Although Christmas was very different this year, we still managed to squeeze in a few events to try and make things seem a little normal. I’m going to share them here over the next few days, so that when I look back on this year in the future, I can remember that there were still some good points amid all the drama.
As we were unable to partake in the majority of our usual festive treats this year, due to that which will not be named, I can hardly begin to explain how happy I was to be able to go as a family for a walk around the Christmas light display at Wollaton Hall, in Nottinghamshire.
At the time of our visit, Nottinghamshire was in Tier 3 (and had been for what felt like forever), so we still had to ensure we were following all Covid restrictions. Luckily, this was an outdoor event, so it was able to go ahead, however we still had to stick with our own household bubble, maintain social distance from other groups and wear a mask the whole way around.
The event was very popular, which I probably should have guessed from the reduced availability when we booked our tickets. There was quite a long queue outside when we arrived, but once past the checkpoint it did disperse and the trail didn’t feel at all crowded.
As soon as you entered the trail, the light displays were magnificent. The first display showered the trees and the surrounding area with glittering white lights.
Every turn around the corner offered a new sight. Other displays of note included a spectacular fire garden, a tunnel of light and an incredible laser show.
The grand finale of the trail was a magical light show projected directly onto Wollaton Hall itself. Set to a stunning score of music, this was a spectacular moment in the trail and we hung around to watch it a number of times.
At the end of the trail, a Christmas market served hot food such as bratwurst and yorkshire wraps, as well as festive treats such as mulled wine, hot chocolate and churros! We found a empty table, distanced from other groups and sat to ensure our winter feast. For a moment, wrapped up warm and sipping hot chocolate, I could forget how strange the world was for a moment.
Unfortunately, due to rising infection numbers and the new National Lockdown, Wollaton Hall had to close their winter trail earlier than planned. I’m so thankful we got to see it before it closed, but if you did miss out I would highly recommend you book for next year. I’m sure we will be.