Christmas Days Out Ideas

The Best Places to See Twinkling Christmas Lights

Written by Martine Somerville

Twinkling lights shining so bright
Here are some places to see them alight.
Christmas time is so nearly here
What a wonderful festive time of the year!

 Festival of Light, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire

Until 6th January 2019
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In addition to the usual wonderful attractions, Longleat has to offer, visit with all the family this Christmas and see the dazzling singing Christmas tree with fairy tale characters that will entertain you with a beautiful story that comes to life. As darkness descends see Europe’s largest ever display of magical Chinese lanterns with a very special theme this year of ‘Fantastic Voyage’. See amazing scenes, creatures, structures and so much more! Book here:

After Dark at ZSL London Zoo, London

22nd Nov – 1st Jan

Long after all the animals have turned in for the night visitors can enjoy a seasonal extravaganza of illuminations and tunnels of twinkling lights in a myriad of colours. Look out for festive surprises including Father Christmas, Singing Trees and colourful fountains. Find out more.

 The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

Until 7th January 2019

Christmas has arrived in Yorkshire. As darkness falls see this beautiful park sparkle with thousands of pretty twinkling lights in it’s illuminated Enchanted Forest! There are plenty of activities to watch and join in with, including ice skating, Nordic Ski, a maze and so much more. You will even get to meet Santa if you have been good! Find out more.

 Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Until 18th December

Wrap up in your winter warmers and wellies to enjoy a fantastic one-mile illuminated trail with beautiful trees lit up against the winter night sky. Father Christmas will be there to welcome the little ones with storytelling and there are festive crafts on offer too. Listen and join in singing carols with local choirs and bands. How lovely and festive does this sound! Find out more

 Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Until 30th December

 Experience lovely illuminated lights with a visit to this stately home after dark. See the house and gardens bathed in beautiful festive colours for a truly memorable time with all the family. Find out more.

Illuminated Gardens at Powis Castle, Welshpool

Until 16th December

Enjoy a cold winter’s night with a visit to this grand castle for a delightful family festive stroll around the illuminated gardens, terraces and courtyard. Find out more.

Christmas Tree Wonderland, Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Dorset

Until 2nd January

Bournemouth Lower Gardens will be illuminated this Christmas with a free festive Christmas Tree trail! Starting at the seafront follow a delightful beacon of twinkling lights and decorated trees from all over the world. There will be live music and characters to spot along the route. You can even enjoy a skate under the stars as the popular ice rink returns even bigger and better than last year!  Find out more.

 Oxford Street and Regent Street, London

Until 1st January 2019


Always a family favourite so don’t miss the iconic Christmas Lights in Regent Street and Oxford Street this Christmas. As usual, the twinkling lights will make the streets come alive with over 1,778 decorations inspired by falling snowflakes putting everyone in the festive spirit instantly! Find out more.

 Christmas at Kew

Until 5th  January 2019

Come and see these spectacular gardens after dark this Christmas illuminated with thousands of sparkling festive lights. Visit the amazing Laser Garden with its refracting beams of light and all the family can enjoy all the regular vintage fairground rides. Find out more.

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights, London

until 5th January 2019

This famous London street is once again decorated with a blaze of festive illuminations. This year the theme is ‘Queen’ in celebration of the recently released film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. See memorable lyrics from their songs high above the street making this a perfect little outing for the whole family. Find out more.

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park, London

until 25th November

Wrap up warm and enjoy a delightful fun festive trail decorated with beautiful coloured lights as you amble around the pretty ornamental lake and historic arboretum of this grand stately home.  Find out more.

Shadows and Light At The Eden Project, Cornwall

Until 30th December (on selected dates)

Celebrate Christmas with a spectacular explosion of riotous colour and festive music as stunning lights fill the dark skies creating a magical display, that will illuminate the beauty of Eden’s landscape and Biomes. Find out more

Know any more amazing places to see Christmas lights? We’d really love to know! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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