The most magical time of the year. Now I have been to my fair share of Christmas light trails and I’m going to get straight to the point – this one is stunning. Everything you could wish for to create truly unforgettable memories right here at the Magical Woodland at Blakemere Village in Cheshire.
Magical Woodland will run from 24th November to 24th December 2023. Tickets are allocated by staggered trail start times and digital tickets received via email are accepted. Around 1 mile long, we’d recommend allowing approximately 1.5 hours to enjoy the experience and spend time eating ‘grub in the woods’ in the outdoor food court equipped with music and multiple open fires for toasting marshmallows. It took 1 adult, a tween and a 7 year old just over an hour to walk the trail and we then spent 30-45 minutes in the food court.
This year was a first taking a tween to experience Christmas so I was apprehensive about how well it would go. I had nothing to worry about. We fully immersed ourselves into the magic of Christmas. Walking in a daze through dazzling cathedral canopies of fairy lights, captivating Borealis-style lasers and clouds of flying lanterns was everything we’d hoped for and more.
What did we think of the Magical Woodland?
It was AMAZING. Of all the Cheshire Christmas light trails I have experienced over the last decade; this was truly a favourite and one that I will most definitely be looking out for to kick-start the Christmas season next year. The weather was perfectly still, the moon shone brightly in a completely clear sky and whilst it was freezing (literally freezing point), the whole evening was perfect. The trail is woodland so terrain will differ significantly depending on the weather. I know we struck lucky with our excellently timed visit. The attention to detail was spectacular and the trail was so varied with many different themes as you navigate your way round.
What else can you expect when you visit the Magical Woodland?
The spectacular light trail is quite something, but there’s more. ‘Grub in the wood’ is the outdoor food court and the offerings are delicious. You build up to this as it’s at the end of the trail but it is so worth the wait. Hot chocolate, special coffees, marshmallows on sticks for toasting on open fires, jacket potatoes, nachos, pizzas, burgers, the list goes on. You can spend as long as you like in this area taking in all that they have to offer, not forgetting the extra sweet treats of brownies and waffles.
How much will it cost to visit the Magical Woodland in 2023?
- Adults £23.95
- Children (2-15 years) £16.50
- Infant (0-2) FREE
- Carer £10.00
- Family (2 adults 2 children) £75.00
Car parking at the Magical Woodland?
There is plenty of parking on-site within the village which can be booked online when purchasing tickets for a small price of £2.50. All parking is within a short walk from the start of the trail.
Can I see Santa at the Magical Woodland?
Yes, but not just Santa. You can stop by to say “hello” to Santa and Mrs Claus but watch out for the Grinch takeover. The Grinch and Cindy-Lou are getting up mischief on the trail. Watch out for his sharp tongue in Whoville.
Can I stay over at the Magical Woodland?
There are a collection of luxury lodges, or so I am told, nestled in a private clearing on the Blakemere Holiday Park just a 5 minute walk from the entrance to the trail