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Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

The Square, Royal Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6HR
Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens


An after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens - with new installations for 2022.

Following a hugely successful first year, the magic is back at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens close to Belfast. Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds will fill the air with festive fun.

Look forward to some time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Our crew of talented independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tempting treats on offer. Complete your walk under the stars with a perfectly festive *spiced winter warmer, *hot chocolate or *toasted marshmallows shared with someone special.

Your very merriest Christmas starts here. Limited capacity with timed entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.

1st Dec 22 - 1st Jan 23  16:30 - 20:00  (Site closure at 22:00)
Closed 5th, 6th and 25th December
Entry times for 24th, 26th, 31st December 16:30 - 19:00 with site closure by 21:00

*Separate charges apply

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Season (1 Dec 2022 - 1 Jan 2023)

* 1st Dec 22 - 1st Jan* 23 16:30 - 20:00 * (Site closure at 22:00)
*Closed 5th, 6th and 25th December
*Entry times for 24th, 26th, 31st December 16:30 - 19:00 with site closure by 21:00

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