Christmas Light Trails in Devon 2023

Christmas light trails are a magical family evening out at Christmas time. Wandering among all the glowing and twinkling light displays with a mulled wine in hand and the kids entertained is magic! Here’s a list of the Christmas Light Trails in Devon this 2023 – why not try a few!

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Glow 2023 at Rosemoor: Light Trail, North Devon

16 Nov – 16 Dec Thurs – Sat, then 20 – 30 Dec Wed – Sat, 4.40pm – 8.30pm
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington EX38 8PH, UK
Tickets: Peak prices: Adult: member £9.85 or non member £16.45 Child (5-16): member £4.95 or non member £8.75, under 5s free.

This is a really beautiful longer trail in the garden and the most magical part through the ancient trees of Rosemoor complete with beautiful sculptures and mist. We loved the twinkling lights, lit up trees and the fire last year. On certain days there’s extra entertainment too. Always on my husband’s Christmas to do! We take pjs so the kids can fall asleep in the car on the way home too after a fabulous family evening.

Here’s my reel from 2022:

Immerse yourself in festive light and sound at RHS Rosemoor and enjoy our atmospheric, illuminated trail and stunning light displays, with entertainment each evening.

Explore the light fantastic: Experience this jewel of a garden on a wondrous trail of festive light and colour. With even more amazing displays than before, this year’s longer trail includes six uplifting soundscapes to guide you through the beautiful gardens, woodlands and open spaces of RHS Rosemoor.
Bask in the glow: Discover a shimmering woodland wonderland, behold a spectacular ‘field of fire’ and enjoy family entertainment every night, ranging from magicians, live music, fire artists, light performers and costumed characters.
Food and drink: Looking for something to keep you aglow? Choose from a delicious selection of hot takeaway options to take with you or treat yourself to some mulled wine, mince pies, soup and cakes en route, to enjoy as you explore the trail.

Powderham: Christmas at the Castle: Light Trail, Nr Exeter

1st December – 31st Dec 2022
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ
Adults: £12.95, Children: £6.95, Under 5 free, Powderham Member & Carer free, Christmas Grotto £8 per child, must be purchased with day or evening entry tickets.

Another of our favourites that is fabulously child and family friendly. There’s the meeting and feeding the animals in the secret garden, the space to run and enjoy the fabulous light maze and complete the trail, before stepping foot in the beautiful house decorated and set up for the festive period. Outside we always get something to eat too and have a turn on the little steam train too.

Here’s my reel from 2022:

What does my ticket include?

  • The Castle; Christmas State Rooms Experience
  • The Secret Garden; Petting Zoo
  • The Christmas Barn; Food, Bar and Games 
  • The Grounds; Christmas Trail and Grounds Experience
  • Evening Light Walk (evening admission tickets only)

The Exmouth Miniature Railway and will also be running every day and evening! (£2 per ride)

Important Grotto info!

  • Admission tickets must be purchased for all children and adults attending the grotto. 
  • Maximum 6 children per grotto slot, £8 per child. 
  • You will be allocated a 15 minute entry window. There will be other families waiting with you but we aim to see all children within the 15 minute slot allocated.

GloWild: Paignton Zoo 2023: Light Trail, Torquay

17&18th, 24-26th Nov, 30 Nov-3rd Dec, 7-10th Dec, 14-23rd Dec, 27th Dec-2nd Jan.
19th November SEN session only
Tickets: Adult: £20.50, Child (3-15) £14.50, Family Saver (2adults & 2children) £65.00. More ticket options on website including member prices.

This looks a wonderful new light trail this year. Please do share your thoughts on it.

Our Biggest Event Yet! We’re ending our centenary year in style with our biggest ever festive event! Join us after dark for an immersive light experience featuring a variety of beautiful, interactive light installations, entertainers and a silent disco.
An Immersive Light Experience: The journey will begin with a giant illuminated storybook inviting you to step into a magical world… from there you will adventure around the zoo and be amazed by a variety of bright, colourful and interactive light installations. The experience includes fibre optics and kaleidoscope projectors. There will be giant lit up trees and tunnels, a magical wishing well, playful lit up creatures and much more.
A Blue Hue: During our centenary, we’ve been looking back at our founder Herbert Whitley. The colour blue is a common theme and this fondly links back to our founder Herbert Whitley. Whitley had a fascination with the colour blue, and over the years he selectively bred a whole host of blue flowers and animals. It’s been 100 years since Whitley first opened our zoo gates and this light experience is set to honour his legacy and celebrate our biggest ever milestone.

Zooluminate: Dartmoor Zoo: Light Trail, Dartmoor

8th December-1st January: 5pm until 7:30pm
Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkwell, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 5DG

Tickets:
Adult (ages 16+) Night Admission: £16.50
Child (ages 3-15) Night Admission: £11.55 Child (2 yrs & under) Free
Family (4 people, max. of 2 adults) Night Admission: £49.50
DZS Member – free

This sounds amazing!

Zooluminate is back! Bigger and better than ever! Experience a magical and wintery walk around our gorgeous site, taking in a series of beautiful light installations (from JHAV, the incredible team that brought you The Atlantic Project and Illuminate Festival of Light), which bring the zoo to life after dark in the most enchanting way possible!

There are stunning installation spaces the entire way around our site, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for those selfies, plus – some of our enclosures are going to be illuminated, so you might even get the chance to see our animals all snuggled up for the night.

We can’t guarantee the animals will be outside of their cosy homes, but the lights have been specifically researched and chosen to illuminate without causing any harm or disruption, so if they’re outside, you should be able to capture some wonderful evening photos of our very happy animals.

The Illumination Trail, Torquay: Bay of Lights, Light Trail

1st Dec – 2nd Jan 2024
4:30-11pm (sound elements until 9:30pm)
FREE

An exciting light trail is set to illuminate Torquay this Christmas, as part of the Bay of Lights, which is FREE and accessible. Wander through a light tunnel along the seafront that blinks in time with the festoon lighting. Can you find the 12-metre-high Christmas Tree? It will surprise you with a spectacular digital sound and light show.

Along the route, additional lighting will add some glittering Christmas magic to the town and around the harbourside, as well as in the trees and sunken gardens – even the pond in Abbey Park. There will also be lighting on the curly bridge at Abbey Sands. Discover several unexpected light installations along the trail, as well as entertainment walkabouts and other surprises on selected nights.

The 1.5-mile trail will wind its way along Torquay’s iconic waterfront. It will start from Abbey Park, through the Tunnel of lights. It will then go up over the curly bridge, across the seafront promenade and end at the harbourside. You can follow the route in whichever direction you prefer. At installation nine along the trail, you will find a selection of pop-up food and drink vendors.

Winter Twi-Light Fest, Crealy, Exeter

16-19th, 23-26Nov, 30th Nov-8th Dec, 14&15Dec
either 4-8pm or 11am – 7pm.

Join us on selected dates throughout November & December for our Winter Twi-Light Fest and race round your favourite rides in the dark and enjoy Winter light displays across the Park including a light tunnel and festive illuminations. 

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