Top 10 Christmas Displays in UK
There are so many magical things to see and do this Christmas time, get all the family involved and plan a visit to some of these amazing Christmas lights displays based right here in the UK, perfect for any age. There is a real mixture of types of events showcasing art displays, impressive light shows, Christmas tree trails and much, much more, below is a list of our top ten. There is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget, so you can find that festive feeling anywhere in the country!
1) Kew Gardens London
A one mile path winds through the glittering gardens at Kew to create this truly magical exhibition. Set in the famous botanical gardens at Kew there are endless eye catching displays to see and share with all your family and friends. A perfect way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit it includes the Tunnel of Lights, dancing illuminated fountains and a traditional festive fair.
Tickets for this event are on sale now, so book early to avoid disappointment! It opens on 25th November and runs through to 2nd January from 5pm to 10pm. A family ticket to Kew at Christmas costs £48 if you buy in advance (or adults £16 and children 4-16 £10 in advance), a little more of a pricier option, but still definitely worth a visit this Christmas. Check out the website for all booking details and for more information regarding Christmas at Kew.
2) Mousehole Harbour Lights, Cornwall
The first Christmas Light Display at Mousehole Harbour was held in 1963 so is in its 52nd year! The switch on this year on 12th December year will include and open-air Carolaire service to the North of the Quay. This event boasts stunning lighting displays both in the water and around the surrounding streets, the village is ablaze with light and colour and leaves visitors with so much to explore. In the harbour itself there is so much to see, then take a walk around the village’s winding streets to discover something new around every corner. This event is also dog friendly to a perfect opportunity to get everyone out of the house and wrap up warm on a chilly winter’s night. The parking at the harbour is very limited to plan ahead and arrive early. The main event begins on 13th December and runs until 2nd January, it is a free event but a collection is taken around town to help pay for next year’s events.
3) Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Light installations created by artist Bruce Munro inspired by his interest in shared human experiences. The displays fill the gardens with impressive and imaginative light works for the third year in a row.
This is an outdoor trail so wrap up warm! Open from 12th November to 4th January there’s plenty of time to fit a visit into your Christmas schedule.
Prices are £8.00 Adult, £4.00 Child, and £20 for a Family Ticket which is great value, there is loads to see if you’re in the area it’s definitely worth a visit!
4) Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
At this event you can expect possibly the most stunning displays of Christmas trees you’ve ever seen! A mile long trail is lit up in unique ways each year, meaning regular visitors won’t be disappointed. Santa Claus is also there, an obvious main attraction for the children, along with Christmas fairies, choirs, stilt walkers and much more! With lots of festive food and drink on offer to tempt the taste buds, there really is something for everyone.
The event runs from 28th November to 19th December, keep an eye out on the website from October for times, prices and booking details. (2014 prices Adults £10 and £5). This event is great value for money so get all the family together this year and enjoy some Christmas fun in Gloucestershire.
5) Christmas at Calke, Derbyshire
Belonging to the National Trust the beautiful Calke Abbey hosts a wonderful Christmas light display each year, celebrating the festive season throughout the centuries. There is also a candle lit tree trail up to the church to enjoy. Keep an eye on the Calke Abbey website for upcoming information regarding prices, times and other essential information to make sure your visit to Derbyshire is one to remember! In 2014 this event was held in the weekends of December before Christmas and family tickets for just £12. Why not make a day trip of it? There is lots to see and do around the house and grounds and well as great options for food and drink, then continue your family day out into the evening to enjoy the enchanting lights on display around the premises.
6) Oxford Street Christmas Lights
There is nothing like the hustle and bustle and the magic of London at Christmas to get you in the mood for the festive season. Plan a visit to the dazzling light of Oxford Street for the perfect winter trip. There are so many fantastic displays to see on the famous shopping high street. Decorations and enchanting Christmas lights cover shop fronts, of course it is free to see this event, and a perfect destination to get some of your last minute Christmas shopping too! With so much to do in the city centre such as a trip to the theatre, outdoor ice skating as well as seeing all the well-known attractions, why not a Christmassy weekend of it?
7) Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, West Yorkshire
The award winning Christmas Adventure is returning again this year from October 21st right up to 4th January. There is so much the take in and enjoy with the whole family including outdoor ice-skating, a forest trail of illuminated sculptures, as well as a maze and Santa’s Grotto, to name but a few. Stockeld Park really is ‘where magic is made and the adventures begin’. Bring the whole family for a great day out with something for everyone, adults and children alike! With the Woodland Café on site as well the Gift Emporium everything is there that you will need for a fantastic and memorable day out. The perfect Christmas experience can be found in West Yorkshire, a family ticket costing just £42 and can be booked easily online.
8) Shakespeare's Birthplace Light Show, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Celebrate Christmas in the home town of William Shakespeare himself with impressive light and sound displays projected onto his house. A six minute tour will take you on a magical journey through history and through some of Shakespeare’s work, with traditional Tudor music as an accompaniment. When the tour concludes and you’re asking for more, there is a chance of a candlelit tour of the house. One of the best parts of this event is that it is free of charge unless you are taking the house tour, so bring all the family and wrap up warm for a unique and educational experience in this beautiful setting this Christmas.
9) Chrismas Lights Festival, Oxford
The Christmas Lights Festival is a weekend long celebration, jam packed with varied exciting events to kick off the festive season. The list of events will go live on the website on oxfordchristmas.com (so keep an eye out), so your family can organise your Christmas itinerary to make the most of the occasion. You can expect live performances, dazzling lighting displays of course, outdoor ice skating, ice sculpting, arts and crafts, yummy festive food and drink and much more, there really are surprises around every corner. Wrap up warm as there is a mixture of both indoor and outdoor activities.
10) Standen, West Sussex
One of the most magical and festive displays in the UK, this garden of lights tells the story of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker through the famous music, impressive light displays and words. All set in a beautiful lavender garden filled with candles, lanterns and Christmas trees, and even an exciting opportunity to meet The Sugar Plum Fairy! A completely enchanting event for both children and adults alike, what better way to kick of Christmas? Keep checking online for this year’s prices and information (2014 prices - Adults £6, child £3, family £15).