A popular festive lights trail which had nearly 10,000 visitors last year will be returning to Bicester this Christmas.

Garth Park is set to be transformed into a sea of sparkling festive lights, complete with a Santa’s Grotto with free family printed pictures available, and refreshments from on-site cafe Savoir Fare.

Visitors can see Garth’s house lit with a festive light show and then continue to walk the trail and view the lights as Christmas music is played throughout.

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The event is fully accessible to buggies, wheelchairs and scooters.

The council has said the grotto tickets are to be purchased on the day of visiting. This is because although families are not timed in the grotto, there is a potential waiting time of one and a half hours, and the council wants to allow visitors to decide on the day if they are able to wait.

The council further stated that it does not give time slots as some families may be bigger than others.

Entry for children aged between six and 16 is £2.50, for infants it’s £1.50 and adults will not be charged to enter the grotto to accompany children.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://shorturl.at/blmJY.

Last year’s lights trail, which ran from December 3 to 18, was well-received by visitors and many took to social media to praise the event.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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