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Top ten senses of Christmas in the forest

Tantalise your senses with one or all of the top ten things to experience in our woods and forests this Christmas!

1. Nothing beats the smell of a real tree!

Lady smelling a Christmas tree

Nothing reminds us of Christmas more than the wonderful scent of a Christmas tree. It brings back memories of festive family moments and conjures up images of brightly twinkling lights. Get your own bit of yuletide magic with one of our sustainably grown real Christmas trees.

2. Illuminated treats for your eyes

Illuminated winter trail at Westonbirt

Visit Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt, in Gloucestershire for a magical feast for the eyes. The spectacular one mile illuminated trail highlights the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees against the winter night’s sky.

3. Tasty chestnut delights


The delicious taste of roasting chestnuts is a true winter delight, and they smell wonderful too! Our forests are full of these traditional forager’s treats. Here are some fantastic chestnut recipes to get you inspired.

4. Knobbly, gnarled trees

Stick Man trails

The touch of sticks and trees can be bumpy, smooth or rough! This winter, children can have lots of fun one of our Stick Man activity trails, with activities from bark rubbing to making Stick Man.

5. Yuletide carolling

Christmas Carols at Haldon

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas carols being performed by local choirs and bands beneath the trees at Haldon Forest. There are plenty of Christmassy events to experience in our forest this winter, from festive fayres to arts and crafts. Find events near you.

6. Indulgent cocoa aromas


The aroma of chocolate is very enticing and it has also been said to improve your mood. If you are a fan of chocolate then book a place on the fun chocolate workshop at Moors Valley Country Park and make some chocolate treats for all to enjoy.

7. Snap the real winter wonderland

Christmas fun in the forest

Wrap up warm and head to the forest to take the perfect Christmas selfie with your family and friends. Enjoy the sight of frost glistening on the leaves, the rustle of wildlife in the undergrowth and maybe even feel the crunch of snow underfoot! Find a forest near you.

8. Festive treats for your taste buds

Enjoy a mince pie in one of our cafes

Take a break from your winter woodland adventure and enjoy a selection of festive treats at one of our fantastic forest cafes. Nestle up with a delicious hot chocolate and scrumptious homemade mince pie!

9. Hand crafted Christmas trinkets

Christmas crafts

If you’re a fan of arts and crafts then head along to one of our Christmassy craft workshops. Make your own festive souvenirs, from reindeer masks to beautifully decorated wreaths. Find crafts near you.

10. Wintry lantern lit story-walk

Lanter lit walk in the forest with story telling

Make a Willow frame lantern and enjoy a seasonal story before weaving your way through the forest for a magical lantern lit walk on the 12 and 13 December 2015.  Fill up your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest as it settles into the start of another winter.

Last updated: 22nd June 2017

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