Dunham Massey has once again been transformed into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas.

It's the third year the illuminated experience has come to the park and it's fast become somewhat of a festive tradition among families and visitors of all ages.

Tickets have been selling fast for the after-dark trail but you might just find the odd slot available before it ends on December 30.

From session times and prices, to the food and fairground, we've put together a guide on what you need to know if you're taking a trip there this year.

What's on the trail?

If you've been before then you'll know just how sparkly this trail is.

From twinkling tunnels to giant sparkling reindeer, there's colour wherever you turn and you can't fail to be impressed by the time and effort that's gone into this festive experience.

Some of the favourites from previous years have made an appearance, including the towering Tunnel of Light twinkling with thousands of pea-lights and the magical Field of Light.

 

You might even catch a glimpse of the real deer grazing opposite the illuminated ones.

But there are some new additions too, including the enchanting Vortex Tunnels and Fire on Water, with fiery hoops blazing above the lake with a festive display projected onto the rear of the hall.

Is there anything else to do?

Obviously you'll have plenty of time to stop and take those all important festive snaps. There's nobody rushing you along - and there are some frames along the way to help you capture that perfect picture.

You can stop off at one of the huts along the way to get yourself a drink and about halfway round there's The Marshmallowist - where, for £1.50, you can choose from a wide range of flavoured 'gourmet marshmallows' to toast on the firepit.

Flavours include popcorn and cranberry, Christmas pudding, hot chocolate, raspberry and champagne, gingerbread, vanilla, toasted coconut, blueberry and Sipsmith gin, passionfruit and ginger.

Brothers James and Theo Osuh inside one of the giant picture frames at Dunham Massey

Can the kids meet Santa?

Santa's obviously very busy at this time of year, so can't meet children individually.

He does however make an appearance with a bunny friend towards the end of the trail, close to the Cathedral of Light and Fire on Water.

What time are the trails?

The first ones start at 4.20pm, with new people joining every 20 to 30 minutes until the final 8pm session.

   

How much are tickets and parking?

Tickets cost £17.50 for adults, £11 for children, or £54 for a family ticket. Under threes go free.

Transaction fee is £2 for e-tickets, or £2.50 for standard delivery. Book online .

National Trust members get free car parking which must be booked in advance. For anyone else it's £7 per car and can also be paid for online when you get your tickets.

How long does it last?

The route follows a one-mile loop. It starts at the south end of the Stables, from where you will follow the route through to the Gardens, and loop around the site ending back at the Stables Courtyard.

It obviously depends how slow you walk - and if you've got little ones in tow - but it takes around an hour-and-a-half to get around the trail, with a short stop to toast some marshmallows.

You can enjoy the fairground and food in the Stables Courtyard for as long as you like before and after your trail.

The route is wheelchair and buggy-friendly but wellies and waterproofs are advised if the weather is wet as the trail is out in the open - and interactive elements mean you can go on the grass in certain places.

What rides are there and how much do they cost?

The courtyard is playing host to a fairground featuring the likes of a helter skelter and a traditional carousel.

You can buy tokens for the rides - either £2.50 per ride on the night - or five rides for £10 if you book in advance with your tickets.

Vouchers are exchanged for ride tokens at the Ride Token Kiosk in the Stables Courtyard.

Food and drink stalls and prices

As well as the Visitor Centre Café, which is open for the event, there are a number of food and drink chalets serving seasonal food.

There are also drinks stalls, including the Winter Wunderbar, selling everything from mulled wine and beer to soft drinks and hot chocolate.

Hot drinks cost around £2.50, while mulled wine is £5.50 and hot spiced cider a fiver.

Food on offer includes children's hot dogs for £3, pizzas £8 and soup and a scone for £6.50.

There's plenty for the sweet-toothed among you too, including waffles and churros.

Swipe right through the gallery below to see more pictures from Christmas at Dunham Massey

   

Are there toilets on the trail?

You’ll find toilets at the Visitor Centre and also at the Stables Courtyard. There are accessible toilets at all of these locations. There are no additional toilet facilities on the garden section of the trail itself.

For more details and to book visit the website .