Christmas 2014: Light up Hampton Court Palace

Christmas 2014: Light up Hampton Court Palace

Christmas light trail at Hampton Court Palace

25 November 2014

Discover our illuminated wonderland trail at Hampton Court this December and bring the gardens and trees to life with light.

Opens 12 December 2014 at Hampton Court Palace

Wrap up warm, grab a glow-in-the-dark trail map and join us at Hampton Court this festive season as the palace’s world famous gardens are transformed into an illuminated wonderland that will captivate the entire family.  

Visitors begin the trail at the UK’s oldest hedge maze, where twinkling lights beckon towards the centre. Follow the twist, turns and dead ends to the very heart of the maze - a photo opportunity with a difference awaits those who succeed! 

Marvel at the glittering tunnel of light which appears to stretch out into infinity as guests wind through the Wilderness, and use one of the specially designed listening gramophones to set the trees ablaze with dazzling light effects using only the sound of your voice. Following the trail through the formal gardens, visitors will discover a canal built as a gift for a Stuart queen, trees meticulously clipped in the same shape for 300 years and even a lily pond come to life, its ethereal lilies bobbing serenely on the surface.

Finally, visitors can play their own part in lighting up the palace as its iconic baroque facade becomes a giant colour palette! Using interactive technology which responds to movement, our artists’ keypad will allow visitors to ‘paint’ the palace’s entire East Front with colour. There’s even an interactive playground, for kids and big kids alike…

After completing the trail, guests can warm up with a hot cup of mulled wine, and even try out glow-in-the -dark candy floss to help navigate back through the Wilderness and off into the night.

Beautiful, magical and fun, this promises to be a festive experience enabling visitors to see the palace in a whole new light – quite literally! 

Notes for Editors

For more information and images, contact Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces press office: / 020 3166 6307.

Times, Tickets and Prices

[Please note dates and prices are only applicable to 2014]
12-23 December 2014, time slots from 17.00 to 19.00
Light trail only tickets: £10 adults / £5 child / £5 HRP members.
Entry at 16.30 is free with a valid palace day ticket. 

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower ofLondon, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. 

We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.  

Registered charity number 1068852     

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