Magical stories told in lights are sure to get the festive season off to a breath taking start as the Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens light art trail prepares to open next week. 

But for a group of Hampshire school pupils it will be especially magical.

Ten local students have been selected from hundreds of entries to have their designs made into an artwork to be projected onto Jermyn's House.

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And the winning entry, by 11-year-old Charlie Hudson, has seen his school - Noadswood in Dibden Purlieu - scoop a £1,000 prize for its art department.

"It's amazing, Charlie is absolutely buzzing about this, really excited," says mum Sam.

"Charlie only started at Noadswood in September and the funny thing is when he left his old school his favourite teacher wrote in his book that one day he'd be a famous artist - we never thought it would be this quick!"

Daily Echo: Noadswood artists: Mrs Brown, Kaitlyn Waller, Mrs Mansbridge, Ethan Whitaker and Charlie Hudson

Charlie, whose design Enchanted Forest features lots of trees, snow and fireflies, adds: "I'm really happy to win first prize and get some money for the school. I really like art, it's my favourite subject."

World famous sound and light artists The Projection Studio have used the artworks to create an intermission piece for their new work House of Dreams that draws on favourite fairy tales in a sound and light animation on Jermyn's House.

Tapping into sight, sound, smell and feelings, Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens At Christmas is a full sensory experience laden with stories that enable visitors to have fun discovering the history and mythology of the pine Christmas tree, sharing their thoughts in lights, exploring notions of infinity, and thinking about the part we can all play in creating a more sustainable world.

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After the success of last year's inaugural light trail, Sir Harold Hiller Gardens is again opening its gates after dark to share the stunning transformation of its 180-acre arboretum site near Romsey by the award winning, Hampshire-based Light Up Trails.

It runs from Thursday November 30 to Sunday December 31. 

Tickets are on sale now from