illuminate is back in Margam Country Park for a guaranteed captivating night. Mixing the historic gardens into their enchanting light journey, Luminate are promising a mile long walk surrounded by festive projections, captivating water shows and even a few fun games along the way that will charm the whole family.
For more on Margam Country Park’s light trail, take a look here.
The majority of these light displays require pre-booking, so it’s essential to check the websites before you decide where to go and that you are in time for your pre-booked slot to avoid any disappointment. We wish you a merry and safe time wherever you decide to go this Christmas, and hope that these enlightening trails will keep you brimming with festive cheer long after you leave the lights behind.
If you’re inspired by all these beautiful lights and want to create your own Christmas light show, have a look at our outdoor Christmas lights. From flashing multi-coloured LEDs to beautiful, connectable icicle lights, we’ve got you covered for going to town on your house this festive season.