When I was little, the closest thing to a winter lights trail was going for a Christmas Eve walk to see the neighbours’ decorations.

But in recent years Christmas lights trails have become as much a part of the festive season as Santa’s grottos and pantomimes.

With so much choice now, the biggest dilemma is not whether to book one but which one to choose?

Magical Woodland at Blakemere Village in Northwich opened on Friday and if you’re looking for a trail that will make the kids giggle as well as gaze at the twinkling lights then it could be a great option for you.

As well as the usual selfies in the lights tunnel, this trail also has a number of marked photo spots in front of glowing steam trains, angel wings and beautifully decorated chairs to fit all the family.

But the best thing about this trail is the levels of interactivity and entertainment.
After the first few bends we arrived in Whoville and found a real-life Cindy Lou asking little ones what they would like for Christmas before we could hear laughter and yells as the Grinch had appeared from his cave.

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My three-year-old boy was a bit wary of the green meanie so we didn’t hover for long but later we heard plenty of older children saying the Grinch was their highlight.

Further around the trail we also spotted Tinkerbell waving to crowds from a lit-up pirate ship and visitors could also get up close to two barn owls and an Eagle owl.

Before you leave, Mrs Claus is also on hand to help youngsters post their letters to the big man in red.

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And of course you’ll also get to see the main man himself during a special show right at the end of the trail.

We finished off the evening enjoying a mulled wine and hot chocolate from the street food stalls at the end of the walk before toasting marshmallows over the campfires dotted around the food area.

There was a good choice of food options from a number of huts including wood fired pizza, loaded fries, burgers and nachos accompanied by a soundtrack of festive faves.

Northwich Guardian: Families can toast marshmallows at Blakemere VillageFamilies can toast marshmallows at Blakemere Village (Image: Blakemere Village)

Overall Magical Woodland is a brilliant experience for younger families looking for something a bit different.

As well as beautiful lights there were also projections showing dancing snowmen as well as animatronic talking owls and singing reindeers that all help to make it a memorable visit for youngsters.

Just watch out for that mean old Grinch!

Magical Woodland is open from now until December 24.

Tickets are £23.95 for adults, £16.50 for children and family tickets are £75.