Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas

A towering forest ablaze with colour beams a stunning welcome to visitors of Westonbirt Arboretum’s Enchanted Christmas. Wrapped up warm in the dark, wintry night, twinkly fairy lights guide the way, past sparkling trees into a magical festive world, illuminated in kaleidoscopic colour and dotted with surprises. 

Arriving early with a little one, we grab a hog roast bap from one of the refreshment stalls for the one-mile illuminated trail through the trees and follow the crowd into the woodland. The trail, from start to finish is a sensory experience of epic proportions - psychedelic neon fairies blow bubbles, trees transform into gleaming rainbows, giant colour-changing baubles dangle from branches, disco balls glitter through the trees, spinning to distant music and giant smoke rings, emanate from what one can easily imagine is the unseen Caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

Westonbirt Arboretum Enchanted Christmas

Round every twist and turn in the path a new surprise awaits; Pool Avenue hides a drum kit, where we bash out a few beats and watch the trees light up.  Savill Glade encourages you to sing your carolling heart out - the louder your dulcet tones, the more lights will glow to life.

A strategically placed refreshment stop provides the perfect incentive to quaff some winter warmers - mulled cider, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, mulled wine and hot apple lure us in. 

Reaching the end, we pass a workshop of natural Christmas crafts abuzz with families, a towering Christmas fairy on stilts greets children and poses next to their astonished faces. A choir serenades passers by with the perfect festive soundtrack to the wafting smell of hot chestnuts and excited kids queue up for a chance to meet Santa Claus.

A total festive feast for the senses that is truly magical in every way, Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas is definitely becoming one of my Christmas traditions!

*The event takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the last weekend of November to the weekend before Christmas.

by Angharad Paull

Westonbirt Arboretum Enchanted Christmas