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Christmas lights and winter illuminations

The Winter Lights Trail at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
The Winter Lights Trail at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire | © National Trust/Peter Greenway

See places in our care transformed with colour on a Christmas lights trail. With sparkling tunnels, giant baubles and imaginative illuminations, you'll have a memorable experience when you wander through the festive displays.

Winter lights at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
Go on an after-dark journey at Anglesey Abbey in ‘Nature by Night, Nature by Light’. The gardens will be brought to life with colourful projections, sculptures from an award-winning artist and cinematic music.Book tickets
Christmas lights at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Explore a trail surrounded by twinkling lights at Belton this Christmas. Surround yourself with colour and lights on this after-dark Christmas light event.Book tickets
Christmas lights at Blickling Estate, Norfolk
You're invited to join Wild Winter After Dark at Blickling, where you can make your way through the colourfully lit Walled Garden and Parterre. Along the way, you'll hear sounds of nature for an immersive experience.Book tickets
Illuminate at Croft Castle, Herefordshire
Add some sparkle to your Christmas with the after-dark winter lights at Croft Castle. Immerse yourself in the illuminated gardens and see the gothic arch and church twinkling in a new light.Book tickets
Christmas lights at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Discover new light and sound installations for 2023 on the Christmas lights trail at Dunham Massey. Bring your friends and family along for a festive experience, and see if you can spot the glowing deer along the way.Book tickets
Light Nights at Ickworth, Suffolk
This winter at Ickworth, make your way through the gardens that will be lit up on the Light Nights trail. Explore the cedar meadow and the iconic Rotunda after dark, then warm up with some festive bakes and a hot drink once you've made your way around the trail.Book tickets
Luminate at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
Luminate at Shugborough is an immersive Christmas lights trail through the historic grounds. Make memories to last a lifetime when you wander through the displays.Book tickets
Christmas lights at Stourhead, Wiltshire
Take in the festive winter illuminations at Stourhead, where the annual Christmas lights trail is back again for 2023. See sparkling tunnels, giant baubles and even Father Christmas along the way.Book tickets
Christmas at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
Walk through the gardens at Waddesdon at dusk and explore new, bespoke animated projections in this year's light trail. Full of interactive elements and music, the new trail through the Aviary gardens features shooting stars and larger-than-life 3D birds lit with fairy lights. In partnership with light art pioneers Luminism.Book tickets
Christmas illuminations at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
For 2023, you're invited to experience a new after-dark Christmas illuminations trail at Wimpole. The new trail will include floating feathers, multi-coloured Christmas trees and a sparkling tunnel that's great for photo opportunities.Book tickets
Visitors exploring the Christmas decorations inside the house at Killerton, Devon

Get into the festive spirit

From wreath-making workshops and carol concerts to winter illuminations, find Christmas days out near you.

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Plan a festive family day out and meet Father Christmas in his grotto this Christmas. You can even settle down for a storytelling session or leave a gift at a reverse grotto at some of the places in our care.

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What's on 

We've got plenty of events and activities on at the places in our care. From exhibitions and guided walks to outdoor theatre events, discover what's on near you.

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Your Christmas gift guide 

Searching for the perfect Christmas presents for friends and family? Take a look at our 2023 Christmas gift guide for a selection of thoughtful and sustainable gifts that also help to take care of nature, beauty and history. Order your gifts from our online shop by 18 December to make sure everything arrives in time for Christmas.

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Places to spot winter wildlife 

Whether you're spotting seal pups in Norfolk or catching a glimpse of Devon's Dartmoor ponies, there's plenty of wildlife to see in winter. Get outdoors and discover the best places for winter wildlife watching.

Christmas wreath on a door at Scotney Castle, Kent

Make a natural Christmas wreath 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing activity or a fun and festive way to bring the family together, follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to make a Christmas wreath.

Two women, one holding a small child, stand by the wooden stalls and fairy lights of the Christmas market, busy with shoppers, at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Christmas markets and winter fairs 

Find perfect Christmas presents or stock up on seasonal treats and decorations at a Christmas market or winter fair.