Christmas light trail at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, returns this November, from people behind Bedgebury event

A million lights will illuminate Leeds Castle's grounds this Christmas in an event run by the people behind Bedgebury's sell-out festive extravaganza.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the event and peak dates are expected to sell out fast.

The magical light trail returns to the historic Leeds Castle this Christmas. Picture: Richard Haughton for Sony Music
The magical light trail returns to the historic Leeds Castle this Christmas. Picture: Richard Haughton for Sony Music

The sparkling outdoor trail, which begins on Friday, November 25 and continues on select dates until Sunday, January 1, will bring the beautiful castle grounds near Maidstone to life with more than a million twinkling lights dotted around the 2.41km route.

You and your loved ones can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as you duck under the glowing tunnels of light, watch the reflections dancing around the moat and gaze up at the colourful trees decorated with giant baubles.

There will also be a fire garden, seasonal sounds and plenty of photo opportunities.

For those bringing small children along, keep your eye out for Father Christmas and give him a wave as he strolls through the trail - however, there will not be a grotto for children to meet him individually this year.

The after-dark event will see visitors explore the historic grounds of Leeds Castle with a festive twist.

The castle, which has recently been rethemed with 1930s-style decor, will also be open during the day.

But guests must leave the grounds and return for the evening if they plan to visit both the castle during the day and the light trail to ensure only ticket holders are able to access the trail.

Enjoy tasty food and drink as you explore the trail, including toasted marshmallows. Picture: Richard Haughton for Sony Music
Enjoy tasty food and drink as you explore the trail, including toasted marshmallows. Picture: Richard Haughton for Sony Music

Along the way, visitors can also stop at a number of food and drink chalets which will be serving hot on-the-go food, warming winter drinks and marshmallows to be toasted at the on-site fire pits.

The Leeds Castle lights have been organised by the same group behind the Christmas at Bedgebury light trail, which is usually a sellout event.

The Christmas lights at Leeds Castle take place on select dates from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, January 1. Time slots are available between 4.15pm and 8pm, however some times are only available on select dates.

To book tickets, click here.

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