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NEWS RELEASE No: 1604430 AUGUST 2013

Take a magical stroll through the illuminated trees this Christmas

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Illuminated trees in Westonbirt Arboretum

Kick-start your Christmas cheer with an outing to one of the seven wonders of the Cotswolds this festive season for a magical evening amongst the trees.

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire will once again host its signature winter event, Enchanted Christmas, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from Friday 29 November to Sunday 22 December.

The centrepiece of the event is a spectacular, one-mile illuminated trail highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees lit up against the winter night sky. Each year a lighting design is created so visitors can experience different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection.

As well as enjoying the majestic beauty of the towering trees lit by thousands of festive lights, visitors can meet festive stilt-walkers, Jack Frost, the Christmas Fairy and a very tall reindeer, and join in with carol singing by local choirs.

Festive market stalls will offer a wide range of food and drink, including Moroccan street food by Exotic Tagine, hot chestnuts, hog roasts, toffee apples and a traditional sweet stall. There will also be the opportunity to get those creative juices flowing with a range of seasonal craft activities in the Learning Centre, and purchase Christmas gifts from the range of festive products on sale in Westonbirt Plant Centre and Shop.

Enchanted Christmas will start with a switch-on event at 5pm on Friday 29 November. Real reindeer accompanied by two elves and Father Christmas will have the honour of switching on the spectacular lighting design that will illuminate the magical, one-mile, tree-lined walk.

Advance tickets for the event will go on sale on Monday 7 October, and can be purchased from, or by calling 08000 680400. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for children. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum get half-price admissions on Fridays.

Enchanted Christmas will open at 17:00 to 20:30, with last entry at 19:15 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 29 to Sunday 22 December.

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