7 Magical Christmas Light Trails To Explore

Lifestyle
13th October 2023

Savvy Christmas lovers know now is the time to book tickets to the best winter hotspots – from ice rinks to Christmassy hotels – and a raft of light shows will be heading across the UK again this winter. Back for 2023, they promise to be better than ever.

Here we’ve rounded up the best Christmas light trails worth visiting this winter.

London Christmas Light Trails

Enchanted Eltham Palace

The South East London parkland surrounding the ancient palace will be awash with colour as the lights, and sounds when the trail arrives in December.

Along with the lights, expect traditional fairground rides and a Christmas shop flogging all manner of Yuletide fare, from traditional toys to ‘award-winning food and drink’.

Where: Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE (or SE9 5NP if you’re using Sat Nav)
When: 1st December to 1st January
Book: www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

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Christmas At Kew

Form an orderly Kew… The Christmas lights at Kew Gardens are famously enchanting as the world-renowned gardens are transformed from a floral delight into a light-infused sensation.

The mile-and-a-half trail sees visitors walk the famous Treetop Walkway, lit into a dazzling waterfall and traverse the Tunnel of Light, with its thousands of pea-lights suspended from shimmering ribbons.

The crescendo of the experience is Kew’s instantly recognisable Palm House. The Victorian glasshouse that houses over 1,500 species of plant will be lit up with lasers, rainbow colours, light beams and water jets, all set to a medley of Christmas songs.

As you’d expect, there are also food and drink options (enjoy churros or roasted chestnuts around a fire pit).

Where: Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
When: 15th November to 7th January
Website: www.kew.org

The Luminaze

Get lost in the lights through this fun, family-friendly light maze. This thrilling maze will take you on a magical and festive journey with state-of-the-art neon installations and a specially curated soundscape. You do not want to miss out on their show-stopping installation, The Hourglass, which is an audio-visual sculpture designed to deliver stories through animations and audio.

Head on over to Wembley Park to experience this amazing, one-of-a-kind Christmas light maze… and did we mention it’s free.

Where: Samovar Space, Olympic Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, UK
When: 2 December to 2 January
Website: www.wembleypark.com

 

Christmas At Kenwood

This enchanted light trail is back for another year, bringing colours, lights, and an interactive play aspect alive. Kenwood will hold 13 new installations and immerse you in some seasonal cheer. Not only will the lights enthral you, but so will their festive food and warming cocktails that will surely add some sparkle to the experience.

Where: Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR
When: 1 December to 1 January
Website: www.christmasatkenwood.com

UK Light Trails Worth Visiting

 

Glow at Wakehurst

Glow Wild is located at the Wakehurst Botanical Gardens in Sussex and it is sure worth the drive.

This year they have brought a whole new experience for us Christmas light trail lovers, featuring beautiful hand-crafted winter lanterns and captivating light installations.

Where: Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN
When: 23 November to 1 January
Website: www.kew.org

Windsor Illuminated

Head on over to Windsor to be captivated by this light show where the woodland and water at the park come alive.

Follow along the path to get taken to a world filled with colour as mythical creatures, sparkles of fireflies and dancing fairies greet your eyes.

If the lights weren’t tempting enough, the refreshments and treats are just as delightful as the show itself, from mulled wine to hot cocoa.

Where:The Crown Estate Windsor Great Park SL4 2HT
When: 16 November to 2 January
Website: www.windsorilluminated.com

Blenheim Palace

Our last stop on our list is at the gorgeous Blenheim Palace with its magical Christmas light trail.

During this fun and festive escape, you can enjoy, heart-shaped arches glittering in the moonlight, glowing tunnels filled with stars and an eight-metre sphere filled with over 20,000 moving lights. This stop is perfect for a date night or some family fun.

Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP
When: 17 November to 1 January
Website: www.blenheimpalace.com


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