Christmas Tree Festival
Tuesday 4th December
- Sunday 9th December 2018
St Thomas's Church
Salisbury Christmas Tree Festival opening times
Tuesday 4th December - Sunday 9th December:
Weekdays and Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 6pm
Admission free but donations for charity welcomed
Facilities & Amenities
Parking 5 minutes walk / Public transport / Coaches welcome by prior arrangement / Disabled Access and Toilet / Refreshments / Entertainment
The St Thomas’s Christmas Tree Festival - A wonderful way to celebrate Christmas
Christmas is a special time and St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury is once again holding its Decorated Tree Festival in early December. One of the biggest and best attended events of its type in the UK, the Festival opens on Tuesday 4th December and runs through to Sunday 9th. Entry is free.
Over 100 decorated trees and nativity scenes will be on display, all submitted from local organisations in South Wiltshire, and all created with loving care to raise money for nominated charities. This year Wessex Cancer Trust (Salisbury Cancer Support Centre) and Safe Haven are the featured local causes. Last year over 15,000 visitors to the Festival contributed over £15,000 to charity!
Every year visitors are amazed and inspired by the wonderful creativity and ingenuity on view and how this evokes a true reflection on the real meaning of Christmas. To complement this inspiring sight a continuous programme of Christmas music is provided by leading local groups, choirs, soloists and bands helping to make the whole event a truly joyous occasion. To add to the festive fun, and for the first time this year, the organisers have arranged special Christmas workshops on seasonal themes including ‘Ikebana for Christmas’, ‘Accessories for Table Decorations’ and ‘Christmas Door Wreath making’.
Anyone needing sustenance can enjoy seasonal treats and light lunches courtesy of the St Thomas’s Festive eatery!
The Festival is a notable start to a wonderful season of Christmas celebrations at St Thomas’s. On the 15th December there is the Children’s Christingle Service followed on the 23rd by the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols’ early evening service.
The extremely popular, “Carols for busy people”, with mulled wine and mince pies, is held on 18th December from 1.10 pm.
This Festive period culminates with Midnight Mass on 24th December and the family service on Christmas Day.