A range of top attractions have been welcoming groups to explore their extravagant Christmas displays for the 2023 season. Here’s a look at just a few…

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool 

From dusk in the courtyard, the captivating display (pictured above) at Powis Castle will welcome people to the medieval castle, inviting them to stop and watch the projections before ascending the steps towards the grand doors where more lights await. 

‘A Treasured Christmas’ shows each State Room display taking inspiration from the treasures that lie within. Visitors are transported to different parts of the world as they explore beautifully decorated spaces, twinkling Christmas trees and festive fireplaces.

Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire

The grand estate of Hatfield Park has been transformed through nine meticulously crafted installations, designed to bring the unique Tudor heritage to life which is suitable for guests of all ages.

Queen Elizabeth I herself greets visitors before they are taken on a journey through striking light displays which link to the festivities of times gone by. 

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh 

Among the seasonal highlights of the official Scottish residence of His Majesty the King is the huge tree which sits in the Throne Room.

Velvet garlands adorn the Great Staircase and in the Royal Dining Room there is a grand table laid with a silver service, plus sugared fruit and foliage.

Hever Castle, Kent 

Now in its 17th year and a two-time winner of Best Christmas Experience at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards, groups can witness a magical Christmas experience at Hever Castle.

This year there are includes colourful lights which illuminate the front of the historic venue, as well as gardens and a lake transformed into a winter wonderland.

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

A magnificent 25-foot-high Nordmann Fir tree in St George’s Hall, grown and felled nearby in Windsor Great Park, is the highlight of the Christmas display at Windsor Castle. Illuminated with 33,500 sparkling lights, it is topped by a specially commissioned Garter Star to commemorate the anniversary.

Another glistening Christmas tree decorated with smaller Garter Stars can be seen in the Crimson Drawing Room – one of the most elaborate rooms in the castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Greeted with captivating tales and intriguing stories, this year’s new festive show at Edinburgh Castle focuses on the magic, mystery and spectacular sorcery from Scotland’s past.

With myths and legends, from fortune-telling runes and Tarot readings to the inner workings of the Portcullis Gate depicted through immersive light and sound displays, visitors of all ages can enjoy this spectacle.