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Christmas light trails around Birmingham for 2021

There are Christmas light trails popping up all over Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcestershire for Christmas 2021.

As we embark on festive get togethers, following last year’s cancellations due to the pandemic, many attractions are choosing to make their events outdoor light spectacles to comply with current government guidelines.

There are illuminated trails happening at Alton Towers, Webbs of Wychbold, Trentham Gardens, the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, West Midland Safari Park and more.

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Be sure to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and stay at home if you have any Covid symptoms.

Check out our Big Christmas Guide on the Brummie Mummies Podcast for loads of fun ideas of things to do over the festive period here.

Lightopia at Alton Towers

There’s a new attraction at Alton Towers for Christmas 2021 and it’s called Lightopia.

Promising guests the chance to experience ‘a whole year in an hour’, this light trail will take you through the four seasons via a mixture of lanterns, light installations and interactive colour transformations.

Running from November 27 to January 2, the light festival is suitable for all the family and runs from 4pm to 8pm each day. Book tickets here

There’s also a new Towers Street Christmas Market with 60 festive stalls at the Stoke on Trent attraction.

Farley Lane, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB

Enchanted Garden Light Trail at Webbs of Wychbold

This 1.1 mile Enchanted Garden Light Trail has opened at Webbs of Wychbold – and features a fairy tale theme with Thumbelina, the Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk and many illuminated wildlife creatures along the way.

There’s a rainbow bridge in a hidden wood, glowing white snowdrop lights and a Night Before Christmas section with a snow machine covering dozens of glistening Christmas trees before you get to see Santa. Read our review here

Runs until Sunday January 2. Find out more and book tickets here.

Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich WR9 0DG

Christmas at Trentham Gardens

There’s a light trail with 15 different light displays, specially composed music, a projection show and a 32ft Christmas tree at Trentham Gardens’ new £1 million festive event.

Families can enjoy watching Father Christmas and fairies as they are projected onto the walls of Trentham Parish Church whilst lasers are beamed into the sky, which will be visible for miles around.

A 100 metre ‘trellis of light’ can be walked through and ‘origami ships’ can be seen floating on the mile-long lake at the Staffordshire attraction too.

Runs from November 26, 2021 to January 9, 2022, tickets start from £13 for children, £19.50 for adults and family tickets for £58. Book your tickets here

Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG

Winter Glow in Malvern

A light trail forms part of the huge Winter Glow event at the historic 90-acre Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Organisers are promising a ‘fabulous spectrum of winter colours and new installations’ with light tunnels, dancing water fountains, giant illuminated flowers and fire garden.

There’s also a winter village alongside several immersive sound and light installations to entertain the whole family, including a Tim Burton-inspired indoor dark section lit with UV light.

Food and drink is available during the light trail as it passes through the Festive Food Quarter.

It launches on December 4 and runs until January 2, 2022. Prices start from £10.

There’s also a 120ft big wheel, a 2k ‘arctic train ride’, a festive food quarter, ice rink and large Santa Workshop grotto at the event too. Find out more and book tickets here

Malvern, WR13 6NW

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BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.

Lantern Festival at West Midland Safari Park

There’s 1,000 lanterns lighting up West Midland Safari Park at the moment as part of its new Lantern Festival Trail.

The three kilometre route starts outside the Discovery Zone and snakes its way around the theme park.

Having launched ahead of October half term, it’s not a Christmas trail but some parts are decidedly festive!

You can visit on evenings up until December 5. Read our review here

There’s also Santa Safari running from November 26 to December 24, where you can go on a sleigh ride to see Santa in his grotto, post letters into a talking letterbox and choose a present from the Elves’ Workshop.

There are complimentary mince pies and cookies to collect from Mrs Claus’ Kitchen and lots of Christmassy things to do in the Discovery Trail, which is normally full of snow. Runs from find out more and book here

Walking with The Snowman Trail

Not a light trail, but a Christmassy trail that’s free and right in the heart of the city centre, the new Walking with The Snowman Trail will transform the streets into a colourful art spectacle, in a similar way to the Big Hoot owls did back in 2015.

Created by Wild in Art, the event has a 12 Days of Christmas theme and so there are 12 snowman sculptures that have been painted by local artists, one to represent each element of the popular carol.

Presented by Retail BID Birmingham, the trail runs from Wednesday, November 17 to Thursday, January 6, 2022 so there’s plenty of time to try it out when Christmas shopping, over the holidays and into the new year.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is the partner charity for the trail and families are encouraged to make a donation at each sculpture using a QR code.

Please support our #BrumWish 2021 campaign here or visit our #BrumWish Amazon wishlist here

Take a look at our ideas for cheap Christmas events in Birmingham, Christmas train rides and gorgeous Christmas shops in the Midlands plus details on all the best Santa Grottos too.

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