IT'S the most wonderful time of the year...but we don't normally have to start thinking about it in June.

That's the situation facing many families this year as tickets for popular festive events at Dunham Massey and Chester Zoo have already gone on sale.

And it seems demand is already there as some of the times for Christmas at Dunham Massey have already sold out.

Tickets for the after-dark, illuminated trail went on sale last week while The Lanterns at Chester Zoo event tickets are also already on sale.

A Dunham Massey spokesman added: "Now in its third year, the winter trail is established as a much-anticipated family tradition.

"Along our 2019 route you’ll notice all-new installations.

"Enter a grand avenue replanted with gigantic flowers with the house brought to life by festive projections.

"Walk through the dynamic, glowing Vortex Tunnels and stroll towards the mesmerising reflections made by Fire on Water.

"Watch out as lights seem to tumble from the undergrowth and light up trees like fizzing fireworks and take time to pause at the delicate carpet of colour-changing blooms.

"If you’ve been before, you’ll be pleased to see some of your favourites return this year. Spot the larger-than-life glittering deer and walk through the towering Tunnel of Light twinkling with thousands of pea-lights."

The event runs from November 22 to December 30 with time slots on December 21 and 22 already sold out while a number of other prime slots already have limited availability.

For more information or tickets click here.

Chester Zoo's Lantern event takes visitors on a 'Great Christmas Expedition' through the zoo after dark to discover exotic illuminated wildlife and animal characters from nine different worlds.

A spokesman added: "Kick-start your Christmas countdown at Chester Zoo and give your family precious memories they’ll never forget.

"Explore spectacular scenes and experience the zoo in a different (and much more twinkly) light."

The Chester Zoo event runs from November 22 to December 23.

For more information or tickets click here.