I’m all for adorning as many things in twinkly lights as possible, beaming neon-coloured lights into the world and making foliage glitter! One of our yuletide family traditions is to visit one of the magical Christmas light trails near Bristol each December and they never fail to get us into the festive spirit! Here are seven of the best Christmas illuminations near Bristol.
Christmas light trails near Bristol
Light up Bristol, Ashton Court Estate (19 November-24 December)
For the first time ever, the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court have had a glow-up! The Estate will be transformed into a stunning illuminated walking experience. Sip festive mulled treats as you wander under dazzling trees…Tickets are available to book now!
#ChristmasADVENTures, Bristol City Centre (1-28 December)
Throughout December, in locations around the city centre, this festive arts from Bristol BID project brings your most loved Christmas lyrics to life! Explore Bristol spotting illuminated festive lyrics and jolly Yuetide phrases…
Avon Valley Christmas Lights Trail (3-31 December)
Combine sparkly Christmas lights with Santa letter writing, a polar express miniature train ride and a fun fair at Avon Valley. This year, visitors can follow and interact with a festive light trail around the park against the backdrop of Somerset countryside.
Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas (26 November-21 December)
By day, Westonbirt Arboretum is breathtakingly beautiful, come Enchanted Christmas nights, the forest is transformed into a magical festive feast for the senses, ablaze with colour, twinkly fairy lights and sensory surprises. Grab a hog roast bap and mulled cider from one of the stalls to quaff on your way along the mile-long illuminated trail through the trees toto help Father Christmas find his reindeer, recover lost presents, and save Christmas!
Out of the darkness come glittering disco balls, talking trees and colour-changing decorations hanging from sparkling branches. A new surprise awaits around every twist and turn in the path, some of which are interactive – think fun stuff like bashing out beats on a drum kit to make the trees gleam.
As well as mesmerising light displays, expect natural Christmas crafts as well as a chance to meet the elves… and maybe even a glimpse of a very special guest from the North Pole…Festive treats don’t get much more magical than this!
Christmas Light Trail at The American Museum and Gardens, Claverton (9-31 December)
This after-dark adventure is brand new for this Christmas. Follow an enchanting trail of illuminations around the magnificent manor house, gardens and woodland. Sparkling reindeer will light the way as you enter mesmerising tunnels of light…
Keep toasty underneath the stars with hot spiced apple, mulled wine and hot chocolate, homemade mince pies, roasted chestnuts, hotdogs and gourmet burgers.
Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light (26 November-30 December)
One of the most beautiful Christmas light trails I’ve been to, Sudeley Castle’s Spectacle of Light is brimming with wow moments and sparkly thrills.
Illuminations are all set against the backdrop of 15th century castle ruins – explore the gleaming grounds, full of glamorous topiary, dazzling plants, flickering flames and sparkling water features.
Fuel the festive merriment with whacking great cream-topped hot chocolates on your way round and soak up the Yuletide buzz emanating from the Salvation Army band, who might be tooting Christmas classics on their brass instruments at the entrance.
Keep your peepers open on the journey from Bristol – the Cotswold town of Winchcombe is a quintessentially English town that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster’s re-imagining of England in winter.
Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole Caves (5 December – 3 January)
Wookey Hole bedeck their caves with 100,000 festive lights for the Christmas season, turning the subterranean world into a colourful twinkling grotto (with a few Santas and reindeer thrown in for good measure). Guided tours take you through the magnificent caverns (home to the legendary Witch of Wookey) and then you’re free to explore above ground, where you’ll find a wonderful wizard, gigantic gorilla, fairy garden, animatronic dinosaurs, 4D cinema, live shows, soft play, a Victorian-style arcade and a chance to meet Santa and his elves.
Christmas at Longleat (6 November-3 January)
Belt out carols with Britain’s biggest singing Christmas tree, follow the disco balls through the after-dark Hedge Maze, potter along the winding Winter Wonderland path, settle down for story time with owls at the Flight Before Christmas show and meet Santa and his elves! Guests will be able to see Longleat House illuminated, bathed in light shows continued around the grounds.
Extra festive flavour comes from a winter safari (if you have all-in-one tickets), Santa’s storytelling den, festive food and drink huts and a Santa Train to meet Father Christmas himself.
During the day, you may also enjoy all of Longleat’s animal and adventure attractions, including the Safari Park, Koala Creek, Jungle Kingdom, Jungle Cruise and the iconic Longleat Hedge Maze.
Christmas at Stourhead (26 November – 2 January)
Wander along the illuminated mile-long Christmas light trail to see the beautiful National Trust gardens at Stourhead dripping with festive colour. Discover gigantic luminescent sculptures rising high into the night sky, glittering trees swathed in light, giant baubles and a fire garden aglow with flames, all enhanced by a soundtrack of festive tunes.
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