Christmas lights and winter illuminations

Across the country our staff and volunteers are working hard to illuminate houses, decorate Christmas trees and hang thousands of twinkling lights. Take in the sparkling and colourful lights as night falls at a place near you.

Christmas illuminations at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Dorset 

Winter Lights
Friday–Sunday between 14–30 December

Settled high on a hill, the ruins of Corfe Castle can be seen towering over the landscape for miles around. They’re even more magical at Christmas, when the whole castle will be illuminated by beacons, braziers and lanterns, and brimming with festive atmosphere. For a real taste of Christmas you can try a glass of mulled wine, or tuck into treats by the log fire in the tea room. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Lord of Misrule, who will be causing mischief in the castle at 5pm & 6pm on each evening of winter lights.

Coleton Fishacre house lit for Coleton Aglow, the Christmas illuminations

Coleton Fishacre, Devon 

Coleton Aglow
Friday–Sunday between 30 November–16 December; daily between 19–24 December and 27–31 December, 5.30pm–8pm

It’s Christmas time, and Coleton Fishacre will be glittering and sparkling with festive cheer. See the house, streams, beautiful trees and exotic features of the garden lit for an opulent Christmas party, 1920s-style. You'll be able to try on your party outfit in the handling room, listen to party music playing in the Saloon, or have a go at parlour games such as Gilbert and Sullivan charades.

Christmas lights at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

Christmas at Dunham
30 November–30 December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Dunham Massey, and the gardens are all aglow with light. This is the second year of Dunham’s biggest and brightest festive event, and there are plenty of new surprises in store. Follow the sparkling path as it winds through the woods to see the canopy illuminated with shards of light and hung with snowflakes and sparkling baubles – not to mention the spectacular water feature finale. Afterwards warm up with your favourite winter tipple, or enjoy toasted marshmallows around one of the fire pits while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air.

Trees are lit up by purple lights

Saltram, Devon 

Enchanted Christmas at Saltram
22 November–30 December

This Christmas, the house at Saltram has been enchanted by some famous fairytales, with decorations that are sure to enchant visitors of all ages. The fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down either, as the gardens will be filled with bright illuminations to help lift the dark winter nights. Take a stroll and explore this magical wonderland, then head to the cosy Park Café or Chapel Tea Room for a warming drink and a snack.

Christmas at Waddesdon, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon's Christmas carnival 

Join the Christmas carnival at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire this festive season. The grounds will come to life with a dazzling light trail through the gardens, bringing together colour, sound and movement and 3D light projections by the Guildhall School. From dusk, the Manor's façade is bathed in light. Until 2 Jan.