What you need to know

What is Christmas at Delamere Forest?

Christmas at Delamere Forest is an after-dark illuminated trail with over a million lights and seasonal sounds bringing bundles of festive cheer to the forest. Look forward to a magical time together with your family and friends as you discover glittering tunnels of light and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. Pause at mesmerising flames in the fire garden for a moment of reflection, wander beneath larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

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

*separate charges apply

What are the dates for Christmas at Delamere Forest?

  • Friday 25 November - Sunday 27 November 
  • Friday 2 December - Sunday 4 December
  • Friday 9 December - Sunday 11 December
  • Friday 16 December - Saturday 24 December
  • Monday 26 December - Saturday 31 December 

What are the illuminated trail times?

4,15pm*,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 Christmas at Delamere Forest and how do I get there?

Address: Delamere Forest (main Visitor Centre), Linmere, Delamere, Northwich. Sat Nav Postcode: CW8 2HZ

  • By road: Delamere Forest is located off the B5152 between Delamere and Hatchmere.  Sat Nav Postcode: CW8 2HZ
  • By train: The forest is served by Delamere train station. The station is a 15 minute walk from the start of the trail. Visit National Rail for further details

Who is Christmas at Delamere suitable for?

Christmas at Delamere Forest is suitable for all ages – to be enjoyed by everyone. 

Should I arrive in advance of my ticketed time slot?

We would advise arriving 15 minutes before your chosen illuminated trail start time.

I am visiting Delamere during the day, do I need to leave the site before entering Christmas at Delamere Forest in the evening?

Yes, to ensure that only ticket holders for Christmas at Delamere Forest have entry to the illuminated trail in the evening, daytime visitors must vacate the site by the stated closing time of 3pm.

Can we see Father Christmas?

Around Christmas, Father Christmas is extremely busy and is unable to meet children individually, however, be sure to look out for him as he will be on the trail this Christmas!

Will there be strobe lighting?

There will be lighting sequences created within the lighting design that will have some flashing lights contained within them, however, these will not be strobe lighting. We have worked to guidelines on photosensitive epilepsy and will adhere to the industry standard of synchronising effects and locking the sequences to ensure that lights do not operate at more than 5 flashes per second.

What should I wear?

Christmas at Delamere Forest 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 illuminated trail if it is felt they are open to a greater risk of injury.

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4.15pm to 8pm (time slots vary by date)
Delamere Forest

An enchanting after-dark illuminated trail through a festive forest – with new installations for 2022

Christmas at Delamere Forest will bring you bundles festive cheer as our spectacular installations and seasonal sounds sparkle through the forest. 

Forest with lakeside path

Delamere Forest, south-west of Manchester, is a place to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest.