The Bay of Lights promises to ignite the night sky once again! It will transform The English Riviera into a dazzling celebration of Christmas.

It will be there to enjoy from Friday 1 December until Tuesday 2 January 2024.

The 1.5-mile trail will wind its way along Torquay's iconic waterfront. It will start from Abbey Park, through the Tunnel of lights. It will then go up over the curly bridge, across the seafront promenade and end at the harbourside. You can follow the route in whichever direction you prefer.

It is free and accessible. The Bay of Lights promises a sensory extravaganza that will delight everyone. The trail runs daily from 4:30pm, with sound elements until 9:30pm and lighting displays until 11pm.

We want The Bay of Lights to become a firm family festive favourite. We hope to encourage visitors to make a weekend of it here in the English Rivera this Christmas.

This year, The Bay of Lights will be reaching out further. It will include Paignton and Brixham. Both towns will be hosting 12-metre-high pixel mappable Christmas Trees. These will provide a spectacular digital sound and light show. These will also run daily from 4:30pm, with sound elements until 9:30pm and lighting displays until 11pm.

Come together with family and friends this Christmas. Enjoy some glittering Christmas magic!

The Bay of Lights Illumination trail is an intrinsic part of the Bay of Lights initiative. Funded by Torbay Council, SWISCo and the English Riviera BID Company, the 2023 trail is also supported by a range of generous organisations and businesses including Torbay Business Forum, Big Wave Marketing, Model Village, May House Dental Practice, Treat Marketing, EF Language School, Twenty 1 and Otto, Pier Point, Shoreline, Rock Fish, Torre Abbey, and Healthy Selfie.

The Bay of Lights incorporates everything from the Illumination Trail at Torquay, Brixham Lanterns, Lights & 'Luminations, to the Christmas Train of Lights in Paignton, and seasonal illuminated events at popular local destinations.

Look out for information on our social media pages.

We’d love to see your photos of you enjoying the trail. Tag us using #BayofLights #EnglishRiviera.

The Bay of Lights Illumination Trail is a visual attraction. When you walk and enjoy the trail, don't touch any of the installations. Please don't cause any damage to flower beds or trees along the route. Any damage may mean others can't fully enjoy the trail. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

  Download the Bay of lights trail map