Christmas lights and winter illuminations

Christmas is here, and all across the country magnificent houses and beautiful gardens are being transformed with twinkling lights to add some winter cheer.

Coloured light display on the exterior of Blickling house

Winter lights in the East 

If you're looking for something a bit different this year, why not come and see beautiful winter gardens in a new light? As darkness falls they’ll come alive with thousands of sparkling lights, which are sure to put you in a festive mood.

Christmas lights in the Midlands
Christmas lights at Belton

Christmas lights at Belton House, Lincolnshire 

Shards of light, snowflakes and baubles will twinkle through the trees as Belton gets a festive makeover. You can see the house and garden shimmer with Christmas cheer on an evening walk.

Christmas lights in the North
Christmas lights on abbey green at Fountains Abbey

Christmas lights at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire 

Wander through the ruins of Fountains Abbey, lit up with bright and colourful lights each weekend this December. As the afternoon light starts to fade, you can enjoy a unique way to ring in the season.

Christmas lights in the South East
Christmas lights at Waddesdon

Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire 

At Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, this Christmas the grounds will come to life with a dazzling light trail through the gardens combining colour, sound and movement and from dusk the Manor's façade will be bathed in light. Enter a light installation in the Coach House at the Stables and tuck into delicious festive food.

A view across the lake towards the Pantheon illuminated by lights

Christmas lights in the South West 

The winter nights might be long, but they’re a great excuse to come and experience historic houses and gardens covered in spectacular illuminations. From gardens covered in twinkling fairy lights to houses lit up by illuminations, there’ll be plenty of festive magic to discover in the South West this Christmas.

Christmas lights in Wales

The Orangery illuminated for Christmas at Powis Castle and garden, Wales.

Find more Christmas illuminations and winter lights 

See historic houses illuminated against the dark skies or stroll through frosty winter gardens covered in sparkling lights. Wherever you go, you’ll find that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.