Forest of Light at Sandy Balls

Step into a mesmerizing wonderland at Sandy Balls for the Forest of Light! Prepare to be enchanted as you venture into a world of magical illumination. The forest comes alive with a breathtaking display of twinkly lights, captivating your senses and igniting your imagination.


Forest of Light at Sandy Balls

3rd November – 31st December 2023

All the festive feels are coming to the New Forest with magical illuminations and decorations set within our ancient woodland. Wander through thousands of twinkling lights in the heart of Sandy Balls accompanied by an enchanting musical soundscape. Gaze up at towering oak trees wrapped in sparkling colour, encounter charming statues and watch animations dance around our Forest of Light Christmas tree, look out also for flurries of snowfall. Feel the magic in the forest together this winter.

What exciting things to expect...

Twinkling lights every night

Watch the centre of Sandy Balls come to life every night with magical illuminations and decorations set within ancient woodland. Wander through thousands of twinkling lights accompanied by an enchanting musical landscape.

Forest of Light is on every day between 4pm to 9pm and can be enjoyed as often as you like.

A Magical Meeting

Your little ones are invited to become an Honorary Elf! Build a toy with Santa’s chief toymaker, bake and decorate your own gingerbread man and meet the big man himself, with each child receiving a magical gift!

Available to book on selected dates between 18th November – 31st December.

Entertainment & Activities

Get stuck into themed activities and experiences, including meeting Santa himself! Create trinkets to take home with you, we’ve even magical activities for the little ones such as Nutcracker Ballet and Toddlerpop Painters.


Gather the family and join us for festive sing-along favourites around our Forest of Light Christmas tree. We count down to the illuminations switch-on for that night, lighting the way for Father Christmas to arrive and sing with us.

A heartwarming Christmas tradition for all ages.

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm. Wrap up nice and cosy, event time approx. 15mins.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa and his chief toymaker take a morning off from their Christmas preparations with a stop at Aubrey's Forest Kitchen for a delicious breakfast - and you're invited to join them!

You'll get a visit from Santa and his Elf at your table and plenty of photo opportunities.

Every Sunday between 10am-11am. Booking a table is essential.

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Christmas breaks

If you’re thinking of heading to our festive forest between 22nd December – 1st January, you won’t be short of things to get stuck into! Forest of Light continues, with added Christmas dinners and New Year’s parties, to create a truly magical experience that gets into the heart of the holiday season.

Book your festive break

Beautiful decorations

Beautiful decorations

Stunning illuminations

Stunning illuminations
Festive atmosphere

Festive atmosphere

*Selected dates in December. Activities and Entertainment offering to vary by day. 

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