5 Magical UK Christmas Light Trails

12 December 2022

We all love a little sparkle this time of year, and as the nights get darker earlier, we find ourselves turning to festive lights to make us feel all warm and cosy. Outdoor lights have become something of a sought after Christmas experience tradition for many of us, so here we’ve carefully selected some magical Christmas light experiences in the UK.

Christmas at Hever Castle, Kent
Pictured above: Hever Castle

Hever Castle, Kent
The entire family will enjoy this light spectacular as you explore the grounds and walk freely underneath the stars. Starting at 4pm so you can truly bask in the illuminating magic, this trail also features exciting kids game stalls and food vendors that help make it a festive memory that you will all be talking about for years to come. 

Christmas as Kew Gardens, London UK
Pictured above: Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, London
One of the very first, and still one of the best light displays. Follow the trail on this 60-90 minute experience as you explore the wonder of Kew Gardens as it glitters and sparkles. From a fairy light tunnel, to a truly incredible water fountain projection display, and not forgetting a spectacular music and light show which lights up the entire Palm and Temperate Greenhouses, it really is one not to be missed.

Snow Queen at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire UK
Pictured above: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
A glorious country estate, Blenheim is an already magnificent setting for a light display. Combine that with uplit columns, a kaleidoscope of colours, and fields of fire, you are in for a real treat. The trail is lit up to show you the grounds as you’ve never seen them before, but the true magic is inside the palace itself which is converted into the Kingdom of the Snow Queen, and you’ll find a festive market outside to truly give you the Christmas experience. 

Christmas at Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Pictured Above: Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Trees drenched in captivating colour, lakeside illuminations, and fairy lit tunnels await you as you wander through this 90 minute trail. There are some steep sections so do take your walking shoes but you’ll be delighted that there are a few food stalls on the way to help you fuel up.

Christmas at Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent UK
Pictured above: Bedgebury PInetum

Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
Bedgbury is one of the UK’s favourite light experiences thanks to its vast expanse of space that gets cleverly designed to scatter sparkle and fairy lights into every possible corner and every single tree, to truly light up this already picturesque conservation project. Grab your wellies and get stuck into all that the trail has to offer, you’ll be amazed at the music and light extravagance that awaits you. 


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