Christmas 2023 is officially ’lit’ as Wales’ flagship festive lights trail opens to the public once again

Thousands stepped into Christmas at Bute Park over the course of the award-winning event’s opening weekend, immersing themselves in a never-before-seen experience

Christmas 2023 is officially ‘lit’ after Wales’ flagship attraction opened to the public this weekend for its third year, with an all-new array of sights, sounds and seasonally spectacular street food in tow.

Christmas at Bute Park is back and bigger than ever, with an all-new layout, live music on selected dates and an extra half a mile of illuminations on offer, after opening its doors to visitors on Friday (November 24th).

Thousands of people stepped into Christmas over the course of the award-winning event’s opening weekend, immersing themselves in a never-before-seen experience which this year includes a magical Twilight Garden, a dazzling disco ball spectacular, a magical rainbow road, a giant sleeping dragon, and a whole lot more.

Tens of thousands more are set to follow suit over the next five weeks and experience a string of seasonally sensory delights – which this year also include an immersive light spectacular called ‘Light of the Night’ and live performances of festive tunes from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s brass quintet.

Students and young art trainees have also contributed to this year’s trail, developing set design skills in the creation of a flock of festive sheep and a mini village of illuminated Welsh cottages.

Roxy Robinson, Creative Director at the company behind the trail, From The Fields, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to once again be kicking off the festivities here in the heart of Wales with the launch of Christmas at Bute Park 2023. We’re excited to showcase our new, lengthened event with visitors, which has been completely revised this year to include an even greater range of special effects.”

Christmas at Bute Park takes visitors on a tour of illuminations around one of the capital city’s most beloved landmarks, the historic grounds of Bute Park. As one of the most popular Christmas lights trails on offer in Wales, the 2023 event now open to visitors following sell out events in 2021 and 2022. For its third annual outing, event organisers are also providing On and Off-Peak tickets for the first time and have also introduced a new Christmas Village, which can be now accessed from the very start of the trail.

It means ‘foodies’ visiting in 2023 also have access to a wider range of local street traders than before, with this year’s visitors already enjoying mouth-watering stone-baked pizza, gourmet hot dogs, sriracha-fried chicken, fresh Yorkshire pudding Christmas wraps, loaded halloumi fries and more since it opened too.

“We’re very passionate about high quality, locally produced street food, and we have worked hard with Cardiff Street Food Warehouse to curate an even stronger, wider selection of sweet and savoury options by the best artisan traders in the region. We can’t wait for our visitors to sample them ,” Roxy added.

“After a year in the making, we’re finally ready to share this all-new experience, showcasing the work of creatives across Wales and the UK, and can’t wait now to welcome the thousands of visitors set to step into Christmas at Bute Park over the coming weeks.”

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