Do you get ridiculously excited about seeing houses adorned in twinkling Christmas lights and festive paraphernalia? There’s definitely something about them that gives me that warm fuzzy feeling! As a parent, it’s lovely seeing the reactions of my kids when they spot a really festive looking house when we are out and about too!
We have put together a list of some of best Christmas lights around Tunbridge Wells and a bit further afield too. Going along to see them can be a budget friendly thing to do with the kids during what is an expensive time of the year and hopefully you’ll find this post helpful. Plus during the current lockdown rules, this is something we can actually do! Thank you to everyone who recommended many of these places below over on the My Tunbridge Wells Facebook page!
Please note that although the majority of these places are in Tier 3, there are a few which are in Tier 2 (in particular in Crowborough). Please adhere to government guidelines. Also we have tried to update this blog post with the most relevant info for Christmas 2020. If you have any amendments or additions to suggest, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, congratulations to the legends who have gone to so much effort decorating their houses and gardens this festive season – you are all amazing!
Hawkenbury Christmas Lights
♥ Hawkenbury Road – opposite Hawkenbury Rec, this place has to win the prize for best Christmas lights display in Tunbridge Wells. They do it each year and have a donations box for Hospice in the Weald – so it’s for a great cause too! Here’s a video and it is even better in the flesh:
Sherwood Christmas Lights
♥ Liptraps Lane (Sherwood) – There are several places around Sherwood to go and have a look at. When you turn down left by the Robinhood Pub, there are some fantastic festively decorated houses on both sides of the road, with the most spectacular of them all on the far left, further down from the little row of shops. This is one that you’ll want to stop and have a proper look at too! It won’t disappoint…
♥ Sandhurst Road (Sherwood) – there is a lovely display at a house just about opposite the end of Ferndale. Definitely worth a look at as well.
♥ Other roads to have a look at in Sherwood include Greggs Wood Road, Oak Road and Brook Road. We didn’t get a chance to go down all of these yet but I will be going to have a look soon!
Rusthall Christmas Lights
♥ Rusthall village has held a “light up Rusthall event” this year which has been a roaring success . The whole village has got behind this with some roads being truly gorgeous. A must visit!
♥ Southwood Road in Rusthall (culdesac end) is apparently looking awesome!
Langton Green Christmas Lights
♥ Several of the roads around Langton Green have lovely light displays including
Little Great Foot Way
Central Tunbridge Wells Christmas Lights
♥ Royal Victoria Place and the Precinct is definitely worth a visit too. There’s a sleigh with twinkly lights in the usual place where Santa’s Grotto normally is (outside the M&S foodhall), the gorgeous big teddy on the upper level and a sparkly snowman outside on the precinct.
♥ Tunbridge Wells High Street looks nice a sparkly after dark – check out the festive display above G. Collins & Sons Jewellers and have your pic taken outside The Ivy with their festive lights and colourful bauble trees.
♥ The Pantiles is a must for getting that Christmassy feeling and looks very pretty this year.
Southorough Christmas Lights
♥ Vale Road in Southborough always puts on a lovely display. This year they also have a living advent calendar.
♥ Manor Road in Southborough has some lovely lights and one of the houses has Christmas music playing outside too.
♥ Edward Street (Southborough) – a lovely Victorian Christmas church scene on the Speldhurst Road end…
♥ Park House Gardens in Southborough have a lovely display of lights. Best to park up and then walks around to see them.
♥ Also in Southborough – check out Summerhill Avenue (several houses there) and Dorrick Avenue.
Tonbridge Christmas Lights
♥ Deakin Leas in Tonbridge – each home is decorated with gorgeous lights and some with projector displays. Note it is a very steep hill with limited parking.
♥ Slade (Tonbridge) – Three houses in a row opposite Castle Car Park.
♥ Also check out Framley Road, Barden Road and Norwood Road in Tonbridge too.
♥ There’s also a Facebook group with info about Christmas lights / decorations around Tonbridge and Malling!
Pembury Christmas Lights
♥ Pembury Green is apparently lovely and The Ridgeway too.
Groombridge Christmas Lights
♥ Withyham Road in Groombridge – not far the the mini roundabout as you come into Groombridge, on the way to Hartfield. I think technically this are is in Tier 2?? Please follow government guidelines…
Crowborough Christmas Lights
♥ Palesgate Lane (Crowborough) – apparently there is an amazing house there. However please note this is Tier 2.
♥ Also in Crowborough, there is an amazing looking house on the Eridge Road on the left (when coming from Tunbridge Wells), before you reach Goldsmiths Leisure Centre and Crowbrough Cross. However please note this is Tier 2.
♥ Southridge Rise in Crowborough is apparently awesome. And at the end of Green Lane (just off the Boarshead Roundabout by the rugby club) is the most beautiful light display and also on Green Lane, Green Lane, there are some lovely lights opposite Beacon!
Christmas lights on other streets around Tunbridge Wells
♥ Princes Street & Cambridge Street (Tunbridge Wells) – they do a window advent calendar where each family/house take turns putting up their window display every day
♥ Earl’s Road in Mount Ephraim apparently has some amazing lights to see
♥ Knight’s Wood – the relatively new housing development near Odeon Tunbridge Wells apparently has some superb Christmas lights!
St James Christmas Lights, Tunbridge Wells
♥ St James school PTA have organised an advent trail around the St James area where displays are being put in windows. The advent trail map costs £2.50 and the link for this is here. All funds go towards an all weather path for the children at school. Decorations will stay up until 31st December.
Wadhurst Christmas Lights
♥ A drive through Wadhurst high street and continuing on to Ticehurst High Street is well worth it. Please note both are in Tier 2.
East Grinstead Christmas Lights
♥ Farm Close in East Grinstead – apparently they do a fantastic display each year and have a ‘Just Giving’ page to raise money for charity. Check out their Facebook page HERE. (please note this is in Tier 2).
Marsh Green Christmas Lights
♥ Marsh Green Village (just outside Edenbridge) has a house which is really well decorated each year and looks amazing. The village itself is apparently always pretty at this time of year too.
♥ Visit a gorgeous garden centre to see their lovely lights? There are plenty of local garden centres with fantastic festive displays which you can read all about! Which one will you choose?
If you come across any more places which you think should be included, please do let me know and I can add them in to this post. You can comment below, message me on the Facebook page HERE or email me on email@example.com. Thank you and enjoy!
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