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Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with our annual festive walk!

We’re set to kick off the countdown to Christmas with all the delights of our annual festive event and all the trimmings on 30th November – 2nd December.

Visitors of Painshill are invited to bask in the beauty of the 18th century landscape gardens, following the magical moonlit walk, in preparation of the upcoming festivities.

An opportunity to view Painshill at night, the special festive route has been designed to capture your imagination and put you in the Christmas spirit – starting with the turning on of the Christmas lights. Taking place at 5pm on Wednesday 30th November, the annual ‘switch on’ is set to awe visitors with its 15ft decorated Christmas tree, generously donated by Squires Garden Centre for the third year running and will be turned on by Martin Breddy, Managing Director of the well-known garden centre chain. The tree will be positioned outside the visitor centre, which marks the start of the festive route. Visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of local choirs including the Cantata Choirs and bell ringers, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and browse the beautiful hand-picked gifts and decorations in the Painshill shop.

Suitable for all ages, our Festive Walk will take you on a journey across the landscape where you will pass the enchanted follies and beautifully lit trees to end at the sparkling Crystal Grotto, to be greeted by refreshments and delicious festive treats in the Wishing Tent.

A much-anticipated annual event, Painshill’s Festive Walk marks the start of the festivities to come, including our Father Christmas in the Grotto experience which is open 3rd December right through to Christmas Eve. An annual sell-out, children will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his Elves in the magical Crystal Grotto, as well as receive a gift from Santa himself!

Tickets for the Festive Walk can be booked in advance here. Bookings for Father Christmas can be made online here or by calling the Father Christmas booking line 01932 584284 (10am – 4pm).