IMPRESSIVE Alice in Wonderland-themed light sculptures have been installed in Ripon to pay homage to an esteemed former resident, Lewis Carroll.

More than 100 lanterns have been installed at Lightwater Valley Theme Park to illustrate Lewis Carroll's fantasy novels Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass.

Famous characters, including Alice, The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, can also be discovered by fans on the luminous light trail.

The 'Alice in Winterland' event received exceptional reviews when it made it's first appearance in London's Southwark Park last year.

This Christmas, it is fitting that the display has come to Ripon - a city in which Carroll spent his childhoold and which is said to have inspired his writing.

The author was a regular visitor to Ripon where his father was canon to the cathedral in the 19th century.

The medieval woodcarvings, hidden under the choir stalls, are believed to have inspired characters and events in Alice in Wonderland.

Annabelle St John, head of marketing and visitor experience at Lightwater Valley, said: "There is a strong connection with Lewis Carroll to the area so I think it's nice to have 'Alice in Winterland' here.

"It's the first time the event has been in the north of England so it's something completely different for visitors.

"We have over 100 lanterns and they are between eight and ten foot tall. They are really impressive.

"It takes us three weeks just to build the trail."

Among the giant lights sculptures will be the Cheshire Cat, The Pawns, Pudding Man, The Jabberwocky, Tweedle-dee and the glowing Flower Garden.

The display opens to the public on November 22 and is open selected dates until December 30. Admission fees apply.