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Take a magical stroll through the illuminated trees this Christmas

30 August 2013

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.

Christmas trail. Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt. 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 – Sunday 22 December.

The centre piece 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 the carol singing performed by local choirs.

Westonbirt Enchanted ChristmasFestive 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 reindeers accompanied by two elves and Father Christmas will do the honour of switching on the spectacular lighting design that will illuminatethe 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 03000 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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For more information please contact Dani Marlborough at Spirit Public Relations on 0117 944 1415 or e-mail

Last updated: 10th July 2017

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