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Christmas at Stourhead

Christmas lights at Stourhead
Christmas lights at Stourhead | © Raymond Gubbay

The after-dark, illuminated trail through the garden at Stourhead returns for its fifth year in 2023. Book now to discover this world-famous landscape in a new light this Christmas.

Book your 2023 tickets

Tickets are now on sale for Christmas at Stourhead 2023. Secure your tickets today to avoid disappointment.

What is Christmas at Stourhead?

Christmas at Stourhead is an annual event that sees this world-famous Wiltshire estate lit up with festive illuminations. Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels, giant baubles and glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Father Christmas along the way!

When will Christmas at Stourhead be on?

Christmas at Stourhead will run from 1-31 December 2023, with a number of trail times available each day.

How long will it take to walk the trail?

It'll take around 90 minutes, walking at a regular pace. The event takes place outdoors and you may need to queue on busy days, so please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.

Will there be refreshments?

Yes, there will be independent vendors offering a range of delicious and tempting treats. So, why not complete your walk under the stars with a spiced winter warmer, a hot chocolate or some toasted marshmallows, shared with someone special. Separate charges apply for all food and drink.

The Christmas at Stourhead vendors will be accepting card only. You can pay with cash or card within the Stourhead shop and National Trust refreshment kiosk.

Will dogs be allowed?

Only guide dogs and registered assistance dogs will be permitted.

Visitors walking through a tunnel of lights at an after-dark Christmas trail at Stourhead, Wiltshire
Visitors walking through a tunnel of lights at Stourhead | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Car parking

National Trust members will be able to park for free. Select 'parking' when you buy your tickets and your membership parking will be validated on the evening of your visit.

Non-National Trust members are advised to book parking when buying tickets.

National Trust members will be charged parking if they purchase their tickets on the day, both online or at the box office.

Book tickets

Tickets for Christmas at Stourhead are on sale now – to get yours, click on the link below. Each timed entry will have a limited capacity, and the early evening and weekend slots are likely to sell out quickly, so you're advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on Christmas at Stourhead, take a look at the full list of frequently asked questions on the booking website.


Each year we work hard to improve the sustainability of Christmas at Stourhead. Last year, we are worked with waste removal company, Junk-o-saurus, to sort, recycle and compost all waste generated at the trail.

We also successfully reduced the number of generators needed for the trail from six, to just two, as well as making the switch to using only low wattage light sources such as LED and fire.

To ensure we continue to make improvements, we worked with Hope Solutions to audit the previous trail for sustainability.

The Christmas light trail at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Book your tickets to Christmas at Stourhead

Plan your festive evening with family and friends – booking is now open for illuminated trail tickets and car parking.

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