Organisers of the Glow Marwell Christmas event at Marwell Zoo near Winchester have promised that this year’s illuminated trail will be bigger and better than ever before.

Family enjoying the light displays at Glow Marwell

Groups are invited to see the impressive light display for the 2023 Glow Marwell festive trail. 

The festive trail will be full of half a million twinkling lights, new illuminations and interactive elements to get the whole group into the seasonal spirit.

Younger members of the group can head to the LED playground, walk across light-up stepping stones and pose on the Rainbow Road.

This year’s multicoloured light tunnel is even longer than before, spanning 36 metres, plus the specially created Enchanted Tree will tower overhead. Also making his Glow Marwell debut will be Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

Nicky Cole, senior events manager, said: “Glow Marwell is back for 2023 and, with more than half a million lights, it’s guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever before. 

“Following the success of last year’s event we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that this year’s displays are even more magical.

“And we’re thrilled to be able to confirm that Father Christmas will be coming to Marwell with an enchanted forest themed grotto for his first ever Glow Marwell event! It’s going to be one not to miss.”

A light installation at Glow Marwell in Hampshire

Expect new and exciting illuminations throughout the walk through experience.

What else can groups expect?

There will be treats galore at the festive food cabins with sweet and savoury products on offer. The Wishing Tree will also return, along with snow machines, Christmas trees and fire pits for marshmallow toasting.

Marwell’s ancient trees will enjoy a gentle colour-wash of light and the silhouette boxes will be back, plus the team are adding a dusting of snowflakes, butterflies, colourful clouds and some top light shows throughout.

Guests with Glow Marwell tickets will be able to arrive from 1pm to visit the zoo animals ahead of the evening event. The trail will be lit from 4pm until 8pm and, for the first time, Glow Marwell tickets will also include free entry to the zoo.

Groups of all sizes are welcome, with special rates available for those of 20 or more people. For more information go to