Christmas at Wollaton is set to return to Nottingham this Christmas with a brand-new look, from Friday 1 December 2023 – Monday 1 January 2024.
The lights spectacular is designed around the stunning formal gardens of Wollaton Hall & Deer Park and was first launched in 2020.
The incredibly successful festive experience promises to be better than ever this year, thanks to a brand-new design team. A new creative approach will feature an array of exciting changes that have been implemented following visitor feedback.
Already established as a firm favourite in the festive calendar, Christmas at Wollaton has become a much-loved Christmas tradition for many in the East Midlands.
Nottingham City Council is working in partnership with award-winning event team Kilimanjaro to deliver the event.
After three excellent years, the organisers have hired a new design team dedicated to elevating Christmas at Wollaton to the next level, taking on board visitor feedback. Included in the team is internationally renowned Creative Director Katherine Jewkes, who will work alongside light art pioneers, Luminism; a collective of lighting designers, technicians and programmers who create unique Light Art installations across the UK.
Luminism have been designing and delivering light trails and light art installations since 2006. They fuse technology with light to create immersive experiences and engaging attractions through the manipulation of light, colours and shadows.
Tom Chennells, Managing Director at Luminism, comments: “We’re really pleased to be working with the team at Kilimanjaro and alongside Katherine to design and deliver Christmas at Wollaton 2023. We have a great foundation to build upon and look forward to bringing our creations to the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall.”
Katherine is an award-winning Creative Director, specialising in digital and immersive experiences for over 15 years. She has brought adventurous ideas to life for leading names such as Twitter, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC, and has worked for National Theatre Wales, Manchester International Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Louvre (Abu Dhabi). Katherine is also the Creative Director of Bristol Light Festival.
Katherine Jewkes comments: “We’re looking forward to creating an exciting new look for 2023, where we will reimagine the unique grounds of Wollaton Hall. I am so excited to bring Christmas joy to visitors at Wollaton this December.”
Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Christmas at Wollaton has become a regular fixture in Nottingham’s festive calendar and it’s great to see it return with a brand-new light trail for 2023. I’m pleased that we can offer the Nottingham city resident discount again for this year. We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to enjoy this enchanting and illuminating experience for all the family, in the grounds of our much-loved heritage venue.”
Organisers at Kilimanjaro commented on the return and revamp for 2023: “We’re incredibly excited to be back in Nottingham for a fourth year. The new design team have created a whole new look for this year’s event, and we can’t wait to share with everyone how spectacular Christmas at Wollaton is going to be. This year we are offering visitors an incredible 25% off if they join the waiting list which will give them early access to the guaranteed lowest prices. We would urge people to sign up and book early to make the most of the savings.”
Visitors are encouraged to sign up to the waiting list for exclusive access to the Christmas at Wollaton pre-sale, which offers a 25% discount across all dates and time-slots. Those signed up will be emailed a link on Monday 24 July when the pre-sale opens.
Tickets are priced from £19.25* for adults, £12.75* for children, £54* for a family ticket and £18* for an adult group (15+). Nottingham city residents will also be able to receive a 10% discount on tickets, available on selected time-slots.
*excluding booking fee
General booking will open in August following the pre-sale. Find out more at whatsonnottingham.com.