|Where:||Countrywide including St Andrews Church at Corbridge, Northumberland|
|When:||Late November and December|
|Time:||Times vary - usually daylight hours|
Over the last few years, the occurrence of the Christmas Tree Festival has spread rapidly throughout the UK. Twenty years ago, they were barely heard of but now they are located all over the country from Aberdeen to Zennor (literally!), usually inside churches and happening during late November and December. All areas seem to have at least a few and the churches concerned can be any size; often the festivals have a competitive element, perhaps with trees sponsored by local businesses and organisations. Some will have a different theme each year, but this isn’t universal, and some will have a relatively small number of trees while others will have literally dozens; many will have musical and other entertainments in the building at intervals while the festival runs. However, while the way they are organised is diverse, they all have the basic element of a display of decorated trees arranged for visitors to enjoy, and usually have collections in aid of charity. Most are open to the public for set times over a period of a few days. These events are a popular way of bringing communities together in the period leading up to Christmas.
Our local church now has a festival each year – at Corbridge in 2016 it ran from December 2nd to 5th and there were over 80 trees in St Andrew’s Church making a very festive display. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Head to this website to find a display near you: http://www.christmastreefestivals.org