Christmas Light Trails in Surrey 2023

Christmas light trails are an iconic part of the festive season and a great way to get all your friends and family together, immersed in the festive spirit. 

What is a light trail?

A light trail is something that a venue puts on for the festive season. The darker days and early evenings are filled with holiday lights, festive light displays, Christmas music and festive stalls selling mince pies and mulled wine. Light trails are some of my favourite Christmas events, full of family fun, and just such a lovely way to kick off the festive season.

If you’re looking for local light switch on events and Christmas light displays across Surrey you can find more information here, or read on for festive light trails. 

Christmas Light Trails in Surrey

So I thought I would put together all the light trails in Surrey. Sadly this year there aren’t that many – a lot have been cancelled or postponed. But, I’ve added the ones that are happening this year along with a few options just a little bit further away.

Christmas Light Trails in Surrey

Christmas at KewKew, Richmond TW9 3AE

A highlight of the festive calendar, Christmas at Kew is a great way to celebrate the festive season. See the botanical world brimming with seasonal cheer, with twinkling Christmas lights, dancing lakeside reflections and seasonal sounds filling the air.

When: Selected dates, 15 November 2023 to 7 January 2024

Cost: Non-member adult: Off peak £22.50/ Peak £29.00, Member adult: Off peak £19.50/ Peak £24.00

Find out more here

Christmas Light Trails in Surrey

RHS Glow at Wisley – Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

Get your family and friends together for a magical evening at RHS Garden Wisley. See the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a wonder filled journey.

When: 24 November 2023 – 2 January 2024

Cost: Member prices: Adult £10.45, Child (5–16): £5.25, Non-member prices: Adult £19.95, Child (5–16) £12.95 and children under 5 go free

Find out more here

Read our review of RHS Wisley Glow here

Christmas Light Trails in Surrey

Windsor Great Park Illuminated – Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UU

Enjoy a magical evening with family and friends at Windsor Illuminated. This year it’s more dazzling than ever with a sprinkling of new installations and the return of some firm favourites.

When: 16 Nov 23 – 2 Jan 24

Cost: Adult from £19.80, child from £12.10 and family tickets from £56.10

Find out more here

Christmas Light Trails in Surrey

Hampton Court Palace doesn’t seem to have a light trail this year but we went to their Palace of Stardust event a couple of years ago and hope they bring back light trails in the future. Sadly, Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park is the same – it’s not happening this year, along with IGNITE Fire & Fantasy at Polesden Lacey National Trust which is always really popular but doesn’t seem to be on this year either.

Christmas Light Trails Outside Surrey

Despite the lack of light trails in Surrey, there are plenty more just a little further afield. Here are a few suggestions:

So there you have all of the light trails in Surrey and the surrounding areas. I hope it’s given you some inspiration for a festive day out with your friends and family. If you’re looking for more inspiration in the local area I hope these articles will help:

Christmas Light Trails in Surrey


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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