I love a Christmas light trail and there are loads across the North West. Below you’ll find all the Christmas light trails North West for 2023. That way you can see which ones are nearest to you and find the perfect light trail for your family. This post is part of a series of posts on Christmas Events North West.
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Christmas light trails Cheshire
BeWILDerwood presents Christmas – tickets on sale now for 2023
When – 2nd – 23rd December 2023
BeWILDerwood held it’s first-ever Christmas light trail last year. It was full of beautifully handmade decorations, sparkly lights, Christmas cheer and of course the curious characters of BeWILDerwood made an appearance. There was also a mini pantomime, again with a magical BeWILDerwood twist.
We visited on their press opening night last year, find my full review here – BeWILDerwood presents Christmas review. We think this is a fantastic event for families with children 10 and under.
Tickets are £15.50 for everyone over 92cm.
Book your tickets here BeWILDerwood present Christmas 2023
Lanterns and light at Chester Zoo – tickets for 2023 on sale now
When – 17th November – 31st December 2023
This year Chester zoo has joined up with Sony music to create whole new captivating light installations. Be transported into enchanting lands filled with colour and festivity, where you can meet orangutans, lions, dolphins and woolly mammoths as you make your way along the trail! Wonder at the colour-changing displays stretching as far as the eye can see, while birds and stars adorn the zoo’s winding paths and trees. Take a walk through the spectacular Winter Cathedral tunnel of lights and even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas in his sleigh.
Ticket prices £22 for adults and £17 for children.
Find out more and book your tickets here – Lanterns and Light | Chester Zoo
Walton Gardens Winter Light Trail 2023 – tickets on sale now
A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, join us on our enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the stunning, grounds of Walton Gardens. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
30th November 2023 – 24th December 2023
Entry times from 4.30 pm to 8 pm
Choose your entry time. The trail will take approximately 60 – 90 minutes, depending how long you dwell along the way.
Monday – Thursday – Adult: £16.75, Child: £12.25, Family: £56.50
Friday, Saturday & Sunday and everyday from Monday 18th December 2023 – Adult: £21.25, Child: £15.75, Family: £69.50
Christmas at Bolesworth 2023 – book now
As dusk falls this dog-friendly Christmas Lights Trail comes to life and becomes the most dazzling winter illuminations event in Cheshire and beyond. Bolesworth is bathed in seasonal colour, our beautiful grounds lit with thousands of stunning lights and effects, projections and interactive installations creating an unforgettable seasonal experience for children and grown-ups alike.
There is also a fairground, festive food and drink and reindeer. You can add on ice skating and/or Santa’s grotto.
When – 24th November 2023 – 31st December 2023
Tickets – £30.95 for adults, £22.63 for children over 4.
Book here – Christmas at Bolesworth
Yuletide at Tatton park – Tickets on sale now
From the team behind Just so festival, this new Christmas event sounds truly magical.
A blend of light trail and wondrous winter festival, create a new winter family tradition on this glittering winter adventure!
As we approach the longest night, we invite you to step into an incredible, wild, glittering world at Tatton Park Gardens this Christmas. Fall into a world of folklore, festive tradition and ridiculous rituals as the characters and creatures from winter myths and stories come to life.
Expect an incredible illuminated trail, where winter witch goddesses have captured the moon and sun and shapeshifting snow hares play tricks on us all. Visit the heart of Yuletide, keeping warm as you dance to wild folk bands, crown your family’s ‘Lord of Misrule’ and gather round the fire for wondrous tales.
When – 24th November – 23rd December 2023
Book here – Yuletide – A Glittering Winter Adventure
Christmas at Magical Woodland – 2023 tickets on sale now
We haven’t been to the Christmas trail but the Halloween one this year was amazing! Find out more here – Magical Woodland Cheshire review.
Enjoy a woodland walk in the dark through 15 acres of illuminated woodlands. This magical forest is sure to be a Christmas favourite his year. No dogs.
When – 24th November – 24th December 2023.
Adults £23.95, children £16.50
Find our review here – Yuletide at Tatton park
Book your tickets here – Magical Woodland Christmas
Land of lights, Gulliver’s world Warrington – 2023 tickets on sale now
See Gulliver’s World Resort in a whole new light! Land of Lights Warrington will be lighting up the Cheshire sky from November 2023. Discover gigantic lanterns, mesmerizing light installations and festival vibes.
When – Selected dates from 11th November 2023 – 25th February 2024
Cost – prices vary but start at £12 per ticket
Find out more and book here – Land of Lights Lantern Festival – Warrington
Christmas at Delamere forest – no event in 2023
Enchanted walk at Quarry Bank Mill – SOLD OUT for 2023
When – 30th November – 23rd December 2023
Cost – £7 per ticket
With festive lighting and illuminated walkways, get into the festive spirit with a wander through the Upper Gardens with friends and family. Keep an eye out for Mrs Claus preparing the sleigh for Christmas Eve, and little ones, don’t forget to pick up your reindeer food ready for the big day.
Tickets include entry and hot drink for adults. And for children tickets include entry, reindeer food and child size hot drink.
Book tickets here – Enchanted walk
Christmas light trails Manchester
Christmas at Dunham Massey 2023 – tickets on sale now
Masses of twinkling lights and giant glowing deer welcome you to the beautiful and iconic atmosphere of Dunham Massey after dark. Discover new light and sound installations for 2023 as colour-changing batons of light stretch out into the far distance and winding paths pass tunnels of stars. Watch lights dance along the lawn and discover larger-than-life flowers that tower overhead.
The trail is approximately one mile long and we’d recommend allowing 1 to 2 hours for your visit. Food, drink and fairground rides are available onsite.
When – 17 November to 31 December 2023
Book here – * Christmas at Dunham Massey
Tickets from Adult Off Peak – £19.00, Child (3-16 Years) Off Peak – £12.50. Prices vary between dates and times though.
Find our review from 2023 here – Christmas at Dunham Massey
Glow at RHS Bridgewater 2023 – tickets on sale now
When – Selected date from 15th November – 30th December 2023.
Take an enchanted walk through RHS Garden Bridgewater, marvelling at spectacular light displays along your way. Weave through yew domes festooned with fairy lights, stroll through the illuminated archways of the Kitchen Garden. At Garden Cottage hit the rainbow dancefloor and lose yourself in a soundtrack of Manchester anthems (chosen by you).
Cost – Members: adult £8.95, child £4.45, Non-members: adult £14.95, child £7.95
Book here – Glow 2023 | RHS Garden Bridgewater
Christmas at Heaton Park – Book now for 2023
When – 1st – 31st December 2023
A magical new after dark trail for all the family. From the makers of Christmas at Kew and Christmas at Dunham Massey comes something completely new.
Christmas at Heaton Park has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family. There’s all the fun of the fair surrounded by breath-taking seasonal lights as never seen before. Discover colour-changing globes of light stretching out into the distance, larger-than-life flowers and neon strings that reach high into the sky.
Book here – * Christmas at Heaton Park
The Twilight trail, Mayfield Park – tickets for 2023 on sale now
When – 17th November -31st Deember 2023
Where – Mayfield park, Boardman Gate Entrance, Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PY
An immersive light show trail, designed for all ages, from families, couples, groups, and everyone in between.
Find out more and book here – The Twilight Trail
Lightwaves, Salford 2023
Free light trail around MediaCity.
When – 7-10 December 2023, 4pm – 10pm
Enjoy illuminated works from established as well as emerging artists, local and national, bringing a variety of different pieces; thought-provoking, surprising and playful.
Full details here – Lightwaves 2023 – Light Up the North
Christmas light trails Lancashire
Blackpool illuminations 2023
Could this be the original Christmas light trail? You could walk through parts of them, drive through them all or enjoy a tram ride through them.
This year they will be on from 1st September 2023 until 1st January 2024
Christmas lights at Cuerden park – sold out for 2023
When – 9th & 10th December 2023
Where – Cuerden park, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6BY
Further details here – Christmas Lights
Christmas light trails Liverpool
Enchanted at Knowsley Safari – 2023 tickets on sale now
When – 19th November – 30th December 2023.
This is a spectacular night-time adventure as the foot safari comes alive with an enchanting animal trail and forest lights, and toasted marshmallows to complete your festive fun. There will be a full range of festive food, tasty treats and for the thrill-seekers out there, the rides will be open too. There’s also a chance to meet Father Christmas (additional charge, booking required).
New for 2023 is a Christmas carnival area with games included in your ticket price.
Tickets are priced at £11 and at special discounted price of £9 for members. Under 3s and carers are free.
There are two Santa Experience packages to choose from. Tickets are £10 and £18 per child and must also be pre-booked online
Book tickets here – Enchanted: Knowsley Safari Christmas Lights
FREE Liverpool’s Brightest Light Trail, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool – 2023 details.
When: 17th November – 5th January
This Christmas, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool will be illuminated once again with the return of its popular light trail. Taking place across the estate with over 1 million twinkling lights, embark on an enchanting waterfront wander.
Enjoy a selection of characters from Liverpool’s coat of arms alongside nautical installations representing the dock’s rich maritime history, offering a fun, free activity for families during the festive period. Highlights include a giant yellow submarine, a family of dazzling jellyfish as well as Neptune and Poseidon standing tall at the dock’s entrance.
Full details – Royal Albert Dock Light Trail – Visit Liverpool
The light before Christmas, Liverpool Cathedral – book now for 2023
When – 1st – 8th December 2023
Enjoy the most wonderful time of year as the magnificent Gothic interior of the iconic building becomes a canvas for a sequence of dazzling light and sound artworks.
This year, award-winning artistic collaboration Luxmuralis are back with ‘Light Before Christmas: The Manger’, the second of The Light Before Christmas series.
This beautiful, immersive experience will take visitors on an incredible journey through the Nativity story celebrating the true magic of Christmas.
Christmas light trails Lake District
I’m not aware of any Christmas light trails in the Lake District.
More Christmas guides for the North West
Find all the Christmas markets North West here.
Find out where to enjoy Breakfast with Santa North West here.
Find all the Christmas Shows North West here.
Find all the Free Christmas events Cheshire here.
Find loads of Christmas walks North West here.
If you’re reading this in October and can’t wait to do a light trail, I’ve found 3 in October. Find them and more Halloween walks North West here.
Where to next?
Find more Family events North West England here.