Christmas Tree Festivals 2018

So who is in charge of the Christmas Tree in your house? Is it beautifully arranged with a coordinated colour scheme, a mass of sentimental home made decorations and knick knacks or maybe it’s a bit loop sided because the kids decorated it.  

Well if you are ever in need of inspiration then head along to one the many Christmas Tree Festivals held all over the country. It might just inspired you to enter one yourself next year.  Here’s a quick round up of events in Devon , Dorset and Somerset for 2018. 

Christmas Trees Galore

We’ve joined in on a number of occasions in our local village – origami stars,  biscuits with jewels in the middle and various  decorations made at school.  Each Church and their displays vary.  Some have no rules, some just have a theme. It’s quite common now to have Nativity scenes being presented.

Christmas Tree Festivals in Churches
Christmas-Tree-Festival in Churches display

We’ve seen  “trees”  made of drain pipes, horseshoes, electrical cable and wood.  Each year one of the most popular trees in Hawkchurch is one made of sweet wrappers (the visitors get to eat the Quality Street before sticking on the wrappers on the tree!). There is also a lovely memory tree where you can add your own personalised memory star.

Of course there are lots of traditional trees, but the variety of decorations seems to be endless – knitted ones, biscuits, photos, dinosaurs and Disney characters, origami and even brussel sprouts !

Why don’t you see what your local Church is doing and maybe enter. It’s great for all ages, businesses, toddler groups and schools to join is as well.

So even if you never think to visit a church at any other time of year and whatever your faith,  then make this the exception.  It will bring a smile to your face and will surely get you into the Christmas spirit.

Here are some I have found out about in Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Please double check if you can in case I have any dates or times wrong to avoid disappointment.


Christmas Tree Festivals – Events in Devon Dorset and Somerset


Exeter, Princesshay Roman Walk:

Thurs 22 Nov until 6th January – plenty of time to visit the 35 trees decorated by a 35 local Charities.

Ottery St Mary Parish Church:

Thurs 28th Nov – Sat 1st Dec 11am – 5pm. Light refreshments available

St Andrew’s Church, Harberton, Totnes:

Thurs 29th Nov  – Sun 2rd Dec.  11am – 6pm Thurs – Sat. 2pm – 6pm Sunday, carol service at 6.30
Cafe open from 11.30am

Tavisitock St Eustachius’ Church;

Fri 30th 2.30pm  – 6pm  1st Dec –  9th Dec 10am – 4.30pm  Christingle Service on 9th Dec 4pm – 5pm.
Up to 60 trees  – refreshments available.

Axminster Minster Church

Sat 1st Dec  – Mon 3rd
Wander through the forest of decorated trees, enjoy music and refreshments and soak up the festive atmosphere.  There will be tree themed activities for all the family. All trees will be supplied and decorated by local business in their own unique style.  Times: Sat 10.00am to 3.30pm, Sun 2.00pm to 4.30pm, Mon 2.00pm to 6.00pm

Sherborne Methodist Church:

Sat 1st  – Sun 9th Dec: 10am – 4.30pm daily
Sun 9th Dec:  6.30pm Carol Service amongst the trees. Raising money for School in a Bay and Dorset Blind Assoc

Ilminster Minster Church:

Mon 3rd to Sat 8th December times vary each day so please check in advance – enjoy Christmas trees and crib scenes decorated by local groups and charities

Bridport United Church East Street:

Weds 5th – Sun 16th Dec – over 60 trees decorated by local residents and businesses. Times vary so please check here

St Andrew’s Church Colyton:

Weds 5th Dec 4pm – 9pm (also Colyton Christmas Fair worth heading along to) until Sunday 2nd.
Thurs – Sat 10am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm followed by Messy Church and Christingle at 5pm.

Crediton Parish Chrurch:

Thurs 6th – Sun 9th Dec.  Opens Thurs & Fri  11am – 6pm (10am – 4pm refreshments available) ,   Saturday 10.30 – 7pm followed by a Choral Society concert at 7.30pm.   Sunday 11am – 5pm followed by a concert (details here).  Also Governors’ Room tours at 12 noon daily and tours of the Bell Tower at 2pm daily.  Featuring 70 illuminated trees

Honiton St Paul’s Church:

Thurs 6th – Sun 9th Dec – also light refreshments and activities for children

Dalwood Church:

Fri 7th  – Sun 9th Dec 10am – 5pm. Christingle Service at 5pm on Sunday 9th
This one’s a bit different – do go along to check out the Christmas carol displays (ours included!)

Axmouth Church:

Tues 11th -23nd  Dec – Open weekdays 11am – 5pm.  Carol Service 3pm on Sunday 23rd.

Lyme Regis Baptist Church:

Fri 21st Dec  – Sun 22nd Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday and Saturday, 12 noon to 8.30pm on Sunday.

Lyme Regis Baptist Church comes to life with trees decorated by 27 local organisations.


Tuesday 18th Dec until Christmas Eve 12 noon – 6pm.  Fantastic display with many inventive ideas.
There is a wonderful child friendly Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve with the trees still in situ.


Further Afield

Salisbury – St Thomas Church

4th – 9th December   Weekdays and Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday: 12 noon – 6pm

If by any chance you are heading near Melton Molbray it apparently has one of the largest festivals in the country with over 1000 entries (that would take a whole day to look around)!

For more nationwide events some are listed on

Please note that most Festivals ask for a small contribution or donation of some sort to look at the trees as the Churches are always raising money for repairs or local charities.

Thank you for reading  – Clare

Christmas-Tree-Festivals Churches
Christmas-Tree-Festivals Churches

Christmas Tree Festivals Light Up Our Local Churches

I lived in the lovely village of Hawkchurch for 10 years. The festival there has become very popular both in the number of entries and visitors. So popular in fact that BBC Spotlight came to film it!  It might not be the largest festival locally,  but for a small village it’s a great effort.

Click here for a link to the BBC Spotlight video filmed last year in Hawkchurch

Christmas Trees

Thank you for sending us your pictures of your Christmas trees. Here are some rather special trees at the Hawkchurch Christmas Tree Festival

Posted by BBC Spotlight on Sunday, 20 December 2015

Christmas Tree Festivals in Churches 2016
Christmas-Tree-Festival Church

“The Christmas Trees make us smile – it’s fun to see what clever ideas other people have”