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As they say, ‘tis the season to be jolly… Last year, our Christmas was a dismal affair with many of us not being able to celebrate in the way we would like. This year, it looks as though Christmas is back on! Are we the only ones who think we should celebrate doubly hard?

There’s no better way to get in the festive mood than to attend one of the UK’s Christmas light trails. These festive light shows are a brilliant way to kick off the Christmassy period, and appeal to all ages. With twinkling lights nestled in trees and flickering flames to toast marshmallows, the visit from Father Christmas will feel right around the corner. Follow this guide on the best light trails for a magical evening.

Christmas at Stourhead

Christmas at Stourhead presents a beautiful light show. With a trail that will take around 90 minutes to complete, you can walk through light displays that span over fields and rivers. The illuminated trail over a bridge sets the tone for a spectacular Christmas, and at the end of the trail there are stalls and the option to gather around a cosy fire. There is also seating dotted around the trail, making it accessible for everyone.

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The Royal Botanic Gardens – Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh is a divine place to visit at the best of times, but their Christmas trail takes the cake. As a wholesome event to enjoy with friends and family, you can marvel at the dancing reflections on the water and bask under illuminated, colourful trees! Afterwards, enjoy street food from talented vendors, or savour a hot chocolate in front of the fire.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, with its picturesque architecture, is offering a Christmas experience to rival all the rest. There will be more than a million lights, as well as lasers and sounds, to fill the air for an evening that’s full of festive fun. Jewel-coloured reflections and tunnels of light are accompanied by a Christmas market where you can do some last-minute gift shopping. There’s also the option to witness the re-imagined story of The Nutcracker – explore the toymaker’s workshop!

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is one of the most popular Christmas events in London, with everyone having it on their bucket list at some point! To celebrate the most wonderful time of year, watch as a light trail illuminates the skies. The Palm House light display is the main event, with multi-coloured beams projecting across the water. Afterwards, enjoy a seasonal mulled wine from one of the street vendors!

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Lightopia – Manchester

The Lightopia Festival is an immersive Christmas adventure. Located in Heaton Park, Manchester, your imagination will run away with you when you catch a sight of these spectacular light projections. The installations are multi-sensory and will light up the night sky to get you in that festive mood. There are even interactive sections, where you can control where the lights shine! Stop off at the food court after you experience the sights and get some Christmas snacks.

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Your experience at these light trails will be spellbinding. They’re enjoyable for groups of all ages, whether you’re going with your young family or a group of friends. If the light trail you’re looking forward to is a bit of a journey from your home, consider hiring a minibus from us at CVS Van Hire to transport your group! You’re guaranteed to travel in comfort and style.

Give us a call on 020 8003 1184 or email [email protected] to organise your van hire, and get started with your festivities!