Updated 30/11/2022

Winter is set to sparkle and shine in Staffordshire with a host of after-dark illuminated treats and dazzling displays.

From a “kaleidoscope of colour” at the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance, to the return of stunning sound and light projections at a medieval Cathedral, this Christmas gives you the chance to see some of Staffordshire's top attractions as you've never seen them before!

The Trentham Estate

A woman takes a selfie in an illuminated tunnel at The Trentham Estate, StaffordshireThe illuminated trail at award-winning Trentham Gardens launches Staffordshire’s sparkling line-up, with its Christmas at Trentham event returning from Friday 2nd December 2022.

Designed to sprinkle a little Christmas magic, and offer a chance to see the stunning historic landscape in a new light, the new trail brings a seasonal classic with a contemporary twist to the stunning Grade II listed Italian Gardens.

Alton Towers Resort

Stunning reindeer illuminations at Alton Towers Resort, StaffordshireThe UK's biggest theme park, Alton Towers Resort, is staging Lightopia Seasonal Wonderland - an immersive journey through a 'Christmas Wonder' light display.

The experience promises a magical walk through the stunning gardens, with a mix of spectacular lanterns, immersive light installations, and interactive colour transformations lighting-up this spectacular after dark wonderland.

Opening 25th November, and running 4 - 8pm on selected dates until 2nd January 2023, time slots must be booked and tickets include access to Lightopia Seasonal Wonderland and the Towers Street Christmas Market.

Weston Park

Temple Wood bathed in light and colour for Enchanted Weston at Weston Park, StaffordshireFor a spot of enchantment, Weston Park, on the Staffordshire and Shropshire border, is set to be transformed into a magical illuminated forest trail, awash with colour and light this December.

Towering trees, historic landmarks and hidden surprises will all combine with a tempting array of street food, local ales, warming winter cocktails, live music and fire pits to create an Enchanted Weston experience on various dates between 9th and 23rd December.

National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum Illuminated for Christmas

Meanwhile, Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum will stage an after dark illuminated trail bringing “a kaleidoscope of colour” to the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance, from 1st to 17th December 2022.

The Illuminated Arboretum event will take place across the 150-acre woodland site with a range of installations, when the iconic grounds and memorials will become an illuminated trail, offering a different perspective on the gardens and woodland.

Around one-mile long, starting close to the entrance to the Remembrance Centre, the Illuminated Arboretum trail follows a set route around the grounds, with specific memorials floodlit for the event, and is designed to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

Once again, the Arboretum has also organised 'relaxed' sessions, with less prominent lighting and sound features, which will take place at 4.30pm on 7th and 14th December.

Lichfield Cathedral

One of the spectacular projections at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire, for their Sing Choirs of Angels event this DecemberAs a fitting finale to the county’s seasonal light spectacular, England’s only medieval cathedral with three spires will be transformed using spectacular sound and light projections, with Sing Choirs of Angels at Lichfield Cathedral from 16th to 20th December.

This unforgettable experience will take you on a journey through the joyful story of the Nativity, celebrating the popular carol O Come All Ye Faithful and exploring its links with Lichfield.

Advance Booking Recommended

Demand is expected to be high for these events, so please check individual attraction websites / social media for the latest updates. We recommend booking tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.


Christmas at Trentham
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The illuminated Christmas tree is the stunning centrepiece of Christmas at Trentham, Staffordshire

Returning for 2022, the Christmas at Trentham illuminated trail is designed to sprinkle a little Christmas magic, accentuate the flora and fauna and see the stunning historic gardens and landscape in a world of light and colour.

Lightopia Seasonal Wonderland - Alton Towers Resort
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Lightopia Christmas Illuminations at Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Get set to marvel at the award-winning illuminated trail, Lightopia, returning to Alton Towers Resort for 2022 with new installations and interactive experiences letting you control the magic! An immersive spectacle, this year’s “Christmas Wonder” themed attraction is packed full of giant lanterns, immersive projection light shows and a series of breath-taking scenes.

Enchanted Weston at Weston Park
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Enchanted Weston winter illumination experience at Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Follow a magical, illuminated trail through Temple Wood and pick out some of the scenic landmarks, towering trees and other hidden delights of Weston Park.

Sing Choirs of Angels: A light spectacular by Illuminos
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Sing Choirs of Angels: A light spectacular by Illuminos

Enjoy a spectacular light show around the Close, and on the front of Lichfield Cathedral, listen to popular carols, and head inside to soak up the atmosphere of this special time of year. Includes access to the Christmas Tree Festival.

Illuminated Arboretum
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Illuminated Arboretum, an outdoor Christmas event at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

Visit the National Memorial Arboretum this December for an evening to remember, as they light-up the Arboretum after hours and begin the festive season with a kaleidoscope of colour.