The new 'magical' Christmas light trail in Romsey that will 'transform' Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The new light trail will be an 'unforgettable' experience. A brand new Christmas trail is coming to Romsey later this month in the run-up to Christmas, which is set to provide an "unforgettable" experience for all the family. For the first time in its history, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will be lit up in festive celebration, with an "awe-inspiring" light trail perfect for all the family.

The trail, which will be available on numerous dates in the lead-up to Christmas, will "transform" the award-winning gardens into a "multi-sensory world of light and sound". The gardens, which stretch to about 180-acres, will be illuminated in the darkness of night to provide a "magical walking experience" for the whole family.

Opening near the end of this month (November 24), the trail will be open until the end of the year (December 31) when hundreds, if not thousands, of guests will be welcomed over various different dates. The county-owned gardens will host a shimmering Tree of Joy, hypnotic lasers around the pond, mesmerising projected animals on the trees and a breathtakingly beautiful light show in Himalayan Valley.

As well as all the festive light installations, the event will also provide guests with a range of delicious food options to indulge in while getting into the festive spirit. With street food and delicious festive beverages available for guests to enjoy, the trail is perfect for everyone.

Lucinda Croft, Light Up Trails' co-director, said: "Never before have the gardens been open at night in the winter so we're aiming to make it a truly memorable happening - not only with the awesome creativity of the illuminations, but also creating a delight for all the senses with music and our deliciously seasonal food and drink."

The imposing 18th century façade of Jermyn's House will provide the backdrop for Christmas Elves, a charming animated Christmas story with elves moving from window to window created by award-winning international light artist Ross Ashton and projected onto the walls of the house. A hypnotic show of moving lights by Jon Oliver will bring the pond to life in spectacular fashion and lighting designer James Smith is designing a breath-taking panoramic projection at the Himalayan Valley telling the story of the four seasons in coloured lights.

As the trail draws to a close there the Sparkles show sends visitors on their way having been surrounded by an array of golden lights. Tickets can be booked online at

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