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There’s magic around every corner on Westonbirt’s brand new illuminated trail!

Father Christmas’ elves have made their way to the arboretum to decorate the trees in twinkly lights for Christmas. But they’re running slightly behind schedule… Will the trail be ready on time to welcome the main man himself?

This year we invite you to witness the wonder, hilarity and general commotion that comes with playful elves creating Westonbirt’s spectacular illuminated trail. You may even find yourself joining in to help!

With new light displays to discover and mischievous elves to meet, this is Enchanted Christmas as you’ve never seen it before…


Friday 25 - Saturday 26 November

Friday 02 - Saturday 03 December

Friday 09 - Saturday 10 December

Friday 16 - Wednesday 21 December


4.00pm - 9.30pm.

Advanced booking essential

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 10 minutes from 4.30pm – 8.20pm. Please ensure you arrive at the trail entrance promptly for your allocated start time. Trail admittance timeslots will be shown on a screen by the entrance to the illuminated trail. 


  • Adults: £19*
  • Concessions (students & job seekers): £17*
  • Children (aged 3 - 16 years): £11*
  • Infant (aged 0 - 2 years): Free, but will require a ticket
  • Access: Personal assistant goes free

*All tickets include £1 non-refundable booking fee

Relaxed Sessions - Saturday 26 November & Saturday 03 December

Sat 26 Nov & Sat 03 Dec from 4pm - 5pm the trail 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.

Book relaxed session

Groups 10+

Book online or call our Customer Relations team on 0300 068 0400 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm) who will make the booking for you. 


Dogs are not permitted on the illuminated trail, except assistance dogs. 

Food and Drink

Local food carts will be selling seasonal food from 4pm - 9pm.


Trail fully accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, prams and push chairs.

If you would like to hire a free mobility scooter you can do so here. We would recommend checking availability of mobility scooters before you book your tickets.

Father Christmas 

Father Christmas will be located along the woodland trail – he will do a short appearance; however, he will not be wandering around the Christmas Village or in a grotto. His elves will be at key areas along the trail and will interact with visitors. 

Christmas Village

You can arrive anytime before your trail time slot to soak up some seasonal cheer in our pre-trail Christmas Village. Once complete you will exit via our post-trail Christmas Village. Both villages will have food and drink stalls and traditional fairground rides at each one. 

Visiting during the day

Unfortunately, we are not able to allow visitors with Enchanted Christmas tickets to visit the arboretum for free during the day. On an Enchanted Christmas day the Old Arboretum will close at 2pm to allow for set up.