Light Trails Near Me

a bright light archway with groups of families walking under

When the dark winter nights inch ever closer and the streets get quieter, there’s only one thing that makes everything just a bit more sparklier… Light trails! Winter means dazzling decorations of bright and colourful light displays that are sweeping grounds creating enchanting trails! There’s nothing more magical to surprise your kids with. So, we’re here to let you in on the best ‘light trails near me‘.

Light Trails in Scotland

pirate themed light trail

Spectacle of Light, Dalkeith Country Park

Arrr you ready for a pirate-themed light trail? This is certainly for the kids as they embark on a treasure hunt under a night sky illuminated under the stars. But that’s not even the best part…

The Spectacle of Light will have them exploring a pirate’s map, searching for gold through twinkling tunnels of light, zooming down spectacular slides and more magical light displays.

Of course, your little pirates need some grub to eat. Think roasted marshmallows, hot chocs and mulled wine for the adults too!

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Dalkeith Country Park,
Via King’s Gate,
Dalkeith,
Edinburgh,
EH22 1ST

Opening Times

2nd - 4th, 7th - 11th, 14th - 23rd and 27th - 31st December 2022
16:30 - 19:00

Pricing

Advance tickets:
Adult £21.60
Child £10.80
Family £57.60

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mother and daughter walking through a light trail

Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Discover an after-dark illuminated trail, as you explore formal gardens decked up beautifully!

You’ll find over a million twinkling lights and ambient music playing in the air. Walk-through sparkling tunnels of light, wonderful waterside reflections, and glistening trees drenched in a jewel-like colour.

It’ll truly feel like Christmas here in this fantastical wonderland full of festive displays and magic.

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
Arboretum Pl,
Edinburgh,
EH3 5NZ

Opening Times

17th November - 30th December 2022
16:15 - 20:00

Pricing

Book online only:
Adult £21.50
Child (4-16) £15.00
Child (0-3) Free

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Light Trails in the North East

alnwick garden

Christmas Trail, Alnwick Garden

During this dark and wintery season, head to Alnwick Garden for an illuminated light trail guaranteed to brighten up your day! Expect dazzling fairy lights, festive tunes and a totally immersive experience as you explore the gardens on this enchanting journey. Walk through sparkling tunnels, admire awe-inspiring illuminations and enjoy the mesmerising trail with your kids and enjoy a family evening out!

Feeling peckish? Why not stop off for a festive afternoon tea? Nibble on a crisp mince pie and cheers a flute of champagne to mark the start of the festive period!

Receive a magical warm welcome from Santa and his mischievous elves as you visit him in his festive treehouse grotto. Share your wish list and collect an early Christmas treat, but only if you’ve made his good list!

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The Alnwick Garden,
Denwick Lane,
Alnwick,
NE66 1YU

Opening Times

26th November 2022 - 8th January 2023

Pricing

Tickets from £10.50

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a tree lit up with bright lights

Christmas at Gibside, Newcastle

Set your sights on a light experience like no other. The magic is back bigger than ever at National Trust’s Gibside.

You’ll feast your eyes on over a million twinkling lights in this magical after-dark experience. Discover sparkling light tunnels, festive music and giant baubles. As you walk past trees decked up in festive lights. Not forgetting the enchanted historic garden which was show flickering flames and larger-than-life illuminations.

The best of Christmas starts here!

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Near Rowlands Gill,
Gateshead,
Tyne & Wear,
NE16 6BG

Opening Times

1st December 2022 - 1st January 2023

Pricing

Tickets from £14.00

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Light Trails in the North West

giraffe projections on a building

The Lanterns, Chester Zoo

Set yourself on a journey to discover your favourite animals as stunning light displays on a lantern trail.

With different distant lands to explore, you’ll find all sorts of multi-coloured animals. Like polar bears, luminescent lions, flying dragonflies and giant lotus flowers! Each land is drenched in twinkling lights and fantastical illuminations and seasonal colour, all set to create enchanting moments.

Not forgetting Father Christmas and his reindeer spreading Christmas joy too! Afterwards, wander through the Christmas market and indulge in a few treats. Go on… you know you want to.

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Moston Rd,
Upton,
Chester,
CH2 1EU

Opening Times

Selected dates from 11th November to 23rd December 2022

Pricing

Adult £15.00
Child £12.00

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blackpool illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool

A classic childhood memory is what we call Blackpool Illuminations. Everyone remembers their first time and it’s time to pass it on to your kids too! And there’s no better time than during the Christmas season!

Bring your kids along to witness the world-famous light display that stretches for 6 miles! Not forgetting the Blackpool Tower projections, featuring festive-filled stories, sci-fi projections and an enchanting story of the Frost Fairies!

A timeless experience that will create marvellous memories for the whole family. Are you ready for a magical journey through Blackpool?

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332 Promenade,
Blackpool,
FY1 1HB

Opening Times

2nd September 2022 to 2nd January 2023

Pricing

Free

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Light Trails in the Midlands

a blue and green light archway with a couple underneath

Malvern Winter Glow, Worcestershire

Prepare to embark on a festive experience through a magical wonderland with a brand new theme – A Christmas Odyssey!

Jump for joy with festive cheer as you witness the winter lights, illuminated installations and spectacular backdrops, brightening up your night.

You can also solve riddles and puzzles as you go along the Christmas light trail. Help Jingle the head Elf locate 5 missing elves and a mysterious message. Will you be able to find them?

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Three Counties Showground,
Malvern,
Worcestershire,
WR13 6NW

Opening Times

25th November to 2nd January

Pricing

Adult £22.00
Child (3-16) £12.00
Child (0-2) free

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group of people under dangling pink lights

Luminate Birmingham, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Not everything is doom and gloom when the dark nights descend. Because this is where dazzling displays and glowing paths come out to play.

At the Botanical Gardens, you’ll be captivated by the winter light trail as you wander through an almost mile-long trail in the beautiful grounds. Set with spellbinding illuminations, magical soundscapes and festive light play!

It’s a timeless experience that everyone will enjoy. Whether you’re young or just young at heart!

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Westbourne Rd,
Birmingham,
B15 3TR

Opening Times

26th November 2022 to 2nd January 2023
16:45 to 20:00

Pricing

Monday to Wednesday
Adult £15.00
Child £11.00

Thursday to Sunday £19.50
Child £14.50

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Light Trails in the South East

RHS Wisley lit up

Let It Glow, RHS Garden Wisley

Have you ever seen something so spectacular? A brand new enchanting trail through the garden, past the canal, through Wisteria Walk and the Glasshouse, where the entire house will be illuminated!

The light display is bigger than ever, with more light, fire and fountain displays than before. Bringing the night to life with its incredible glow trail and winter garden!

Perfect for families wishing to bring a bit of sparkle to their evenings!

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RHS Garden Wisley,
Woking,
Surrey,
GU23 6QB

Opening Times

17th November 2022 - 8th January 2023

Pricing

Adult £15.95
Child (5-16) £10.95
Child (under 5) free

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a family walking under a bright archway

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent

Bring your friends and family along for an after-dark trail set to illuminate the darkest nights.

Discover magnificent trees decked up in millions of twinkling lights, and listen out for seasonal sounds filling the air. Walk through sparkling tunnels of light, and pass individual fire lights ablaze in the fire garden and dancing reflections from the water. You’ll be truly amazed by this magical trail.

Don’t forget about the festive treats like roasted chestnuts and toasted marshmallows to spiced mulled wine and more!

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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest,
Lady Oak Lane,
Goudhurst,
TN17 2SJ

Opening Times

18th November 2022 - 2nd January 2023
16:30 - 20:00

Pricing

Adult from £21.50
Child (3-16) £14.50
Child (0-2) free

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Light Trails in the South West

westonbirt santa light trail

Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt

A brand new illuminated trail experience that is different from the rest.

The elves have made their way to the arboretum all set to decorate the majestic trees with twinkling lights. But it seems like they’re behind schedule… Will they be able to finish decorating the trail in time for Father Christmas to arrive?

A chaotic trail that will have you in hilarious stitches as you witness the commotion as the playful Elves run around. You may even join in to help…

Discover this lights trails with a twist! Don’t forget to munch on some seasonal refreshments while you’re there!

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Westonbirt,
The National Arboretum,
Tetbury,
GL8 8QS

Opening Times

25th November to 21st December 2022
16:00 - 21:30

Pricing

Adults £19.00
Child (3-16) £11.00
Child (0-2) free

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eden project biome

Christmas at the Eden Project, Cornwall

Welcome to an all-new immersive light trail. Packed with music, fabulous displays of illumination and more.

But the best is yet to come when you explore the biomes! Their spectacular plants and natural flora are set to be dressed in festive colour lights with a backdrop of orchestra music. With this multi-sensory experience, everyone is sure to be in a festive mood and filled with Christmas spirit!

Then to finish the night, head over to meet Father Christmas and his newest helper Elfie! Not forgetting a glide around the sparkling ice rink!

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Eden Project,
Bodelva, Cornwall,
PL24 2SG

Opening Times

2nd to 30th December 2022

Pricing

Adult £32.50
Child £11.00

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Light Trails in Wales

a neon bright spiral light trail

Festival of Light, Bute Park

Christmas at Bute Park will be an enchanting experience as you witness the stunning light displays in the dark.

The historic grounds will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Set with breathtaking illuminations, sculptures and special effects (like a laser garden!). There are brand new sights to set your eyes on, as the spectacular light trail takes you to the light canyon. Where you’ll see a thousand twinkling stars through the Starlit Boulevard.

A walk through an enchanted garden of light is just what you need for a dazzling Christmas.

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North Rd,
Cardiff,
CF10 3ER

Opening Times

24th November 2022 – 1st January 2023

Pricing

Adult £19.50
Child £13.95

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a neon pink archway tunnel

Luminate Wales, Margam Country Park

An incredible illuminated light trail full of whimsy, wonder and a multi-sensory experience for all to enjoy. Weave through the trail on an enchanting journey as you take in the stunning light displays and the fabulous interactive exhibits for the kids!
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Port Talbot,
SA13 2TJ

Opening Times

17 November 2022 to 2 January 2023

Pricing

Monday - Wednesday
Adult: £15.00
Child: £11.00

Thursday - Sunday
Adult: £19.50
Child: £14.50

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Light Trails in Northern Ireland

a tree decorated with hundreds of lights

Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Explore dazzling tunnels of light, giant baubles and Christmas decorations, glistening trees decked in jewel-like colour and so much more.

This winter trail will have you pausing for a moment of reflection as you peer into the lakeside reflections of dancing flames in the fire garden.

Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way! And enjoy some festive food too.

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The Square,
Hillsborough,
BT26 6GT

Opening Times

1st December 2022 to 1st January 2023

Pricing

Adult £22.00 (with parking)
Child £15.00

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We hope you’ve find the best place for ‘light trails near me’, for that added sparkle this Christmas. From twinkling tunnels and illuminated displays of animal lanterns to giant baubles and glistening lakes. It’s the perfect family evening adventure that is sure to get everyone fully into the Christmas spirit and it’s a sure way to brighten your winter season!

Looking for more things to do this winter? We’ve got everything you need. From exploring Christmas lights in London and Christmas activities to visiting Santa in his grotto! Check out all the magical events and sparkly Christmas cheer we have for you to explore!

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