Christmas Lights at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
On a very cold evening last week, we were lucky enough to visit the Christmas Lights at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens thanks to #BrumBloggers.
It was certainly a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit, with the trees & glasshouses of the gardens all lit up by glowing lights, lanterns & decorations.
Upon entering the light trail, we were greeted with a Victorian fairground with a few different rides. Sophie insisted that she wanted to go on the merry-go-round & sat herself down in a sleigh ready for the ride to start. Sadly, as it started to turn she decided she didn’t like it AT ALL & started to scream so had to come out. Fortunately, the other children thought the rides were fabulous! As a bonus, the parents could enjoy mulled wine & hot dogs from the nearby stands whilst watching.
The Christmas Light Trail
The trail follows a sparkling path as it winds its way through the gardens, made even more magical by the surrounding darkness of a winter’s evening.
There is so much to see along the trail. Glowing hedgerows, beaming tree canopies, glittering trees dripping with giant crystals, sparking lakes…
A fire garden…
Candelabras, Moroccan lanterns…
A twinkling pealight tunnel, shimmering reindeer…
And, the grand finale, the spectacular ribbons of light dancing across the Lawn Aviary accompanied by Christmas carols.
Around every corner there was something new to behold & both the adults & children thoroughly enjoyed each attraction.
The trail was mainly pushchair friendly apart from a few steps near the end. You could bypass the steps if need be, but the steps were not steep so fairly easy to use with the pushchair.
There were plenty of food & drink options along the trail including a hot dog stand at the fairground, hot drinks, Christmas treats & a marshmallow toasting stand (really scrummy) along the trail. There was also of course, the Botanical Gardens Cafe at the end.
The playground was open for children to use about half way along the trail. Sophie thought it was wonderful that she could go on swings & slides in the dark!
Finally, near the end of the trail, we got to see Father Christmas & his elf! Sophie was a bit nervous at first, but the performance is all behind a fenced area so she was happy to stand back & watch. The elf was really funny & had the audience joining in with clapping & cheers.
We had a lovely evening at the Christmas Lights at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The trail took around an hour to complete & by the time we reached the end we needed warming up! However, it was well worth enduring the cold.
The trail is on until the 30th December. The tickets are quite costly at £14 for adults & £8 for children aged 4-16 years, however the Botanical gardens is an educational charity so the money does go to a good cause. Under 4’s are free & there is an option of a family ticket which can work out a little cheaper. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the website. Rides & refreshments are an additional cost.
**We were given press passes to experience the Christmas Lights at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens courtesy of #BrumBloggers. All thoughts & opinions are our own.