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Main blog image: Heligan Night Garden Lantern Experience, Cornwall © The Lost Gardens of Heligan

If you’re looking for festive things to try on your pre-Christmas getaway, these fabulous Christmas light trails are worth braving the cold for, and will really lift your spirits.

What's more, these dazzling winter light displays near our holiday cottages are well -suited to Covid regulations, as they take place outside and it’s easy to socially distance.

Chatsworth Festive Illuminated Walk, Peak District

Christmas light trails: Chatsworth Festive illuminated walk, Peak District

Above: Haddon Farm CottagesThe Dower House; below:© Chatsworth Estate

When: Saturday 6th November 2021 - Monday 9th January 2022; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Chatsworth House, Bakewell DE45 1PP; www.chatsworth.org
Entry: Included with Christmas and Garden tickets (please see website)
Details: Add some festive sparkle to your visit to Chatsworth with an illuminated walk around the garden at dusk. Let the atmospheric lighting guide your way past the Emperor Fountain, around the Ring Pond and into the Rock Garden, before enjoying the Cascade lit by hundreds of glowing lights.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a winter break at one of our 12 Bakewell holiday cottages, all within 20 minutes' drive | Sleeps 2-51 + 2 dogs.

Tunnel of Light, Norwich, Norfolk

Christmas light trails: Tunnel of Light, Norwich, Norfolk

Above: The Tunnel of Light © VisitNorwich; below: The Coach House

When: Wednesday 16th November 2021 - Thursday 5th January 2022
Where: Hay Hill, Norwich, Norfolk; www.visitnorwich.co.uk/event/tunnel-of-light
Entry: Free
Details: This Christmas, Norwich is the place to be, with a host of beautiful and seasonal installations. The ever popular Tunnel of Light (in association with Phoenix Events) makes a welcome return, with over 57,000 LED lights! It has lit up the streets of Norwich for the last five years - with more gorgeous patterns to enjoy this year than ever before. The city centre will also be decked with Christmas lights, plus, there will be breathtaking projections on Norwich Castle.
Where to stay nearby: Check out our beautiful Norfolk properties, all between 20-40 minutes’ drive away | Sleeps 2-15.

Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light, Norfolk

Christmas light trails: Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light, Norfolk

Above & below: © Thursford; above right: Vicarage House & Pool House

When: Saturday 19th November - Friday 23rd December 2021; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Thursford, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21; www.thursford.com
Entry: £16 per person, under 2’s free
Details: A truly festive family treat, Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light includes an indoor Wonderland Trail. Sadly Santa is currently ICE-olating so will not be attending the event, but throughout your journey, you’ll meet lots of fantasyland characters including the snowman family - make sure you dodge their snowballs! Your journey ventures outside to a Lantern Light Extravaganza, a beautiful, breath-taking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole. Watch out for the naughty mushroom gnomes!
Where to stay nearby: Check out our beautiful Norfolk properties, all between 25-55 minutes’ drive away | Sleeps 2-15.

Christmas at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Christmas light trails: Christmas at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Above & below right: Atherstone Farmhouse; below left: Richard Haughton © Sony Music

When: Friday 26th November 2021 - Sunday 2nd January 2022; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Stourhead, Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QF; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead
Entry: Adult £12.00 (or £28.00 with parking), child (3-16) £14.00, under 2 free, family of 4 £74.00 with parking.
Details: Watch reflections of the festive lights dance across the lake at Stourhead this winter. There will be music and street food to accompany you walk around the gardens while they are illuminated with lasers and light installations.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas light trail during a pre-Christmas stay at one of our Ilminster Cottages or The Bothy near Bath | Sleeps 2-16 (many dog-friendly).

Hylands Estate Enlightened, Essex

Christmas light trails: Hylands Estate Enlightened, Essex

Above left & below: Wakes Hall Lodges; above right: © Hylands Estate

When: Friday 26th November 2021 - Sunday January 2nd 2022; 4.30pm - 9pm; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Hylands House, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ; hylandsestate.co.uk
Entry: £8 - £50 (see website)
Details: Enlightened returns to Hylands Estate with a new longer route and more magical lighting installations for 2021. The grounds will be transformed into a illuminated light trail for visitors to enjoy with all the family. Book now to see mesmerising and enchanting moments along a specially crafted route. Refreshments and catering will be available to purchase on the trail.
Where to stay nearby: 40 minutes from our luxury Essex cottages and well worth the trip | Sleeps 2-4 (many dog-friendly).

Christmas lights at Killerton, Devon

Christmas light trails: Christmas lights at Killerton, Devon

Above: Burrows; below: © Killerton

When: Friday 26th November 2021 - Sunday January 2nd 2022; 4.30-10pm; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton
Entry: Adult £18, child £13, family £60 (2 adults & 2 children). Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under. Visit website for more ticket details
Details: See a different side to Killerton as you explore a brand new, after-dark illuminated trail through its festive gardens. With over a million lights, discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees drenched in vibrant colours. Get the festive feeling watching the flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas along the way.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a relaxing short break at one of our cosy East Devon holiday cottages, all within 30 minutes' drive | Sleeps 4-12 (many dog-friendly).

Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos

Christmas light trails: Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos

Above: Scout on the Water; below:© Westonbirt Arboretum; credit Johnny Hathaway

When: Weekends from Friday 26th November - Tuesday 21st December 2021; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS; www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Entry: Adult £16.00, child (5-18) £8.00, under 5 free
Details: If you’ve not yet experienced Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, it’s definitely worth wrapping up warm and making a visit. With an illuminated light trail, your mission is to journey through the trees, on a quest to reunite Father Christmas with his lost reindeer, experiencing mesmerising light displays and stunning spectacles along the way. The man himself will be located along the woodland trail and will do a short performance. Head to the Christmas village after your adventure and warm up with some festive food and drink.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a pre-Christmas break at one of our Cotswolds Lake Lodges less than 30 minutes away? | Sleeps 5-10 (many dog-friendly).

Christmas at Powderham Castle, Devon

Christmas light trails: Powderham Castle Christmas at the Castle, Devon

Above: Apple Mill; below left: Burrows; below right: © Powderham Castle

When: Monday 29th November - Friday 31st December 2021; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Powderham Castle, Kenton, EX6 8JQ; www.powderham.co.uk
Entry: Adult £7.50/10, child (5-18) £5, under 3 free (see website for details)
Details: Powderham Castle's Christmas light trail and illuminations return this year, bigger and better! The light trail will extend over a mile through the Castle’s grounds and gardens to the Secret Garden, where some animal friends will be waiting to meet you. Warm drinks and snacks will be available from the Potting Shed. The Christmas Barn will become a magical market, with traders and crafts people, plus a selection of delicious food and drink accompanied by festive music. Plus, Powderham's Christmas Grotto will be returning too!
Where to stay nearby: Our gorgeous East Devon holiday cottages are all within 35 minutes’ drive | Sleeps 4-12 (many dog-friendly).

Polperro Christmas Lights Up, Cornwall

Christmas light trails: Polperro Christmas Lights Up, Cornwall

Above: Sky Lark Cottage; below: Polperro at night

When: Saturday December 4th 2021; from 3pm
Where: Polperro, South East Cornwall; www.facebook.com/www.light.up.polperro.co.uk
Entry: Free
Details: Always eager for a chance to celebrate, the folk of Polperro gather on the Big Green to turn their Christmas Lights switch-on into a proper festival. Craft stalls, live music, mulled wine and the smell of roasting chestnuts evoke a truly seasonal atmosphere, as well as offering a great chance to pick up some unique Christmas gifts. The childrens' treasure trail around the shops will be 'Santa goes on a global fishing trip' with shops decorated to reflect different fishing villages from around the world. The local restaurants and eateries create dishes from seasonal local produce to give visitors a true taste of a proper Cornish Christmas. The festive lights line the roads with hundreds of brightly coloured bulbs, giving this unique fishing harbour a truly magical atmosphere.
Where to stay nearby: Book a stay at one of our South East Cornwall holiday cottages, just 20-30 minutes’ drive away| Sleeps 2-6 (+ 2 dogs).

Enchanted Light Trail at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Christmas light trails: Enchanted Light Trail at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

Above and below left: © Cotswold Farm Park; below right: Bruern Cottages

When: December 2nd-5th, 9th-13th, 15th-24th, 29th-31st; 4.30pm - 10pm; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5FL; cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
Entry: Various options between £19.50 - free (see website)
Details: Let the lights guide you on an enchanted stroll through the farm park after hours. Feed the animals their last snacks before they settle down for the night and let the kids blow off steam in the Adventure Barn, before setting out on an illuminated evening stroll through the paddocks. Stop off for a warm by the firepit (and perhaps a cheeky toasted marshmallow!), before entering the gloriously transformed woodland, where the trail reaches its finale. This is a family friendly display, where you can create magical memories for years to come.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this festive light trail during a pre-Christmas stay at our Cotswolds holiday cottages | Sleeps 2-20 (many dog-friendly).

Heligan Night Garden Lantern experience, Cornwall

Christmas light trails: Heligan Night Garden Lantern experience, Cornwall

Above left and below: Rosevean House; above right: © The Lost Gardens of Heligan

When: December 3rd-5th, 10th-12th, 16th- 23rd, 27th-31st 2021, January 2nd-3rd 2022; 4.30-7.30pm; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Cornwall PL26 6EN; www.heligan.com
Entry: Various options between £14 - free (please see website)
Details: Christmas is always a magical time at The Lost Gardens and there is plenty to get you into the festive spirit in 2021! Step into The Heligan Night Garden, an enchanting illuminated seasonal trail with hundreds of traditional lanterns and a breath-taking display of wildlife lanterns which highlight the atmospheric Lost Gardens. Delight in the incredible illuminated installation created by the renowned Lantern Company, a leading UK outdoor arts organisation. Explore at your own pace, stop to take in the smells of the fire pits, toast marshmallows and chestnuts, and enjoy seasonal warming take away refreshments amid a truly festive backdrop for your evening.
Where to stay nearby: Enjoy this Christmas Light trail during a pre-Christmas stay at one of our Cornwall holiday cottages | Sleeps 2-12 (many dog-friendly).

Enchanted Weston, Shropshire

Christmas light trails: Enchanted Weston, Shropshire

Above and below left: The Oaks; below right: © Weston Park

When: December 9th-12th, 16th-19th, 20th -23rd 2021; 5pm - 8pm; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Weston Park, Shifnal, Telford TF11 8LE; www.weston-park.com
Entry: Please see website for various options, under 4’s go free
Details: As night falls Temple Wood is transformed into a magical illuminated forest, awash with colour and light as you follow the illuminated trail through the ancient trees and woodland. Towering trees, historic landmarks and hidden surprises are all picked out in a colour wash of light. Over in the Stables Courtyard there will a tempting array of street food, local ales, fizz, warming winter cocktails, live music and fire pits to toast marshmallows around. Well-behaved dogs on lead welcome.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in one of our luxury Shropshire holiday cottages, all less than 40 minutes away | Sleeps 2-10 (some dog-friendly).

Haddon Hall Candlelight Tours, Peak District

Christmas light trails: Haddon Hall Candlelight Tours, Peak District

Above: Haddon Farm Cottages; below: © Haddon Hall

When: December 9-11th, 16-18th 2021; 7 & 7.30pm; prebooked timed tickets only
Where: Haddon Hall, Bakewell DE45 1LA; www.haddonhall.co.uk
Entry: £29.00 per person
Details: A Christmas light trail with a difference! Haddon Hall’s Candlelight Tours offer the opportunity to experience the Hall in a totally different way. Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine and a fragrant mince pie before the roaring fire in the Banqueting Hall, before setting off with your guide to explore the rooms in all their festive beauty, softly lit by flickering candlelight. Enjoy the seasonal decorations as the lights on the Christmas trees gently twinkle and are reflected in the latticework of the windows.
Where to stay nearby: Our Bakewell holiday cottages are perfect for getting your family excited for Christmas and are all within 15 minutes drive | Sleeps 2-51 + 2 dogs.

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