FIRST LOOK: Christmas At Belton dazzles with new showstoppers

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas At Belton with more than a million lights and dazzling new showstoppers.

The new magical after-dark trail, back for a third year, is now open at National Trust’s Belton House in Lincolnshire, on selected nights until January 2, 2022.

GET TICKETS: A timed entry system is in place, with visitors encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment - visit christmasatbelton.com.

Floraison, by French artist Pitaya, is a jaw-dropping highlight - a carpet of floating poppies, suspended from tree branches

Other trail highlights for 2021 - with lots of new Instagram selfie opportunities- include the Neon Trees, a marvel to behold, with branches interwoven with multicoloured neon lights.

Carol of the Bells lights the night sky with colour changing spheres of light.

A heart-shaped tunnel of love is also guaranteed to bring loved ones close on the mile-long trail. which is now a seasonal highlight on Lincolnshire's festive calendar, attracting visitors from all over the region.

Returning favourites include Cathedral of Light, Fire Garden and, of course, a jolly visit from Santa.

Visitors are immersed in not just. a sea of moving lights, colours and patterns, but Christmas songs and smalls, from the selected food and drink sellers on route.

Colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music, has again transformed Belton’s majestic gardens into a spectacular winter wonderland.

In a year where family and friends are looking to reunite over the festive season, the trail will provide awe and wonder for everyone who visits.

It’s a magical experience where everlasting memories are made with family and friends, discovering sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

Floraison, by French artist Pitaya, is a jaw-dropping highlight - a carpet of floating poppies,

Christmas at Belton is one of 14 outdoor illuminated trails staged across the UK by Raymond Gubbay Limited, a division of Sony Music. Christmas at Belton is presented in partnership with the National Trust and the trail is created by Culture Creative.

Ian Cooper, General Manager of National Trust Lincolnshire, said: "I've been in this job for five years and lived in this ares for more than 30 years - IK've never seen anything like this. It's just fabulous.

"This is our third year and it's such a fantastic event.

"This year we've taken the trail gone up to the fishing lake, an area it's never been before and we have about 10 new lighting installations throughout the trail. So even if you’ve been before, this is new.

Christmas At Belton now open on selected nights to January 2022.

"The Cathedral of Light is back and is one of my favourites. But there's a new installation. called Floria, which is absolutely fantastic. It looks like a carpet of floating poppies.

"It encapsulates everything about Christmas. The atmosphere in the courtyard, the Victorian rides, a mile-long walkthrough with different Christmas music.

"Have a great time and dress appropriately. It can get cold and muddy, though we have a gravel footpath.

"Get in quick. Tickets have been sold all year and some tim slots are nearly sold out. Weekends are getting full but there's plenty of availability in the week. We would encourage people to pre-book."

* For a first look at Christmas At The Belton 2021 see our exclusive video report online and on our social channels.

LINKS:

Neon Trees. Photo by Richard Haughton

Address: Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LW

Carol of the Bells. Photo by Richard Haughton