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What is Christmas at Kingston Lacy?

An after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens – with new installations for 2022

The magic is back at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy near Wimborne, Dorset. Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun. Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour. For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Our crew of talented independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tempting treats on offer. Complete your walk under the stars with a perfectly festive *spiced winter warmer, *hot chocolate or *toasted marshmallows shared with someone special.

Your very merriest Christmas starts here. Limited capacity with times entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice. 

*separate charges apply

What are the dates for Christmas at Kingston Lacy?

Friday 2nd December – Sunday 4th December
Wednesday 7th December – Saturday 24th December

What are the time slots?

4:00pm*, 4:30pm*, 4:45pm, 5:00pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:15pm*, 7:30pm*, 7:45pm*, 8:00pm*

*Not available for every date

Where is Kingston Lacy and how do I get there?

Address: Kingston Lacy, Nr Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

By train: Poole train station is 8.5 miles from Kingston Lacy

By road: Follow the B3082 and the brown signs

By bus: Services from Bournemouth and Poole, alight Wimborne Square. Taxis are advised for onward journey to Kingston Lacy.

Who is Christmas at Kingston Lacy suitable for?

Christmas at Kingston Lacy is suitable for all ages – to be enjoyed by everyone.

Should I arrive in advance of my visit time?

Please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes prior to your start time.

I am visiting Kingston Lacy during the day, do I need to leave before entering Christmas at Kingston Lacy in the evening?

Yes, to ensure that only ticket holders for Christmas at Kingston Lacy have entry to the trail in the evening, the last entry for daytime visitors is 2:30pm and visitors must vacate the site by the stated closing time of 3:30pm. Your ticket to Christmas at Kingston Lacy in the evening does not give you access to the house and the wider garden during the day. 

What should I wear?

Christmas at Kingston Lacy takes place outdoors and you may need to queue on busy days. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter weather. We reserve the right to refuse inappropriately clothed patrons access to the trail if it is felt they are at risk of injury.

Can I exit the trail and then come back in?

You will not be able to exit the trail and then come back in.

Where can I buy tickets from?

You can buy tickets for Christmas at Kingston Lacy here.

Do I have to book in advance / can I book on the day?

We recommend that you book early. Each timed entry has a limited capacity and the early evening and weekend slots are likely to sell out. 

What are the prices for Christmas at Kingston Lacy?

National Trust Member Pricing Advance On The Day
Adult Member Trail Entry Only £19.50 £21.50
Child (3-16 Years) Member Trail Entry Only £14.50 £16.50
Infant (0-2 Years) Member Trail Entry Only £0.00 £0.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) Member Trail Entry Only £65.00 £73.00
Carer Member Trail Entry Only £0.00 £0.00

National Trust members receive a free parking space when tickets are booked in advance. Parking will be charged if tickets are bought as on the day tickets either via the booking process or on-site.

Non-National Trust Pricing Advance On The Day
Adult Trail Entry Only £19.50 £21.50
Adult Trail Entry & A Parking Space* £27.50 £31.50
Adult Trail Entry & A Blue Badge Parking Space* £27.50 £31.50
Child (3-16 Years) Trail Entry Only £14.50 £16.50
Infant (0-2 Years) Trail Entry Only £0.00 £0.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) Trail Entry Only £65.00 £73.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) Trail Entry & A Parking Space* £73.00 £83.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) Trail Entry & A Blue Badge Parking Space* £73.00 £83.00
Carer Trail Entry Only £0.00 £0.00
Carer Trail Entry & A Parking Space* £8.00 £10.00
Carer Trail Entry & A Parking Space* £8.00 £10.00

*Includes a parking space

Infants (0-2 years) on the day of the illuminated trail and carers go free (carers should be 16+). Infant and carer tickets must be booked in advance.

All orders are subject to a single transaction charge; £2.00 per transaction for E-Tickets.

As I am a National Trust member, do I still need to pay for Christmas at Kingston Lacy or do I get a discount?

There is no discount offered to National Trust members on their ticket admission price for Christmas at Kingston Lacy. National Trust members attending Christmas at Kingston Lacy will receive a free parking space which MUST be booked online with an admission ticket and one valid National Trust membership card per vehicle is required on arrival. Failure to do either will result in full price car-parking charge. Members will be charged a transaction fee if parking is booked separately.

Can I buy additional tickets?

If you would like to add additional tickets to your order, subject to availability, you can do so by logging in to your order under the Customer Service tab. You will need to have your order reference number to hand.

Do I need to buy a parking ticket to park?

Yes, parking is limited and a parking space MUST be purchased in advance online here.

Car parking and Blue Badge is charged at £8.00 per car and a transaction fee will apply if car parking is booked separately. 

National Trust Members park for free but parking tickets MUST be booked in advance with a trail ticket. Proof of valid membership must be shown on arrival – failure to do so will result in full price car-parking charge.

If you are planning to arrive by car, please ensure that your ticket includes a parking space. Please note that every Adult Trail Entry or Family Trail Entry ticket including a parking space that you select will give you an additional parking space.  Please ensure you select the correct amount of tickets with and without parking for your party. 

If you require additional parking spaces after your initial order has been made, subject to availability, you can add more tickets to your order under the Customer Service tab. You will need to have your order reference number to hand. A transaction fee will apply if car parking is booked separately.

How/when will I receive my tickets?

Your E-Tickets can be downloaded via the link within your confirmation email, or alternatively, by logging into your order via the Customer Service tab.

I bought tickets but have not received a confirmation email. What should I do?

Please check your junk/spam folders as sometimes the confirmation email falls into these folders. If you still have not received your confirmation email, you can resend your confirmation email to yourself here.

I purchased TicketPlan, can I have a refund?

The refund protection selected at the point of purchase is a personal cover designed to cover yourself and your designated party against an unforeseen circumstance that prevents you attending the trail you have booked for. If you want to submit a claim, please fill in TicketPlan's online application form which can be found here

We will then liaise with TicketPlan to provide them with any information they may require regarding the details of your booking. Please note that you are only covered in certain circumstances and we do not guarantee that you will receive a refund from TicketPlan. If you wish to claim a refund for part of an order, that is not a problem, please fill out the application form accordingly. The full terms and conditions of the cover can be found here.

If you have any questions before submitting your claim, please contact TicketPlan here.

How long will it take to walk the trail?

It will take approximately 90 minutes to walk the trail.

Are dogs allowed at Christmas at Kingston Lacy?

Dogs are not allowed on the trail unless they are registered assistance dogs. 

Is the trail dark or covered?

In some areas the lighting will be low level as this is part of the experience. We do encourage visitors to bring along a torch in case of an emergency – this should not be used unless it is necessary.

The light trail is not covered and all visitors are reminded that this is an outdoor walk and the weather may be inclement. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. 

We reserve the right to refuse inappropriately clothed patrons access to the walk, if it is felt they are open to greater risk of injury.

If I am delayed and miss my slot, can I join a later slot?

We will try and accommodate you on the next available slot within the trail operational hours on the day. Please ensure you leave enough time for your journey if you are travelling a long way.

What time does Christmas at Kingston Lacy finish?

All customers must exit the car park by no later than 1.5 hours after the last trail start time and in all cases by 10:00pm.

Can I bring my drone?

Drones are not permitted.

Can I take photographs?

We encourage you to take photographs and to share these on social media with the hash tag #ChristmasAtKingstonLacy

What provisions do you have for disabled guests?

The trail will be created to be as accessible as possible within the context of the natural site of Kingston Lacy. The route is all on hard standing pathways and the lighting trail is designed so all elements can be viewed from the pathways.

Do you have blue badge parking for visitors with disabilities?

Yes, there are Blue Badge spaces available at the on-site car park and these should be booked at the same time as purchasing your trail ticket.

Is the route accessible for wheelchair users?

Due to the natural landscape the trail includes some gradual slopes and paths can be uneven in places. Wheelchairs are accommodated but discretion is needed as the trail may not be suitable for all. Wherever possible stewards will assist but this cannot be guaranteed.

Can I bring my mobility scooter or can mobility scooters be provided?

Mobility scooters will not be available for hire during Christmas at Kingston Lacy. You are therefore welcome to bring your own.

Am I eligible for a free carer’s ticket?

Free admission is available for essential carer's. This should be booked via See Tickets at the same time as purchasing all other tickets for the light trail and parking spaces.

I need more than one carer, what should I do?

If you require more than one carer, please visit Customer Service here. You will need your Booking Reference Number at hand.

Is there a 'quieter access' session?

Wednesday 7th December will see the Illuminated Trail open early at 4pm for audiences with specific access requirements. Guests booked onto the quiet access session should aim to enter before 4:30pm, with volumes returning to standard levels from 4:45pm, ready for the opening of the trail to the rest of the audience at 5pm.

These sessions are created for young people and adults who would love to experience the Christmas at Kingston Lacy illuminated trail without the usual numbers of people and at reduced audio volumes. These sessions will also be early enough that they will just about start in twilight making it a less daunting transition in to the dark.

The capacity of these sessions will be limited to ensure that the trail remains less crowded and more relaxed. Audiences will be the first group on-site and therefore all areas will be relatively clear.

It should be noted that on many of our trails the path network is not tarmac, and although there are stewards along the route to assist you, the trail will follow the natural contours of the venue. When booking, please talk to our staff about any additional support you may need for exiting the illuminated trail through quieter areas or help with parking closer to the start of the trail.

Ticket prices for these special access sessions are the same as the rest of illuminated trail - with free carer tickets where required. To book these sessions, please use this link here

Can I purchase food and drink on site?

There will be a number of seasonal food and drink chalets serving hot, hand-held food, catering also for younger visitors and certain dietary needs. Hot drinks will also be on offer. Visitors can also toast marshmallows at one of our purpose-built fire pits.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Only food and drink purchased on-site is permitted to be consumed during the illuminated trail.

Can I pay cash or with card?

We will only accept card payments for “on the day” parking, ride tokens and marshmallows. All other points of sale will accept cash, but to avoid unnecessary cash handling, card payment is preferred.

What will happen if the weather is bad? Will the trail be cancelled?

As Christmas at Kingston Lacy is an outdoor trail, if the weather presents a hazard and a risk to safety, any decision to cancel the trail will be taken by 2pm on the day of the trail. If the trail is cancelled, you will be notified by email and text message and you will be informed of the re-booking process. We advise you to check the website for the latest updates and before you travel.

No refunds will be offered simply if the weather is inclement.

If I am unable to attend a different day, can I get a refund?

If Christmas at Kingston Lacy is cancelled in line with the cancellation policy and ticket holders are not able to attend an alternative night offered, then a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Where a refund is due, the ticket must be returned within 28 days following the trail date. We can also offer tickets for the following year. The transaction fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

Trail partners will be working together to make improvements to sustainability and reduce the ecological impact of the trails – more information will be shared here as trail plans are developed.