Christmas Tree Festivals
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 lop-sided because the kids decorated it.
Well if you are ever in need of inspiration then head along to one of the many Christmas Tree Festivals held all over the country. It might just inspire you to enter one yourself next year. Here’s a quick round up of Christmas Tree events in Devon , Dorset and Somerset.
Christmas Trees Galore
We’ve joined in on a number of occasions – 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 as well, so why not try and visit one of these events.
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 2019 in Devon Dorset and Somerset
Exeter, Princesshay Roman Walk:
A little distraction from Christmas shopping in Princesshay. Displays from Thurs 21st Nov until 4th January – plenty of time to visit the 35 trees decorated by a 35 local Charities.
Ottery St Mary Parish Church:
Thurs 27th Nov – Sat 30th Dec 11am – 5pm. Light refreshments available
St Andrew’s Church, Harberton, Totnes:
Thurs 28th Nov – Sun 1st Dec. 11am – 6pm Thurs – Fri, Sat. 11am – 7pm Sunday 2pm -6pm. Informal Carol service at 6.30pm with mulled wine. Cafe open from 11.30am
St Eustachius’ Church Tavisitock;
Fri 29th 2.30pm. Sat 30th 9.30 – 4.30pm. Sun 1st Dec – 8th Dec 11.30am – 4.30pm Festival closes with a Christingle Service on 8th Dec 4pm – 5pm. Up to 60 trees – refreshments available.
Enjoy the town’s Dickesian evening on Friday 6th Dec.
Cheap Street Church, Sherborne:
Sat 30th Nov – Sun 8th Dec: 10am – 4.30pm daily plus a children’s quiz to take part in. Sun 8th Dec: 6.30pm Carol Service amongst the trees.
Raising money for Dorset Air Ambulance and The Red Bus
The Minster Church Ilminster:
TBC December times vary each day so please check in advance – enjoy Christmas trees and crib scenes decorated by local groups and charities
Axminster Minster Church
Sunday 1st Dec- Sunday 29th Dec. Wander through the forest of decorated trees, enjoy music and refreshments and soak up the festive atmosphere. On each Saturday afternoon, there will be a range of craft activities for families and children to enjoy. Times 10.am to 6pm
Bridport United Church East Street:
Weds 4th December – Sun 15th – over 60 trees decorated by local residents and businesses raising money for Julia’s Hospice. From 10am daily. Times vary so please check here
St Andrew’s Church Colyton:
Weds 4th Dec 4pm – 9pm until Sunday 2nd. It’s also Colyton Christmas Fair on Weds which is worth heading along to.
Thurs – Sat 10am – 4pm. Sunday 11am – 5pm followed by Messy Church and Christingle at 5pm.
You might see “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, 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.
Crediton Parish Chrurch:
Opening ceremony on Weds 4th December at 4pm. Thurs & Fri 11am – 6pm (10am – 4pm refreshments available), Saturday 10.30 – 7pm followed by a Choral Society concert at 7.30pm. Sunday 8th Dec 11am – 5pm followed by a concert Swing into Christmas at 7pm (details here). Also Governors’ Room and tours of the Bell Tower daily. Featuring 70 illuminated trees.
St Paul’s Church Honiton:
St Peters Church Dalwood:
Fri 6th Dec – Sun 8th Dec 10am – 5pm. This one’s a bit different and will be a display of Christmas around the word. Christingle Service at 5pm on Sunday 8th.
Tues 10th -22nd Dec – Open weekdays 11am – 5pm. Carol Service 3pm on Sunday 22rd.
Lyme Regis Baptist Church:
Fri 20th Dec – Sun 22nd Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday and Saturday, 12 noon to 8.30pm on Sunday. Times TBC
Lyme Regis Baptist Church comes to life with trees decorated by 27 local organisations.
St John the Baptist Church Hawkchurch:
Weds 18th Dec until Christmas Eve 12 noon – 6pm. Fantastic display with many inventive ideas, still time to enter. There is a wonderful child friendly Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve with the trees still in situ.,
St Thomas Church Salisbury
3rd – 8th December Weekdays and Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday: 12 noon – 6pm (times TBC) Refreshments available from the Church Cafe.
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)! Starts 29th Nov – 3rd Dec 2019.
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 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.
“The Christmas Trees make us smile – it’s fun to see what clever ideas other people have”