Garth Park illuminated Christmas light trail returns to Bicester for the second year running. We went last year and again yesterday in our endeavour to support and appreciate local activities. Now the light trail is not massive, just goes around the good old Garth park, so don’t expect a Blenheim palace; but, it is a pretty good effort to get you in the Christmas spirit and for a price of 5£ adults, 2.5£kids and under 5s going free, you can’t really complain! GOOD JOB BICESTER TOWN COUNCIL!
We parked in the Wilko’s car park and the light projection in the sky (looking like balls) caught Ay’s attention. The light show on the house is actually pretty impressive with lovely laser light illuminations choreographed to different Christmas songs (including my favourite, Carol of the bells). Make sure you watch the entire loop from start to finish. I think it lasts about 6-7 minutes and is the mainstay of the whole experience.
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You then go around the pond to the back of the house. Now that we have a previous trail to compare to, I think this part was better in the previous edition, but its not bad still and Ay always loves the dancing snowflakes.
I was surprised to see Santa’s Grotto too, which has very creatively been created in the band stand. Despite the fact that the illuminated trail was on MY OWN website Christmas list, I did not know there was a grotto in here too. Bizarre right, but, well, thats me!! Turns out you have to prebook Santa and its only 2.5£ per child (adults go free). Perfect price for a quick hello to the man himself but I don’t think the meet and greet will last long.
After you go past the grotto, the back of the house has some dancing lights on the ground and there are giant baubles hanging on the illuminated trees. There is a short changing colour twinkly light tunnel on the left hand side of the play area, which was pretty cool. It was not busy and we had the entire light tunnel to ourselves to take as many pictures as we wanted, which is a luxury.
This is a dead end though as the tunnel leads to two vendors; one with lighted up toys and another with candy floss etc. I hate light swords but I must say the prices were reasonable (we had paid 15£ for a Minecraft sword in Hyde park, and here it was half the price!). I also saw some other stalls here which were not filled. I am assuming these are for the Christmas market, but I am not sure when the vendors will appear.
You then trace your steps back to the start, where you can exit or go around again. We watched the house show one more time before heading off.
All in all, we spent about 25-30 minutes maximum on site, so even if you are very slow, you still won’t be spending ages here. However, it is pretty good and the size just perfect for little legs. They have listened to the feedback and added in Santa (and a Christmas Market) this year, so, the hope is, it will get bigger (and even better) every year. It really is good value for the cheapest tickets on market and we should support them in any way possible. At a time when everything is getting so expensive, we need such activities to grow to make it affordable for everyone, so if you live locally, please do have a look..!
Sat 3rd December 2022 – Sun 18th December 2022
The Garth, Launton Rd, Bicester OX26 6PS, United Kingdom
Entry fee applies (5£ adults, 2.5£kids, under 5s free). Tickets are on sale HERE.
Santa’s Grotto can be booked separately for 2.5£ child, adults go free. Tickets are on sale HERE.
No parking on site (can park in Wilkos-1£ for the hour or Aldi for free)
No Toilets on site
Selected Refreshments available
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