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Westonbirt Arboretum is transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland

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Image caption Suspend your disbe-leaf: The light displays at Westonbirt transform the arboretum into a Christmas wonderland

Thousands of towering trees are being lit up in magical colours in the run-up to Christmas.

Now in its 22nd year, the Enchanted Christmas light festival at Gloucestershire's Westonbirt Arboretum sees an illuminated trail with light displays hidden among the branches.

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Image caption Tree-ping the light fantastic: Paul Cody, head of the Forestry Commission-run attraction, said the spectacle had "to be seen to be believed"
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Image caption A tree-mendous route of illuminations, twinkling lights and colour has been created through the woodland

Hannah Ward, from the arboretum, said a "colossal" amount of lighting had been used to transform some of the 15,000 tree specimens into a "Christmas wonderland".

She said: "The team have been busy setting up lighting since the end of October so it's been a long job but it's looking really incredible."

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Image caption Wood you believe it? The festival attracts visitors from all over the Cotswolds, South Wales, Somerset and London
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Image caption Enchanted Christmas takes place on weekends until 23 December
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Image caption All the fun of the fir: Many different varieties of trees are lit up on the trail

The festival takes place on weekends until 23 December.

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