Westonbirt’s New Enchanted Christmas 2019 – The National Arboretum

Westonbirt’s New Enchanted Christmas at The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire.  The Christmas fairies have been up to mischief in the Arboretum this year, casting spells and transforming Westonbirt into an Enchanted Forest.

Every weekend in the run up to Christmas* The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, which is in Gloucestershire, will offer a night-time trail of twinkling lights and sparkling illuminations. An all-new trail to mark its 21st year of hosting a lights event, there will be magical characters to find on the trail, talking trees and – if you are lucky – you might see Father Christmas dressed in his traditional green outfit.

At the entrance to the trail will be the Christmas Village, where visitors can enjoy a packed programme of activities for the whole family, such as having a go at family arts and crafts, listening to Christmas choirs and bands perform seasonal favourites, or warming up with a mug of mulled wine and festive food.

Voted the number one Christmas light display in the country in 2018, in a survey carried out by McCarthy and Stone, this new trail will showcase some new features and state of the art lighting technologies, whilst keeping the unique woodland and family feel of the event.

Due to popular demand tickets are available through advance booking only, and can be booked by visiting www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/enchanted-christmas or calling the box office on 03000 680 400


Friday 29, Saturday 30 November, Sunday 1 December 2019

Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 December 2019

Friday 13, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 December 2019

Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December 2019


4.00pm – 9.00pm.

Advanced booking essential


  • Adults: £15.
  • Concessions (students & job seekers): £13.
  • Children (aged 5 – 18): £7.50 (under 5s go free).
  • Friends: half price tickets and £2 for children on Friday evenings.
  • Groups 10+: save £2 on adult and £1 on children tickets.
  • Access: Carer goes free.

Trail entry time slots

To avoid overcrowding and ensure the enjoyment of all visitors on the illuminated trail you will be prompted at time of booking to select a time slot to begin exploring the trail. Time slots are every 20 minutes from 5pm – 7.40pm. Please ensure you arrive at the trail entrance promptly for your allocated start time.

Relaxed Sessions – Sat 7 & Sat 14 Dec, 4pm

The trail will open 1 hour early at 4pm and will be adapted to suit those with additional needs such as autism. For example, strong flashing lights, loud sound effects and smoke effects will be temporarily deactivated. All usual functions will resume ready for the general public to enter the trail at 5pm.


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