Five best Christmas displays

Lantern processions, enchanted forests and Elizabethan lights, Maddy Gerry chooses Britain's best Christmas displays


Chatsworth House


Famed for its Christmas displays, this year is no exception as Chatsworth takes inspiration from Russia. Expect to see an abundance of bright, colourful decorations, ‘intimate twilight openings’ and Christmas themed evenings.


An ideal destination to experience that feeling of magic at Christmas time, as you wind your way through the quaint cobbled streets. Shop windows compete for the best display, whilst out on the streets you might catch a glimpse of an angel or two that has been carved out of ice as part of the town’s ‘Festival of Angels’.

Eden Project

The start of the festive season signals a wintry hub of activity, as the whole site is brought alive with all things Christmassy. Among the exciting list of events, there is the chance to see a lantern procession, which signals the start of each evenings activities.

Westonbirt Arboretum

From 26th November to 19th December, the arboretum begins what is called the ‘Enchanted Christmas’ event. One of the most striking features is that of the ‘Illuminated trail’, which sees the magnificent trees lit up with a variety of different colours. As well as being dazzled by the captivating displays, you will also have the chance to meet Father Christmas, listen to some carols and even buy a Christmas tree!

Stratford upon Avon


During the festive season, this town comes to life as all efforts are made to create an enchanting winter wonderland. Shakespeare’s houses and gardens stage a traditional Elizabethan Christmas display, with mince pies and mulled wine accompanied by seasonal songs from the resident Tudor Players.