Kingston Lacy at Night
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Our visit to see the Christmas Lights at Kingston Lacy

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January 4, 2020

One of our favourite activities over the Christmas period is seeing all the festive lights that people put up and this year, for the first time, Kingston Lacy lit up their beautiful formal garden.

Unlike many light displays, the Kingston Lacy ones were included in the price of our National Trust membership so we didn’t have to pay extra to get in to see them.

The light trail started in the courtyard between the shop and the main Kingston Lacy House and had a well marked and supervised trail to follow.

Our first port of call was the path to the main house, where we found a fire display which lead to a wicker Santa’s Sleigh and the house all lit up.

We then followed the trail around to the side of the house into the rear formal gardens.

There was a real “WOW” moment as we saw the path to the nine-metre tall Philae obelisk all lit up. The kids likened it to a laser quest and were busy creeping round and leaping over the beams of light, much to the amusement of other visitors.

It was really hard to get a photo that really did it justice as there were spotlights beaming onto the house.

From here we walked to the illuminated wooded area.

One of the first things we spotted was lots of tiny, LED lights that were sparkling off the trees, making them look like they were filled with lots of glittering fairies fluttering between the branches.

The path then wound through the flower beds, where the kids were keen to spot any fairy doors that were hidden amongst the plants.

It was Lime Avenue that drew the most gasps of wonder, as the trees transformed into a huge path of all the changing colours of the rainbow.

Because of all the rain we have recently, some paths were blocked off, but that did not detract from the experience.

In the Acer Glade we found a display of gorgeous Chinese Lanterns, before we turned and headed back towards the main house.

Back along the main pathway, there is an area where the kids can control some of the lights and create a flashing display of their own.

Kingston Lacy is open from 10am until 7pm with the light displays on from 4pm until 5th January.

The cafe / restaurant is also open, plus there is an additional kiosk selling hot drinks if you require refreshments.

A family ticket to Kingston Lacy costs from £43, however it is well worth buying an annual NT membership for £126 (also payable monthly) which gets you into all NT properties and locations for a whole year.

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    January 4, 2020

    I miss Christmas already!! We went to a Christmas lights in Berlin once, it was incredible. These lights look gorgeous, what a perfect way to enjoy the festive season.

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    Whitney Morrow

    January 4, 2020

    I love Christmas lights! I’m adding this to my list for next year.

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    January 4, 2020

    I love that it’s a walking tour. What a fun thing to do with kids!

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    Cassie Mayers

    January 4, 2020

    oh wow now that is what christmas is all about! Magical surroundings and fun! Looks like it was a lovely place to visit this Christmas.

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    January 4, 2020

    I love our NT membership, there are so many places that we get to visit thanks to it and especially over Christmas.

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    January 4, 2020

    This looks so magical . The girls would love to go somewhere like this . I secretly wish Christmas was here to stay a little longer

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    Cynthia M Woodman

    January 5, 2020

    This is stunning! I want it to be Christmas all over again! I’m planning on traveling to the UK again this year…I’ll see if we can make it there!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    January 5, 2020

    What a wonderful way to get into the festive spirit, plus who doesn’t love seeing how different things look when they are illuminated with coloured lights

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    January 5, 2020

    Christmas lights drive throughs are one of my family’s favorite things to do! We’re always so sad when the holidays are over!

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    January 5, 2020

    What a beautiful way to spend a holiday evening! Love the wooden reindeer. Thanks for sharing!

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    January 5, 2020

    Can’t believe that this is included in the National Trust membership. The lights look gorgeous but I wonder about the electricity costs

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    January 5, 2020

    What a cool place! My family would really love to see the Christmas lights at Kingston Lacy!

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    January 6, 2020

    I adore illuminated historic properties! It is one of my favourite things about Christmas. I definitely endorse joining the National Trust – it makes things so much cheaper and there are so many places to visit and activities to do throughout the year.
    C x

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    January 7, 2020

    Those lights look absolutely beautiful, I really enjoy going to visit all the festive lights locally.

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    January 7, 2020

    We went to something similar at a National Trust place local to us. It was magical and really got us in the festive spirit.

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    January 12, 2020

    Wow this looks so magical! I love the christmas lights 🙂

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