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Christmas light trails North West 2024

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 2024. 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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If you have an event you want to be added to this list, drop me an email at – info@northwestforkids.co.uk

All of these events require booking so don’t forget to click through and book your tickets. Some of these events are already sold out on some dates!

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Christmas light trails Cheshire

BeWILDerwood presents Christmas – no details yet for 2024

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

Christmas pantomine set up

Lanterns and light at Chester Zoo – book now for 2024

When – 15th November 2024 – 1st January 2025

Child up close to a fox lantern
Photo credit – Chester zoo

Creating lasting memories on a Christmas light trail like no other. Journey through vibrant lands where orangutans, elephants, and lions roam. Explore a glowing tunnel of lights, fill up on festive treats in our Christmas food markets, and even come face-to-face with Father Christmas himself along the trail

Ticket prices from £18-24 for adults and £12-19 for children. 

Find out more and book your tickets here – Lanterns and Light | Chester Zoo

Christmas at Bolesworth – no details yet for 2024

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 – Book now for 2024

two beautiful bear lanterns in the woods at night

From the team behind Just so festival, Yuletide is back for it’s second year. This is a truly magical event.

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 – 16th November – 23rd December 2024

Book here – Yuletide – A Glittering Winter Adventure

Find our review from 2023 here – Yuletide at Tatton park

Christmas at Magical Woodland – book now for 2024

When – 29th November – 24th December 2024.

We haven’t been to the Christmas trail but the Halloween one 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.

Adults £23.95, children £16.50

Book your tickets here – Magical Woodland Christmas

Land of lights, Gulliver’s world Warrington – no details for 2024

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 2024

Enchanted walk at Quarry Bank Mill – no details yet for 2024

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

Luminate Cheshire, Arley Hall – 2024 tickets on sale now

When – 29th November – 31st December 2024

As darkness descends, join us on our enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the woodlands at Arley estate. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous interactive light play, all set to music.

A timeless experience to be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.

The start/finish area will have tasty hot food and drinks for before or after the trail. On the route you will find mulled wine and marshmallows for toasting on fire pits.

Book your tickets here – Luminate Cheshire Light Trail at Arley Hall, Cheshire

Prices Monday to Thursday, up to Thursday 12th December 2024

Adult: £15.00, Child: £10.00, Family: £55.00

Prices Friday, Saturday & Sunday and everyday from Monday 16th December 2024

Adult: £20.50, Child: £15.00, Family: £68.50

Christmas light trails Manchester

Christmas at Dunham Massey 2024 – 2024 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 – 15 November 2024 to 1st January 2025

Book your tickets here – Christmas at Dunham Massey tickets

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

stunning display of mushrooms and roots lit u at night

Glow at RHS Bridgewater 2024 – tickets on sale now

When – Selected date from 27th November – 30th December 2024.

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 £8.75, child £4.35, Non-members: adult £14.25, child £7.65

Book here – Glow 2024 at the RHS Gardens / RHS Gardening

Christmas at Heaton Park – no details yet for 2024

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 – no details yet for 2024

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 – no details yet for 2024

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 2024

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 30th August 2024 until 5th January 2025

Christmas lights at Cuerden park – no details yet for 2024

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 – no details yet for 2024

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 – no details yet for 2024

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

Light trails including mermaids and mermen

The light before Christmas, Liverpool Cathedral – no details yet for 2024

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.

Book here – The Light Before Christmas : The Manger | Liverpool Cathedral

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.

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Find more Family events North West England here.

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