New festive lights spectacular set for Christmas at Wollaton

This festive season, Wollaton Hall will host its first magical Christmas lights trail, as the formal gardens are transformed for the first time ever into an enchanted light spectacle, Christmas at Wollaton Hall

From 27 November, visitors will be able to enjoy a unique socially distanced outdoor light installation. Wollaton Hall which is run by Nottingham City Council is working in partnership with award winning event team Kilimanjaro to deliver the event, working alongside Manchester-based theatrical pyro-technician Walk The Plank to  create a new event with an enchanting, winter paradise including a 2km (1¼ mile) illuminated trail of discovery created with four magical lands, specially designed to fit into the natural landscape of the Hall and Gardens.  

People of all ages will be captivated by this visually stunning mix of fire, light, and sound. A seasonal classic with a contemporary twist. 

Nottingham City Council and Kilimanjaro are committed to delivering a safe event for all. Measures include careful planning of the trail route to manage visitor flow, ensuring that social distancing can be safely maintained throughout and a number of other safety measures including contactless payments and e-ticket access will be in place.

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said: “With our 2020 events programme being heavily affected by Covid-19 we are pleased to be working with Kilimanjaro to deliver what will be an amazing spectacle in the grounds of Wollaton Hall this Christmas season. The event will add much to the city’s fantastic Christmas events offer and is expected to draw thousands of visitors from across the region and beyond.

We are also pleased to be able to offer a ticket discount to our city residents if they buy tickets before the end of September. We look forward to seeing lots of visitors old and new at Wollaton for this brand new seasonal event.

So, what will Christmas at Wollaton look like?

Visitors will begin their journey in a fairy-lit woodland winterscape. As they move through the festive forest they will be greeted by the awesome sight of the Windswept Trees, a unique ethereal sculpture made by renowned artist Hannelora Johansson

A stunning light tunnel then brings people to a magical realm awash with colour, a contrasting bold contemporary Christmas colour-scape designed to celebrate the full spectrum of vibrant Christmas colours. 

Then onto the Camellia glass house which will be bathed in an amber glow and the formal gardens where fire and flame meet flora and fauna. As visitors enter the final zone there will be a dramatic finale designed to take your breath away. 

As well as enjoying the dazzling lighting display there will be the opportunity along the route to enjoy festive food and drink from the city’s finest independent vendors, with traditional mulled wine and roast chestnuts. As well as Wollaton’s seasonal market and Christmas bar, perfectly positioned in the courtyard at the end of the trail.  

To ensure safety for all visitors Christmas at Wollaton is open from 4.30–10pm with pre-bookable slots staggered every 30 minutes. Christmas at Wollaton will run from Friday 27 November 2020 until Wednesday 6 January 2021 (and will be closed on 25 December and 1 January 2021).    

e-Tickets for the event go on sale 8 September are priced at *£17.50 for an adult and *£12.50 for children. Family tickets are *£59.50. *subject to a booking fee. 

Early Bird – For those early birds that live in the City of Nottingham we are pleased to offer a 10% ticket discount on all tickets purchased before the end of September to all Nottingham city residents

Light up your Christmas at Wollaton Hall and make your Christmas extra special.

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Posted on 08 September 2020

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