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Following the resounding success of our first ever Christmas at Bolesworth event last year, our festive event is deep in planning and will return in November and December 2022! The magical light trail promises a dazzling after-dark experience for all of the family. You’ll travel alongside the lakeside with the backdrop of the castle lit to spectacular effect, then you’ll follow the winding pathways through the woods where you may spot a reindeer or two, stop at the Christmas village and travel through the spectacular grounds. If you loved 2021, prepare to be amazed this year!

The Christmas Lights Trail

Fun for the whole family

Enjoy a magical display of colours and sparkling lights as you head into an enchanted wood, travel along our lakeside walk reflecting lights, and watch out for other surprises along the way. As part of this experience, you’ll also get to meet our friendly reindeer! There are plenty of routes that allow you to lengthen or shorten your experience, however, please allow up to 60 minutes to complete the 1.2 mile trail.

Tickets for Christmas 2022 will be released soon!


Tickets for additional experiences are only valid with a Bolesworth Christmas Trails entry ticket.

A visit to see Santa is one of the highlights in the build up to Christmas for many children. Bolesworth offer a very special experience where the children are able to meet the man himself, leave their Christmas present list and have their photo taken so you can take home a memento of these magical moments.
Please arrive on the time that you have booked where your experience will be approximately 20 to 30 mins from arrival to the end of the experience.

Located in the Christmas village, our all-weather and environmentally friendly synthetic ice rink lets you get your skates on and head onto the experience with your friends and family. Set against the iconic backdrop of Bolesworth Castle, you can spin around to the soundtracks and afterwards head to the bar for a warming drink. Our unmissable Ice skating experience will last 30 minutes (including booking and boot fitting) and includes boot hire, but please don’t be late!

Located just a 10 minute walk from the Christmas Village and a third of the way along the Lights Trail, you will find our secret Island sanctuary connected by a beautiful stone bridge. From our greeting point, our Champagne team will walk you over the bridge and across the lake to your exclusive island where you’ll spend 45 to 60 minutes sipping champagne and soaking up the magical views of the Winter Lights Trail, Enchanted Forest and the lake. The experience includes half a bottle of champagne (ages 18+) or a soft drink, You must be aged 12 or above to be eligible to enter Champagne Island. Please note that we have shelter in place should the weather turn against us!

Festive Film Nights

Join us for Festive Film Nights this Christmas at Bolesworth. We will be screening your favourite festive films on our two huge 10m screens. The screenings will be free for anyone with a general admission ticket, so bring your family and friends and enjoy watching classic Christmas movies overlooking the amazing Lights and Laser show arena.


Meet the Reindeer

Bolesworth’s magical woods have special powers that help young reindeers grow big and strong. This special wood is where all of the young reindeers go to get ready for their big night as part of Santa’s Sleigh Team.

Tasty Food & Winter Warmers

At Bolesworth, Christmas is most definitely on the menu. We’ll be serving up a selection of fabulous festive foods, from hog roast and roasted chestnuts to mouthwatering sweet treats. We’ll be mixing suitably celebratory cocktails, and pouring magical mulled wine whilst you soak up the wintery atmosphere and browse the stalls.

Christmas Market

Get into the Christmas spirit by exploring our enchanting Christmas Market. When you arrive at Bolesworth for your Christmas Light Trail experience you will first enter our magical market where you can pick up glistening gifts, and spend as long as you like wandering around the food stands and the Christmas village as you sip on mulled wine or hot chocolate, whilst soaking up the heart-warming atmosphere of the evening.



Enjoy one of many fairground attractions for all ages as the latest addition to the Bolesworth Christmas Lights Trail gets set to add more family fun under the stars! Fairground rides are a small additional cost (£2.50-£4 per ride).

History & Sculpture Trail

We will be telling the story of Bolesworth from 1700s to the present day. The castle has had a rich and varied history, and the Barbour family have been at Bolesworth since 1856, and in recent times art and sculpture have been a passion of the family. We will be presenting a range of pieces sourced both from prolific local artists and from as far afield as Nairobi. This will be a stunning part of the trail not to be missed, and of course the route to Champagne Island!

Christmas at Bolesworth – The Plan!

Start your festive adventure at the heart of this winter wonderland, here you’ll find the Christmas market, ice skating rink and Santa’s North Pole Grotto. Then journey through the magical 1.2 mile trail travelling alongside the lakeside, with the backdrop of the castle and illuminated lawns, follow the winding pathways through the enchanted forest on to Rudolph’s Rest. For those looking for something extra special there’s the champagne island experience. As a finale don’t miss out on the tunnel of light and an Arena Light and Laser Show finale.

  1. Entrance
  2. Christmas Village
  3. Santa’s Grotto
  4. Ice Skating
  5. Fairground
  6. Alpine Lodge
  7. Arena Light & Laser Show
  8. The Enchanted Forest
  9. Rudolph’s Rest
  10. Festive Sculpture Trail
  11. Tunnel of Light
  12. Champagne Island