Longleat’s spectacular Festival of Light, which is open to the public until 7 January 2018, has been designed to bring the magic of storytelling to life.
Visitors can wander through settings depicting famous scenes from Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Snow Queen and Beauty and the Beast.
At 25.5 metres, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle will be the largest lantern ever constructed for the event and a total of 30,000 metres of silk have been used to create the displays – enough to wrap around Longleat House 124 times.
The Wiltshire estate was the first place in the UK to hold such an event back in 2014. With a total of 3,000 Chinese lanterns transforming the estate into a winter wonderland, it remains among the biggest. The lanterns have been created by a team of artists from Zigong in China’s Sichuan province, which has been staging lantern festivals for more than 2,000 years.
Other displays will feature a life-sized 30 metre long floating galleon on the lake, fire dragons, the Ugly Duckling and the Little Mermaid.
The giant enchanted animated musical Christmas Tree will be returning and the Santa Trains will be transporting visitors to Father Christmas’ wintry woodland home.
Visitors can also experience a winter safari and the illuminated hedge maze and Longleat House will be decorated for an authentic, grandiose Edwardian Christmas.