2017 UK Christmas Light Shows

It’s nearly that time of year again! You’re probably starting to think about festive themed activities you can do with the family, your significant other, or your friends.

We’ve had a little search and found that there are plenty of exciting Christmas light events happening up and down the country – these definitely look worth a visit!

Book your train tickets with NationalRail.com and get festive – go on, it’s November!


1. Lumiere Durham Light Festival, 16-19th November

This event is so special it’s only on every two years, so be sure you don’t miss this or you’ll have a while to wait for the next one!

This will be the fifth time the festival has come to Durham, when artists from all over the world will illuminate the already beautiful city in a fantastic light show.

With a central train station, Durham is easily accessible whether you fancy making a weekend of it or just having a day trip!

For more information and for tickets, visit their website.

2. Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas, selected days throughout December

Situated in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, Westonbirt Arboretum is always a stunning place to visit.

This year it will be made even more exciting by the addition of an illuminated trail through the trees. The nearest train stations are Kemble and Yate.

For more information and for tickets, visit their website.


3. Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens, from 22nd November

See Kew Gardens light up in a spectacular festive trail through the illuminated trees.

Marvel at the amazing projections and then stop off to say hello to Santa and his elves at the North Pole Village! There’s even a vintage fairground ride, mulled wine and hot chocolate, and you can toast marshmallows around the fire – we’re getting excited just thinking about it!

Kew Gardens is easily accessible by train. For more information and to book tickets, visit their website.

4. Eden Project’s Festival of Light and Sound, 25th November – 30th December

Described as ‘a celebration of nature in light and music’, this festival will transform the Cornish landscape with colourful light projections and live music in the most spectacular way.

The show was thought up by light artist Chris Levene, who was the creator of the David Bowie laser tribute at Glastonbury festival.

The nearest train station to Eden Project is St Austell. For exact dates and to buy tickets online, visit the website.

5. Magical Lantern Festivals, from 24th November

These festivals take place in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and London from 24th November 2017 to 1st January 2018. This event is slightly different to the others in this blog, as it features amazing hand-sculptured lanterns.
There is also additional entertainment on offer, in the form of a tipi bar, Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides and food. You can even visit the merchandise marquee and take a souvenir home!

The nearest train station to Roundhay Park is Leeds, where you can get a bus to the venue.


Get the best price on train tickets to any of these events from www.nationalrail.com!