Enlightened Christmas Light Trail - Castle Park, Colchester

Enlightened Christmas Light Trails 2024

Available to 24 December 2024

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Buy your tickets to one of the best things to do in Essex this Christmas at Colchester Castle Park winter light trail

Experience the magic of Christmas with Enlightened, an Essex winter light trail near you in Colchester!

If you're looking for Essex Christmas events, it's time to embark on an enchanting journey through the castle, in one of the best things to do in Essex this Christmas at Colchester Castle Park.

So if you want to head on a festive day out in Essex, are looking for the best places to visit in Essex with the family, or are even looking for things to do for couples in Colchester, Enlightened is an inspiring and breath-taking Essex day out. Buy your best price tickets online today! 

What is an Enlightened Christmas light trail?

Enlightened are a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, over 200,000 people took a stroll along an Enlightened trail and the visitor feedback was overwhelmingly superb: 

  • "It was an amazing experience. So well organised. Lovely guides along the way who were fun and added to the event." - Dawn
  • "We’d not been before but knew it would be amazing from the videos on social media. It really was spectacular and I would highly recommend to everyone, not just families." - Emily
  • "Well worth the money for an lovely fun magical experience. Nice interactive parts for kids and adults. Really well done, would return again!" - Jamie

2024 brings new installations and interactive elements across the trails to make this year's Enlightened the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

From the 6th of December 2024 to the 24th of December 2024, Castle Park in Colchester, Essex will be host to an Enlightened trail. Don't miss out on a unique and magical experience for the whole family in Colchester this Christmas in the enchanted and illuminated world of Enlightened Moments. 

Please note: The trail at Castle Park, Colchester has a number of steps towards the start of the trail and may be unsuitable for wheelchair users.

High St,
Colchester CO1 1UG
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How to find us

Colchester Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, C01 1TJ

The entrance is located by the war memorial on the High Street only. There is no access to Enlightened from any other castle park entrance.

  • Refreshment stands
  • Toilets

Once you have booked your tickets, they will be sent to you via email and SMS. 

All children must book a ticket. Children under the age of 3 are free of charge but must still book a ticket. There is a charge for children age 3-15 years. Children 16 and over pay the adult price.

Tickets for Enlightened are non-refundable and non-amendable after purchase. 

The Enlightened trail is approximately a mile in length and takes about an hour to walk around.

Re-entry is not permitted at the Enlightened trails. 

Please see the individual pages for more information on accessibility at each of the Enlightened sites. 

There will be pulsating and flashing light effects across all sections of the light trails (with additional haze/smoke effects at various points). Customers with motion sensitivity are also advised there are sections of the trail with slow motion lighting effect.

Yes, you may select a free carer ticket when booking a trail. 

Dogs on leads are only permitted on the trail at Hylands Estate in Essex. They are not permitted at any of the other trails. 

Unless the weather presents a safety issue, the event will go ahead in all conditions (rain or shine!) so please come prepared. Make sure that you wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear for the winter weather.

Please arrive at the time you have booked for. Tickets are available every 15 minutes from the event opening time.

This is a night-time outdoor attraction that illuminates a dedicated trail of light around the grounds of the venue. On the trail there are numerous static and interactive light up attractions with an enchanting soundscape.

No, refreshments are not included in the price of entry. Food vendors do accept cash and card payments. 

Unfortunately, Father Christmas is far too busy this time of year to stop by Enlightened! 

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