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Switch-on as first Christmas at Beaulieu trail opens

After months of planning the very first Christmas at Beaulieu has opened to visitors with a switch-on of over a million lights in the grounds of the attraction.


Beaulieu has been transformed with over 11 individual installations on a mile-long shimmering trail. Over 437 theatrical lighting units have been put in place and 11 miles of power cable laid to create the magical Christmas at Beaulieu experience.

Christmas at Beaulieu Beaulieu has been transformed with over 11 individual installations on a mile-long shimmering trail

Lord Montagu said: “The gardens of Palace House are usually difficult to appreciate in the dark winter evenings, so this first illuminated trail is presenting the landscape in a new, magical light. The varied forms of illumination, changing scenes and music really accentuate the Christmas atmosphere in different ways throughout the grounds and gardens. I am looking forward to seeing people’s faces light up as they make their way around the trail.”

Joni Marks, Chief Development Director at Raymond Gubbay Ltd which is collaborating on the light trail event with Beaulieu, said: “It has been a privilege to work closely with all the team at Beaulieu to create this wonderful new illuminated trail and we are looking forward to sharing Christmas at Beaulieu with the public now it is open.”

Christmas at Beaulieu Visitors will marvel at the 200ft long Cathedral of Light!

Visitors will marvel at the 200ft long Cathedral of Light with a tunnel of 30,000 bud lights and the Canopy of Lights with over 20,000 twinkling pea-lights. A musical installation set to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas will play over 2,200 times during the course of the event and Father Christmas and his elves will give 1,110 performances to greet visitors from the roof of the veteran bus.

Beaulieu Abbey is the perfect setting for the Fire Garden – an atmospheric installation with over 180 flickering torches which will use as many as 5,132 individually hand-made candles by Christmas.

Christmas at Beaulieu Beaulieu Abbey is the perfect setting for the Fire Garden

Along the Icicle Walk, larger-than-life gleaming shards guide visitors towards the Meadow of Light where thousands of fibre optics light up the tree-lined Mill Pond Walk on the banks of the Beaulieu River. There are hidden surprises too – watch out for frosty snowflakes, shimmering stars and trees awash with seasonal colour.

A fabulous finale is waiting at the end of the trail with larger-than-life illuminated trees. Rising high into the night sky, visitors will finish the breathtaking trail with a cheerful Christmas blast of colour, sound and light.

Christmas at Beaulieu A fabulous finale is waiting at the end of the trail with larger-than-life illuminated trees!

Visitors can complete their stroll under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate while the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Toast marshmallows at the fire pit, ride the vintage Carousel or Ferris Wheel and enjoy other traditional fare before picking up a Christmas gift or two at Beaulieu’s shop.

Christmas at Beaulieu Ride the vintage Carousel or Ferris Wheel and enjoy other traditional fare

For tickets and information click here. Tickets can be booked in advance and are also available on the door.



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