It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for a festive light trail.

Especially because there is one particular dazzling array of lights in the North East that has been named among the best to visit this Christmas.

It's mere days now until December, so, why not start planning accordingly?

AGLOW at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland was featured in the ‘Best UK Christmas Light Trails 2023’ by Radio Times.

The 1.5-mile sparkling trail has been included alongside the likes of Christmas at Kew Gardens and Lanterns and Light at Chester Zoo.

It’s the perfect excuse to wrap up warm and wander around the 17 illuminations lighting up the sky in County Durham.

What did Radio Times say about AGLOW at Auckland Castle?

The publisher said: “Auckland Castle in County Durham is home to one of the biggest and brightest light trails in the north of England.

“The 1.5-mile walk is packed full of incredible moments, such as the 100-metre light tunnel, the interactive illuminations featuring real fire, and the 30-metre-tall Christmas tree.

“Plus, little ones will be captivated by Santa’s Village where Mr Claus himself will put on a show with his mischievous elves.”

It runs from November 22 until December 31 – tickets are available to book online now starting from £13.

The Northern Echo: Have you booked your tickets to see AGLOW at Auckland Castle?Have you booked your tickets to see AGLOW at Auckland Castle? (Image: Stuart Boulton/The Northern Echo)

The best UK Christmas light trails in 2023

Here are the top 11 Christmas light trails in the UK for the 2023 festive season, according to Radio Times:

  • Christmas at Kew
  • Christmas at Bute Park
  • Christmas at Bedgebury
  • Christmas at Belton
  • Lanterns and Light at Chester Zoo
  • Christmas at Blenheim Palace
  • Windsor Great Park Illuminated
  • Christmas at Leeds Castle
  • AGLOW at Auckland Castle
  • Christmas at Kenwood
  • Christmas at Eltham Palace

You can read more about each Christmas light trail on the Radio Times website including ticket prices.