Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Thu 30th November 2023
A church in Alfreton is set to be amass with festive décor this Winter for its annual Christmas tree extravaganza.
The 15th Christmas Tree Festival at St Martin’s Church is set to take place over three days next month.
Festival Coordinator Claire Dyson said: “We at St Martin’s Church will be holding our Christmas tree Festival from Saturday, December 9, to Monday, December 11.
“We would love to see our local schools/ organisations individuals participate in this wonderful community event at a special time of year by displaying their work and demonstrating the inspiration of their students of all ages and abilities or to advertise their campaigns or products of the local charities or businesses.”
Claire continued: “We are planning for general viewing on Saturday, December 9 from 10am until 3pm; Sunday, December 10, from 11am until 2.30pm, and there will be a Songs of Praise service at 3pm, and Monday, December 11, from 10am until 3pm for schools.
“This year the admission is free. Refreshments will be available during the festival and light lunches will be available from midday until 2pm. There will also be a raffle.”
Claire further explained how organisations can get involved: “The format of the festival is that individuals, churches schools, families, local groups, community organisations, and businesses are invited to provide and decorate a Christmas tree to be on display in the church over the weekend and on the Monday when several schools bring their students to enjoy the decorated trees.
“You can decorate your tree to illustrate a theme of your choice. Every tree can carry lights although we only provide one socket per tree. Trees may be fresh or artificial.
“This year we are also inviting groups to make/decorate a nativity set/scene this can be made from anything e.g. knitting or cardboard or pottery and can be any size within reason.
“We hope that all who enjoyed our Flower Festivals and our previous Christmas Tree Festivals will want to participate this year and make it another special event for our community.”
For further information email Claire at email@example.com, or call her on 01773 441880.
Alternatively Alfreton Town Council has uploaded the festival application form to their website here
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