From Tuesday, December 1st until Twelfth Night on Wednesday, January 6th, hundreds of thousands of lights twinkle and glow throughout The Gardens. Started in 1987, the display is so large that our lighting crew is busy for a full two months installing it, and the accompanying festive decorations.
Throughout the festive season the ice skating rink in Waterwheel Square adds an extra experience to the lighting extravaganza. Each evening the Festive Brass and Traditional Carollers perform in the crisp night air. Hot chocolate and other Christmas treats are near at hand in the cosy, fire place warmed Coffee Shop and even nearer to the music in the Blue Poppy Restaurant. More formal dining is offered in The Dining Room Restaurant with a special Magic of Christmas Menu, complete with thoroughly Christmas atmosphere.
New this year in The Dining Room Restaurant, we are pleased to offer a time limited Flavours of Christmas High Tea from December 23rd to 27th. (Please note, our regular High Tea will not be available during this period.)
Our Magic of Christmas Season starts on Tuesday, December 1st with our Light-Up Ceremony at 5pm. Join us at the Rose Carousel when the switch will be thrown to light up The Gardens. Experience Traditional Carollers and Festive Brass, all day free rides on The Rose Carousel, and of course our light displays. Remember to bring your camera! And kids (12 and under), remember to bring your hand-crafted snowflake and trade it at the coffee shop for a free hot chocolate!