Winter illuminations in West Sussex

The atmospheric winter nights are the perfect backdrop for colourful, dazzling light displays and illumination events.

From illuminated steam trains to magical woodland trails, we’ve picked the most exciting events happening across West Sussex to help fill your evenings with colour, joy and a bit of sparkle.

Glow Wild

Glow Wild and Wakehurst

Date: 24 November 2022 – 1 January 2023

Wander the spellbinding trail of winter lanterns at Wakehurst. This immersive illumination returns for its ninth year with several new installations celebrating the beauty of nature through enchanting trails of projections, soundscapes and fire torches.

A treat for all ages, the record-breaking location also hosts the UK’s largest natural screen and the tallest living Christmas tree, adorned with over 1,800 lights.

Quiet sessions are available for visitors with disabilities to make for a more comfortable visit, while still enabling the opportunity to experience the sensory benefits Glow Wild has to offer.

Leonardslee Illuminated

Leonardslee Illuminated

Dates: 24 – 27 & 30 November. 1 – 4 & 7 – 21 December 2023

A gleaming trail is carved with light, surrounded by luminous trees and an iconic illuminated moon which floats majestically over the still lake.

Leonardslee welcome you to their spectacular new winter trail through their immaculately landscaped Grade I listed gardens. Enjoy the Christmas illuminations and trails through the woods with enchanting light displays, music, theatre and large-scale projections onto Leonardslee House.


SteamLights 2023

Date: 10 November 2022 – 8 January 2023

Brighten up the dark winter evenings with an unforgettable trip on the radiant Bluebell Railway. SteamLights 2023 has sparkle, glow and shimmer all on board a steam train covered with thousands of lights.

Board your very own luxury compartment enjoying drinks and a personalised picnic hamper before embarking on a special journey through the Sussex countryside with shimmering festive scenes scattered in the clearings and filled with colour.

Enjoy a light show perfectly timed to music and narration for a multi-sensory experience.

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