Winter light festivals are back in full swing in the United Kingdom. We’ve compiled a list of the best winter 2023 trails to take you past illuminated cherry blossom walks. Shimmering lakes, and laser displays.


Top Festivals and Trails for Winter Lights in 2023



In the season’s spirit, Waddeson will be lighting up its picturesque Buckinghamshire gardens this winter. Take a nighttime walk around the Pleasure Gardens and marvel at the mesmerizing light displays.

Which include a tunnel of light loops, enormous dandelions, and brilliant tree canopies. Meanwhile, sequenced music will light up the manor’s façade in a dance when the sun sets. Not to mention the festive beverages and handcrafted mince tarts.


Stroll Oxford offers a variety of activities that you can enjoy even during the late hours.



Blenheim Palace is breathtaking all year, but during the holiday season, it shines. Highlights of this year’s Illuminated Light Trail include a fire garden. A shimmering light tunnel and spiced winter warmer beverages sold by street vendors.



Windsor Great Park Illuminated is a path that visitors may follow around. It’s one of the most well-known parks in the UK. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Obelisk Pond.

Before settling down for mulled wine and toasted marshmallows, make your way through floral fountains. Holograms of fantastical animals, and surreal laser displays.


Enjoy a magical evening with family and friends as Windsor Great Park Illuminated returns to light up the festive season



A spectacular new winter light path will transform Hampstead Heath into a merry wonderland this holiday season. In addition to dazzling lights and seasonal classics.  Guests may experience interactive displays exclusive to Kenwood.

At the same time, you may get your hands on some delicious delicacies and warm beverages.



In 2023, County Durham’s Auckland Castle will debut AGLOW. A sparkling 1.5-mile path that will recreate the castle in a new light by illuminating the grounds. Impressive projections on the castle walls, a 100-metre-long star tunnel.

Neon ropes, mirror balls, LED vines, starburst trees, dancing light water fountains. Life-size lit deer among silk flower lanterns—these are just a few of the things that visitors may look forward to.


A dazzling new light trail which will illuminate the skies of Bishop Auckland this Christmas.


Edinburgh Botanic Gardens is hosting Christmas at the Botanics again. It has over one million shimmering lights. Guests are welcome to meander along a one-mile light installation path. Pass the famous glasshouses and tree canopies. Ascending a pathway towards lit tree sculptures, incandescent flowers reach toward the stars.

The festival conclusion, which sets traditional Christmas music playing, is a highlight. It involves lighting up the outside of Inverleith House. Be on the lookout for surprises, such as icy snowflakes, marching reindeer, and shards of light.



The winter light festival at Kew Gardens is an annual tradition. It’s returning with even more dazzling displays than ever. As is customary, the path starts with a sparkling archway. Which will serve as the entrance to your joyous journey.

The trail’s highlights include a visit from Santa Claus, dancing reflections in the river, colorful trees, and light tunnels. Guests can look forward to a captivating Palm House Pond finale. Where the world-renowned glasshouse at Kew will come to life with kaleidoscopic projections.  Dancing over a massive water screen, leaping light jets, and crisscrossing laser beams.


Go on a twinkling after-dark adventure around Kew Gardens.




Among the 15,000 tree species housed at the National Arboretum. A fantastical realm of light spectacles and interactive exhibits. Enchantments await you at every turn. talking trees, elves, and maybe even a surprise visitor at the very end.



This winter, Eltham Residence is an art deco house and old Tudor royal residence. It will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with a new set of seasonal decorations. Everything from picturesque vistas to delicious seasonal cuisine and chilly drinks is just around the corner.

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