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
Spectacle of Light, Dalkeith Country Park
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!
Dalkeith Country Park,
Via King’s Gate,
2nd - 4th, 7th - 11th, 14th - 23rd and 27th - 31st December 2022
16:30 - 19:00
Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, Edinburgh
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.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
17th November - 30th December 2022
16:15 - 20:00
Book online only:
Child (4-16) £15.00
Child (0-3) Free
Light Trails in the North East
Christmas Trail, Alnwick Garden
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!
The Alnwick Garden,
26th November 2022 - 8th January 2023
Tickets from £10.50
Christmas at Gibside, Newcastle
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!
Near Rowlands Gill,
Tyne & Wear,
1st December 2022 - 1st January 2023
Tickets from £14.00
Light Trails in the North West
The Lanterns, Chester Zoo
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.
Selected dates from 11th November to 23rd December 2022
Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool
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?
2nd September 2022 to 2nd January 2023
Light Trails in the Midlands
Malvern Winter Glow, Worcestershire
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?
Three Counties Showground,
25th November to 2nd January
Child (3-16) £12.00
Child (0-2) free
Luminate Birmingham, Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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!
26th November 2022 to 2nd January 2023
16:45 to 20:00
Monday to Wednesday
Thursday to Sunday £19.50
Light Trails in the South East
Let It Glow, RHS Garden Wisley
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!
RHS Garden Wisley,
17th November 2022 - 8th January 2023
Child (5-16) £10.95
Child (under 5) free
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent
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!
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest,
Lady Oak Lane,
18th November 2022 - 2nd January 2023
16:30 - 20:00
Adult from £21.50
Child (3-16) £14.50
Child (0-2) free
Light Trails in the South West
Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt
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!
The National Arboretum,
25th November to 21st December 2022
16:00 - 21:30
Child (3-16) £11.00
Child (0-2) free
Christmas at the Eden Project, Cornwall
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!
2nd to 30th December 2022
Light Trails in Wales
Festival of Light, Bute Park
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.
24th November 2022 – 1st January 2023
Luminate Wales, Margam Country Park
17 November 2022 to 2 January 2023
Monday - Wednesday
Thursday - Sunday
Light Trails in Northern Ireland
Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
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.
1st December 2022 to 1st January 2023
Adult £22.00 (with parking)
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!