Christmas at Bedgebury

Event details


A magical trail with new lights for 2024 – an after-dark stroll through our world-leading collection of conifers

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is a place to make new memories with your friends and family this Christmas. Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun. 

Created by award-winning, internationally acclaimed light trail producers, Christmas at Bedgebury is firmly positioned as an unmissable experience within the UK’s seasonal calendar. It has everything you need for an unforgettable time with your loved ones, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas.

Discover a sparkling flock of jolly robins, giant luminous seed pods floating high into the night sky, neon gallopers peeping out behind trees, sparkling tunnels of light and the forest filled with all the colours of the rainbow.

Grab a seasonal snack from the Bedgebury café at the visitor centre or one of the hand-picked street food vendors . Complete your walk under the stars with a perfectly festive *spiced winter warmer, *hot chocolate or *toasted marshmallow and share it with someone special.

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

*separate charges apply


  • Friday 15 - Sunday 17 November
  • Friday 22 - Sunday 24 November
  • Thursday 28 November - Sunday 1 December
  • Wednesday 4 - Sunday 8 December 
  • Tuesday 10 - Tuesday 24 December 
  • Thursday 26 December - Wednesday 1 January

Trail entry time slots

To avoid overcrowding and ensure the enjoyment of all visitors on the illuminated trail you will need to select a time slot when booking.

Time slots vary depending on the date, but generally take place every 15 minutes between 4:15pm to 8pm. Please ensure you arrive at the trail entrance promptly for your allocated start time. Advanced booking is essential. 


Tickets are priced according to the date and time slot as peak, standard and off peak. Please select the time slot you wish to book and the relevant prices will be shown. Peak, off peak and standard times vary by date. Off-peak tends to apply to mid-week and later timeslots. Peak pricing tends to apply to weekend, closer to Christmas and earlier timeslots. 

Admission ticket type PeakStandard Off peak
Child (3-16 years old)£18£15£12
Infant (0-2 years old)Free*Free*Free*
Family (2 adults, 2 children)£83**£72**£55**
Personal assistantFree*Free*Free*

*there is no charge for infant or personal assistant entry but these must be booked in conjunction with a full price ticket.

**to book your family ticket simply select 2 Adult and 2 Child tickets and the relevant discount will be applied in the basket. 

All orders subject to £2.50 transaction fee.


There is a charge for parking at this special event. If you plan on arriving by car, a parking space must be purchased in advance along with your trail entry tickets online.  

Parking for Christmas at Bedgebury costs £8 per car. Accessible spaces for Blue Badge holders are available in the Visitor Centre car park, parking charge applies. We are offering Forestry England Members one free parking space, this must be booked in advance, see below for details. 

Offer for Forestry England Members

We are offering all Forestry England Members one free parking space, when booked in advance. Make sure that you are logged in to your membership account and purchase an ‘adult trail entry' and 'parking’ ticket, our booking system will automatically change the price to a trail only ticket at checkout and allocate your free parking space.   

The members offer is only available when booking tickets via Forestry England and is not available in conjunction with any other offer. 

Relaxed Session

This session is for adults and young people, with additional needs, who would love to experience Christmas at Bedgebury without the usual high volumes of people. For Christmas at Bedgebury 2024, this will be held at 4pm on Saturday 23 November, Wednesday 4 December and Tuesday 10 December.

More information and book a relaxed session