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Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

The Square, Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6HR
Image shows 4 people arm in arm walking through the light installation


A stunning new illuminated Christmas trail will bring festive sparkle to Hillsborough for the first time this year.

The magical after-dark trail at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens – open from 3 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 - will enchant visitors with spectacular lighting and classical festive tunes, and transform the estate’s beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens.

Wrap up warm and be immersed in twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations.  With special light installations and even the chance to spot Father Christmas along the way, it will take between one to two hours to complete the mile-long trail, choreographed to a soundtrack of Christmas classics.

Visitors will be able to make memories as they discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees drenched in jewel-like colour; pause at the mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden and find the mistletoe bench.

Tickets: Adults £19.50 / Child £13.50 / Family of 4 £62.00  

For the safety, health and comfort of our visitors, staff and volunteers, we continue to operate with many of our COVID-19 safety measures in place, including managing visitor numbers so our sites remain safe places to visit. To guarantee entry we ask members and visitors to pre-book tickets and timed entry slots in advance. We will also welcome walk-ups wherever possible. We expect and recommend that face masks are worn in indoor spaces and that visitors continue to maintain a respectful distance from staff and other visitors not in their group.



  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
  • Wheelchair hire


  • Restaurant on Premises

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place

Establishment Features

  • Family Fun
  • Outdoor Event
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Village Location

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Opening Times

Season (3 Dec 2021 - 2 Jan 2022)

* Excluding 6th, 7th and 25th December 2021

16.30 - 20.00 (entry time slots every 15 mins)

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