Staffordshire is set to light up this winter offering some much-needed sparkle with a host of after dark illuminated treats.

While many festive light switch-on events have, by necessity, been cancelled winter is still set to shine in Staffordshire, thanks to outdoor illuminations and winter light walking trails.

Among treats set to brighten up the dark nights are stunning illuminations at England’s only medieval three-spired cathedral; a kaleidoscope of colour at the UK’s year-round national site of remembrance, and a pop-up Enchanted Village in the Capability Brown landscaped parkland of a grand country estate home.

The Cathedral Illuminated 2020: The Manger at Lichfield CathedralThe Cathedral Illuminated

Over the last few years Lichfield Cathedral has become a must-visit destination in the run-up to Christmas thanks to award-winning spectacular winter light and sound shows.

For 2020, England’s only medieval cathedral with three spires will again be transformed using stunning sound and light projections, but for 2020 it will be outdoor only, with reduced capacity and a one-way system to ensure social distancing.

This year’s ticket-only ‘The Cathedral Illuminated, The Manger(16-22 December), is composed of imagery depicting everything ‘Christmassy’. And to mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol, a special piece has been created in collaboration with the Dickens Museum London to kick off the illuminations, created by the artistic collaboration Luxmuralis.

Illuminated Arboretum at National Memorial Arboretum, StaffordshireIlluminated Arboretum

Dazzling light displays will also create a very special atmosphere at the UK’s year-round national site of remembrance, set in 150 acres of gardens and woodland and home to 350 thought-provoking memorials.

Illuminated Arboretum at the National Memorial Arboretum (9-19 December 2020) gives visitors a chance to see the Arboretum and some of its memorials ‘in another light’. With a new route for 2020, and with social distancing measures in place, the illuminated trail will wind through the gardens and woodlands.

Enchanted Weston at Weston Park, Staffordshire

Enchanted Weston Park

Elsewhere, winter is set to cast a seasonal spell across Weston Park this December as Enchanted Weston weaves its festive magic. It combines a colourful illuminated winter walk under the stars through Temple Wood and a pop-up Enchanted Village featuring street food and a festive market (10-20 December)

Taking place in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland which affords plenty of space and fresh air, Enchanted Weston will have a set capacity in-line with Government guidance as well as social distancing measures in place.

Meanwhile, The Trentham Estate plans a new light trail offering an exclusive chance to explore one of the country’s top garden attractions after dark.

Fairy Lights Winter Illuminations event at Trentham Estate, Staffordshire.Fairy Lights at Trentham

Visitors will be able to experience the natural beauty of Trentham, as well as get a different perspective on its statues and architectural structures.

And for a sprinkling of festive fairy dust, eight of Trentham’s wire sculptures, making-up the ever-popular Fairy Trail, will be dressed for the season… in fairy lights, of course.

Aptly called Fairy Lights, the trail is scheduled to run 11 December 2020 - 3 January 2021, with a limited capacity each night.

Tickets must be booked in advance for all the experiences, which have limited capacity, to allow for social distancing and meet Government guidelines. Demand is expected to be high, so please check individual attraction websites / social media for the latest updates and any restrictions.

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The Cathedral Illuminated 2020: The Manger
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Cathedral Illuminated 2020:The Manger at Lichfield Cathedra, Staffordshire. created and produced by Luxmuralis artistic collaboration.

Lichfield Cathedral will be hosting the award-winning ‘The Cathedral Illuminated’, a spectacular light and sound show created by the artistic collaboration Luxmuralis. This year it will be in a different format to create an enjoyable and COVID-secure experience for everyone.

Illuminated Arboretum
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Illuminated Arboretum, an outdoor Christmas event at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

Join the National Memorial Arboretum for an evening to remember, as they begin the festive season with a kaleidoscope of colour.

**CANCELLED** Enchanted Weston at Weston Park
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Enchanted Weston winter illumination experience at Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Follow a magical, illuminated trail through Temple Wood and pick out some of the scenic landmarks, towering trees and other hidden delights of Weston Park.

**SOLD OUT** Fairy Lights - An Illuminated Garden Experience
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New for 2020 - Fairy Lights illuminated garden experience at Trentham Estate, Staffordshire

Join us as we #MakeChristmasMagical with an exclusive opportunity to experience Trentham Gardens in a new light with our first illuminated garden trail, Fairy Lights!