Running from 6 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, ‘Christmas at Longleat’ is a brand new family event featuring everything from Britain’s tallest Singing Christmas Tree and Santa Trains, to the illuminated Love Labyrinth and festive storytelling featuring real flying owls.
Britain’s tallest Singing Christmas Tree is back with a spectacular 15-minute show featuring 80,000 pixel mapped lights, 3D video projection and flurries of snow while singing and a selection of favourite yuletide tunes.
Visitors can walk through a 50-metre-long tunnel of lights which react and dance to the sounds of sleigh bells, Christmas cheer and a crackling fire.
A display of lights will transform the giant facade of Longleat House into a series of festive scenes as visitors wander among a forest of 100 decorated Christmas Trees.
There will be a winter wonderland snow-strewn trail with illuminated flowers through Monkey Temple and the Longleat’s famous Love Labyrinth is being decked out with twinkling fairy lights and glittering disco balls.
Main Square will be alive with the sound of carol singing, Christmas cracker jokes and daily performances, while visitors can enjoy the magical ‘A Flight Before Christmas’ in the Longhouse as festive tales are brought to life by the aerial grace and agility of flying tawny, barn and eagle owls.
The Longhouse will also be playing host to an all-new Elf Show, a theatre piece performed by two elves as they prepare for a Christmas to remember.
The hugely popular Santa Train will be picking up passengers from Longleat Central Station to whisk them away to a magical woodland grotto to meet Father Christmas himself.
During the day, visitors can also enjoy all of Longleat’s animal and adventure attractions, including the Winter Safari Drive-through, Koala Creek, Jungle Kingdom, Jungle Cruise and ever popular Adventure Castle.
The Singing Christmas Tree is 20 metres tall, covered in more than 88,000 lights and fitted with four snow-making machines.
It takes a team of 15 people four days to decorate the giant tree, which is covered with tens of thousands of individual lights, all of which have to be fitted in place by hand.
Made from 14 separate sections and incorporating an extraordinary 12km of lighting cables, the tree was created by a team of British craftsmen and is the only one of its kind in Europe.
Staff use the cherry picker to decorate the highest sections of the tree, which plays a selection of traditional Christmas music and carols and features a series of spectacular animated light shows.