6 brilliant outdoor Christmas light trails to brighten your wintry weekend

Posted on 13th Dec 2022. In , , , ,


It’s the most wonderful time of the year to stay in and drink mulled wine or get out, visit a UK Christmas market and go see the Christmas light trails near you. We’ve picked six Christmas illuminated trails that are channelling the magic of Christmas at sites across the UK.

Hosted in palaces and botanical gardens, these Christmas lights trails are straight from the pages of a winter fairy tale and feature twinkling lights, glowing flowers, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations. Santa may make an appearance, too – ho, ho, ho. So wrap up in your toastiest clothes and let’s ho, ho, ho.


Selected dates, 16 November 2022 to 8 January 2023

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew’s sell-out Christmas trail is returning to bring a sprinkle of magic to the festive season. The stunning after-dark display features old favourites and brand new installations in an extravaganza of music, artwork and illuminations.

Expect eyes to light up as you take the enchanting winter trail to the panoramic Palm House light display and prepare to be mesmerised by the flickering flames of the fire garden. If you can tear yourself away from the stunning displays, check out the delicious delicacies on offer including hot chocolates and tasty street eats.

Cost: Tickets start at £21.50 for adults

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18 November 2022 to 2 January 2023

The National Trust’s Dunham Massey in Cheshire is home to a gorgeous Georgian house, landscaped garden and an ancient deer park. This Christmas enjoy the sparkling trail as you explore the beautiful festive grounds.

Majestic, sparkling tree canopies, colour-changing lake reflections, tunnels of lights and glittering deer are just a few of the stunning displays you’ll see on this Christmas trail.

Cost: Tickets start at £21 for adults and £13.50 for children.

Pics credit: My Christmas Trails



Friday 18 November – Monday 2 January 2023

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest in Kent is home to a world-leading collection of conifers – could it get much more Christmassy than that? This year, its glittering after-dark Christmas trail returns for seasonal surprises including over one million lights and fabulously colourful illuminations.

Also watch out for Father Christmas as you explore the woods and waterside displays. Finish the trail in cosy style with a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Cost: Tickets start at £20 for adults and £13.50 for children.

Pics credit: My Christmas Trails



18th November 2022 – 2nd January 2023

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire will be lit in full glory this year as its popular Christmas Light Trail returns more breath-taking than ever before – giving you the perfect excuse for a weekend in Oxford.

Wrap up and wander under Christmas canopies between the trees, decorated with baubles and stars; grab a mulled wine or hot chocolate and stroll through colour-changing illuminations including larger than life arches of light in this truly magnificent setting.

To bring even more festive cheer to your hearts, this year Blenheim Palace is offering a second festive event inside the Palace itself. The Kingdom of the Snow Queen will unfold in this historic building with each room in the Palace exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises – a truly unforgettable experience! Please note that this is a separate event and will require an additional ticket.

Cost:Tickets start at £22.50 for adults and £16 for children.

Stay: The Harcourt Arms in Harcourt Stanton or the Royal Oak in Ramsden are lovely Oxfordshire pubs with rooms that come with a cosy Christmas vibe.

Pics credit: My Christmas Trails



Selected dates from 24 November 2022 to 1 January 2023

Head to Belton House in Lincolnshire for a spellbinding after-dark Christmas trail around its formal estate and gardens. This National Trust 17th-century country house is beautiful all year round but extra special at Christmas with its festive illuminations.

Follow the Christmas trail and lose yourself in a magical wonderland of natural beauty and carefully curated light displays that will transport you to another world – you might even be lucky enough to spot Father Christmas on your travels!

Cost: Tickets start at £20 for adults and £14 for children.

Pics credit: My Christmas Trails



25 November 2022 to 1 January 2023

Stourhead, Wiltshire, is famous for its stunning gardens, which appeared in Pride and Prejudice (2005). And now, for the second year running, this wonderful  National Trust stately home has a Christmas trail that’s not to be missed.

Wander through trees wrapped in lights, see glowing reflections dance on the famous lake and be utterly spellbound by the music and light combinations that flood these stunning grounds with festive magic.

Cost: Tickets start at £20 for adults and £14 for children.

Pics credit: My Christmas Trails


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