Looking for a fun, mesmerising trail for the family to enjoy this festive season, You will definitely want to add Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light to your list, you can either visit and do the Journey of Light by itself or combine it with the Christmas Spectacular.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular was unfortunately cancelled in 2020, due to the pandemic, lots of people were left disappointed not to see their favourite Christmas show, however the team at Thursford came up with a stunning alternative, the Enchanted Journey of Light.
This year they are BOTH happening! (Although the Light Journey is slightly shorter due to having the Spectacular taking place) AND Father Christmas is BACK!
Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light
The Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light, is a magical walk-through experience for all ages running from 19th November 2022 until 28th December 2022
This indoor wonderland trail of steam engines, kinetic fairy-tale characters and an immersive light and sound experience (which has incorporated Santa’s Magical Journey) that leads to a 4-acre Lantern Light Extravaganza of beautiful and breath-taking outdoor luminous sculptures, from a fantasy forest of jungle animals to the wilds of the North Pole.
Father Christmas is back at Thursford for 2022, it is not included in the Enchanted Journey of Light. If you want to do the Enchanted Journey and see Father Christmas you book through the Santa’s Magical Journey Page
Your journey will progress into the Fantasyland Building, you will travel past the penguins and polar bears to the giant-sized teddy bears!
Get ready to see how the elves have loaded Santa’s sleigh, then past the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory using the wondrous wrapping machine!
Throughout your journey you’ll meet lots of fantasy land characters including the snowman family, make sure you watch out for their snowballs!
As well as the characters, there are lots of beautiful lights and lit up animals, making the enchanted journey a truly spectacular experience.
Once you’ve completed the indoor part of the christmas journey, its time to venture outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza, and it certainly was exactly that!
Your journey continues as you venture outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza, with lots of creatures to marvel at- a beautiful, breath-taking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole.
A couple of the lights were perfect for family pics, or teen selfies!
A beautiful, breath-taking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole.
The underwater area had some stunning jellyfish, turtles, fish, all looking amazing lit up.
One of my favourite areas was the jungle, with Rhinos, Tigers, Lions, Giraffes and Elephants.
So many different lights and all spread out beautifully to ensure everyone could see them, whilst maintaining enough space between yourselves and another group, and plenty of room for everyone to take their photos.
Both children loved discovering the next part of the journey, and guessing which animals they would find next.
*Vintage funfair rides are not included in the price
Tickets for The Enchanted Journey of Light are available separately through the website HERE cost is £20 per person. Children aged 2 and under FREE (a ticket must still be booked for Children aged 2 and under). There is an additional £1.50 transaction fee per booking.
**Father Christmas is NOT at this event**
** If you want to do the Enchanted Journey and see Father Christmas please book through Santa’s Magical Journey Page
Entry into the Enchanted Journey of Light before or after the show is available to Christmas Spectacular ticket holders, but it is only guaranteed if you purchase a ticket on days when the event is running to non Spectacular customers.
Christmas Spectacular customers can access the Journey on the day without pre booking, but this is subject to availability and not guaranteed.
For anyone with additional needs, there is a relaxed afternoon on 4th December where queuing will be less, music will be quieter and lighting will be softer.
We were invited along to Thursford Christmas Spectacular and Enchanted Journey of Light for the Press night, all thoughts and opinions are our own.