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Top 5 Alternative Christmas Light Displays

Posted on November 11, 2015 by David

If you’re after a little Christmas lights magic but can do without the garish excesses of typical light displays, then taking a trip to one of the UK’s alternative festive light shows might be exactly what you’re after.

From candlelight trials to vast art installations, there’s a little bit of something for all tastes.

Mousehole, Cornwall

Photo coutesy of Abigail Chilton via Seasalt Cornwall

The stunning light display in the quaint harbour side village wasn’t always this spectacular. It all started in 1963 with Mousehole-based artist Joan Gilchrist. To brighten up the Mousehole harbour during Christmas, she hung a string of coloured bulbs outside her home which led to the light display becoming a yearly tradition.

The Christmas light display in Mousehole is especially stunning as it makes perfect use of the gorgeous surroundings of Mousehole. In the main harbour you’ll find floating light displays including: giant sea serpents, fishing boats and whales. Around the village on dry ground, lanterns light your way through the winding cobbled streets, while the huge Celtic cross (powered by a wind generator) is the main centrepiece on St Clement Island.

Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

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For the third and final year, British artist Bruce Munro will be returning to the gorgeous grounds of Waddesdon Manor to create a large piece of immersive and imaginative light art, situated in the gardens of the Manor. It’s certainly not one to miss. As the light begins to fade it really becomes a truly magical place to be.

Winter Wonderland, The Bird & Deer Park, Prinknash Gloucestershire

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Set in the gorgeous grounds of the Bird and Deer Park, the stunning valley of magical Christmas-inspired lighting stretches out to the trees and lakes.

The park is well known for its waterfowl, and at Christmas you can spot the Swans and other wildlife change colour as they swim past the multi-coloured illuminations. Don’t forget to stop by Santa’s grotto for a special gift for your little one.

Shakespeare's Birthplace Light Show, Straford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace Museum is at the heart of Stratford-Upon-Avon. It brings in tourists from all over the world, with everyone wanting to capture a glance of the Shakespeare's famous Tudor house. However, something very special happens around the festive period - his birthplace is brought to life.

This year the annual light display will give you glimpses of Shakespeare’s early life. As the light projections shine onto the walls of his house, the outside is morphed into a tale of young William discovering words, to moments that shaped his future writing. Better yet, it’s completely free to watch.

Christmas at Kew Gardens, Surrey

Photo supplied by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

With Kew Gardens being home to the first decorated Christmas tree in England in the 1790’s, it’s apt that it features on our list!

Kew Gardens attracts visitors all year round. Whether they’re there to see the vast collection of exotic plants, or there simply going for a stroll in the stunning gardens and taking in the spectacular views.

Now in its third year, the Christmas light display at Kew Gardens is still as special as ever. It boasts a mile of sparkling and glistening pathways filled with lights, as well as glowing tree canopies and illuminated fountains. Walking through the garden lit up in all its festive glory is truly magical, not to mention the festive music that greets you as you make your way through the fairytale of lights and sounds.

Fancy making a break of visiting these enchanting festive light events?
We've got a number of breaks that are ideally situated for you to visit these displays. For example the 4* Bletchley Park Break based at Hilton Milton Keynes Hotel in Buckinghamshire puts you within easy reach of Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor. This exclusive breaks offers a 3 course meal in the New Horizons restaurant and a bottle of wine in your room upon arrival. Or how about the Cotswold Dining Stay at Stonehouse Court Hotel in Gloucestershire. Just 10 miles from the Winter Wonderland at The Bird and Deer Park Prinknash, here you can indulge yourself with a two-course meal at Henry's restaurant, and enjoy a full English breakfast in the mornings.

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