STORM Arwen may have kept anticipation going for a day, but the countdown to Christmas started in earnest as Delamere Forest launched its new glittering illuminated trail.

Inspired by the landscape itself, delighted visitors explored a festive adventure in a world of trees, dramatically drenched with stunning lights and set to the soundtrack of seasonal favourites.

The family-friendly festive trail features dragonflies, singing trees and shimmering reflections that cast light into hidden places.

Internationally acclaimed installation artworks Florison and the stunning Christmas Cathedral with more than a thousand pea lights were also to be found woven into the forest landscape and lighting hidden nooks of the deep forest.

Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer so you can complete your walk under the stars with *toasting marshmallows over a fire, a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special.

There are also traditional fairground rides to enjoy.

The trail is designed for visitors of all ages and is accessible to all to enjoy.

Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment

Christmas at Delamere Forest is brought to you by Sony Music in partnership with Forestry England. The trail is created by Culture Creative.