Once an unusual and quirky addition to the season, a Christmas light trail is now firmly cemented in the run up to Christmas traditions. Increasingly popular, these ever growing displays are on many families to do list; getting you in the mood with Christmas music, twinkly lights and fabulous photo opportunities for all the family. We were therefore delighted to be invited to this year’s event at Heaton Park, where Sony Music/Raymond Gubbay Ltd (hosts of Dunham Massey) have created a beautiful, multi sensory display.
What’s new about Heaton Park Christmas Light Trail?
Excitingly, there are definite differences to this display, which is ideal for families with little ones (not too far to walk) or those who love a sensory experience. Bubbles, lasers and smoke machines add a real twist and new feel to the show, which genuinely created surprise and delight in both adults and children, filling us with Christmas spirit. The varying music from Nutcracker sweet to Christmas hits had everyone dancing, including a lady we passed in her mobility scooter, adorned with lights of her own… fantastic!
The lights are magical, with our personal favourites being the musical colour changing globes, majestic as they danced in time to the music, whilst our younger members (12 and 10) loved the laser garden.
What can I expect at Heaton Park Christmas Light Trail?
In the family favourites there are, of course, marshmallows to roast, mulled wine, a host of hot chocolates, loaded cookies, donuts and brownies. Hot chocolates start at £4.95 and Mulled wine (absolutely delicious at £5.95). The gourmet marshmallows were £1.85 each and were great to toast on the open fire which was kept well stocked by staff. The only disappointment, the vegan option (our minis have allergies) were around a quarter of the size for the same price – we did ask if they only got one!
…. ‘Light trail professionals’ were of course cooking their own marshmallows while we were there…
Certainly you can fill up on any number of tasty treats to keep you fuelled!
Is the Christmas Light trail at Heaton Park accessible?
The one mile, accessible Walk is well spaced out, not overcrowded and we were slightly envious of families who had remembered their multi coloured, light up scooters and accessories, including dragon wings! If a ‘relaxed trail’ with reduced volume and numbers is something you or a member of your party would benefit from there is a session available for booking from 4.30pm on the 6th December.
Dogs a plenty were also enjoying the show and it felt very inclusive with staff offering to take our group photo and a range of mobility aids in action. Toilets half way round (porter loos) were a useful stop for us too.
How much does the Heaton Park Christmas Light Trail cost?
Tickets for the Heaton Park Christmas Light trail are as follows:
£15.00 for adults
£10.00 for children
Free for under 2’s
£47.00 for a family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children
£18.00 for adults
£14.00 for children
Free for under 2’s
£61.00. for a family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children
On site car parking is available at £6.50
Would we go to the Heaton Park Christmas Light Trail again?
In short…yes! We loved the show and all around were enjoying the whole experience. You can visit up to the 31st of December. We were certainly lucky with the weather, bright clear and very chilly which always helps with the wintery feel, but a great start to the festive season!
To read another review of Heaton Park Christmas Light trail do check out Colette’s review too.
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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