Winter Light and Luminary Events across the UK

With the days getting darker, light and luminary events are a great way to bring some light into your life. We detail some of our favourites in the UK that take place from November through to January.

As the longer nights draw in, lights and luminaries events are taking place across the UK, with music and dance, home-made lanterns, and creative light installations. Although it’s getting colder, these events are the perfect opportunity to wrap up warm, get out and enjoy the illuminating winter fun!

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Glastonbury Carnival, Somerset

Date: Saturday 17 November

Glastonbury Carnival is one of the largest illuminated street processions in the country. It’s an amazing visual spectacle, with people in dramatic costumes and on incredible floats moving through the streets. Characters from history, mythology and fiction are depicted, while some participants use the opportunity to mark Halloween or Bonfire Night with their own unique displays. The event has bright lights, loud music and huge crowds. Glastonbury Carnival offers a sensory experience you won’t forget.

Longleat Festival of Light, Wiltshire

Dates: 9 November until 6 January

Lit up palace and gardensImage credit: Longleat Festival of Lights – Credit: Bammber

See amazing light sculptures at Longleat Festival of Light this year. This stately home and wildlife park always puts on a fantastic show. The theme this year is ‘Around the World’ with over 600 lanterns creating an enchanting light display, which illuminates parts of Capability Brown’s glorious landscape. Travel through time with festival characters Harry, Bea and Monty, the dog, seeing them in different scenes from around the world. The light installations include depictions of the Arctic, the Egyptian Pyramids, and the land of the dinosaurs. Meanwhile, Longleat House has a 1920s theme, immersing visitors in the history of the house with neoclassical decorations. Of course, you can see the animals and enjoy the fairground too!

Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland, Middlesex

Dates: 9 to 25 November (Fridays to Sundays)

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Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland immerses you in an awe-inspiring experience of light and music, with creative displays using lasers, candles and illuminated sculptures. Walk through the glowing gardens, past the arboretum, towards Syon House and end your experience inside the Great Conservatory. You’ll be surrounded by a magical and enchanting light display throughout.

Blenheim Palace Illuminations, Oxfordshire

Dates: 23 November to 6 January

Visit Blenheim Palace for a stunning display of lights on their Illuminated Christmas Trail this year. The formal gardens will be soaked in colour, with dramatic illuminations, stars, and glistening baubles. There’s a new Field of Light, a Fire Garden, and a Canopy of Light, as well as lasers, projected images and sparkling pea-lights. Visitors are even invited to listen and hear the trees ‘sing’. Don’t miss the Christmas Market and the Cinderella theme inside the house!

The Lamplighter Festival in Todmorden, West Yorkshire

Date: Saturday 17th November

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Join the fun in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, as a handmade lantern parade marches through the streets accompanied by fire performers, live music, and illuminated displays. Watch in awe as the town comes alive with music and dance, alongside imaginative light projections, hundreds of lanterns, and giant lit up puppets. Street performers and artists work together to make this an experience to remember.

Eden Project Festival of Light and Sound, Cornwall

Dates: 24 November and 30 December

Eden Project Festival of Light and Sound is world-famous, with good reason. This stunning display of lights and music will take your breath away. Inside the Eden Project’s amazing Tropical Biome, lasers pierce through the mist and interact with plants and people. There’s a music and light show in the Mediterranean Biome, and outside, visitors skate on the ice rink or enter Santa’s grotto, complete with a team of elves.

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Dates: 30 November to 30 December

 Dunham Massey comes to life with an amazing light-show this year. This Georgian house with gardens will be transformed into something special. Follow the Christmas trail through the gardens, with sparkling illuminations and foliage bathed in light. There will be decorated trees, with snowflakes and baubles and a stunning illuminated water feature dancing to music. See hundreds of globes changing colour and a tunnel of light covered in pea lights. Visitors are invited to partake in toasted marshmallows, roasted chestnuts or a seasonal tipple.