The Twinkle of Christmas 2016 - Behind the Scenes

Months in the planning and hours in the making, it was a collaborative process with the marketing team working closely with stylist Arabella McNie and a brigade of skilled electricians and artisans to create an Enchanted Forest of unforgettable beauty.

The centrepiece is a canopy of twinkling branches, white with snow, cascading through the centre dome and illuminated by thousands of lights. Enchanting woodland creatures, hard-carved and larger-than-life, can be found throughout making their home in design’s natural habitat. They include Hugo the Hedgehog, Felix the Fox, Stamford the Squirrel, Hermione the Hare and Bernard the Bear, which at over 6.5ft, is the largest of the group. Wallpaper has been meticulously used to create their textured fur, and they are clothed in the season’s most desirable fabrics. Growing from the forest floor, silver birch, Scots Pine and Rowan set the scene creating the entrance to the winter wonderland beyond, while a giant two-metre story book introduces the beguiling theme. ‘Christmas is magical - what we’ve achieved here is beyond my wildest imagination’ says Arabella about the project.

Visitors are welcome to see the installations until 23 December 2016.