St Thomas’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival is a community event which is enjoyed not only by people local to Salisbury but also many who travel long distances specially to visit. In 2019 we welcomed over 16,000 visitors. Many local organisations, charities and businesses as well as individuals, schools and play groups have entries and participate musically.
We are continuing with arrangements for the 2020 Festival in the hope that our present lockdown situation will have long since passed and that life will have returned to some level of normality. However, it would be wise for everyone involved in any way to bear in mind that things could change.
Benefiting Charities for the 2020 Christmas Tree Festival
We are currently welcoming applications from charities to be considered as beneficiaries of the Festival 2020 provided they have entered a tree in a previous Festival. If you would like your organisation or charity to be considered in 2020 please apply in writing to The Organisers, Christmas Tree Festival Committee, at The Parish Office, St Thomas’s House, St Thomas’s Square, Salisbury, SP1 1BA before June 1st 2020. The Committee meets in early June to consider applications and select the two beneficiaries.
Entering a Tree or Nativity Scene in 2020
The Festival will run from the 1st to 6th December 2020. There is no charge for making an entry. The application form for entering a tree or nativity scene will go on line through the St Thomas’s Church website on Monday 2nd September and will be available until Sunday 1st of November 2020 at midnight when entries will close. If all the available places are taken before 2nd November the entry form will be taken off line sooner. A few hard copy entries will be made available in the Church if that is your preferred way to enter.
More about the Festival A full programme of music is performed throughout the week. Individuals and groups of musicians as well as singing groups, choirs, and school choirs from both Primary and Secondary schools entertain our visitors. The music programme is as much a part of the Festival as the artistic exhibits. We also run workshops in which participants make beautiful Christmas wreaths and table decorations using natural materials.
The Church Café provides delicious home cooked food throughout the week which is very popular. The time and talents of many members of the congregation and all the participating organisations make the whole event possible, overseen by a small organising committee.
Entry to visit the Festival is free but donations are welcome as visitors leave. Thanks to the generosity of visitors making donations and the profits from the Festival Café, the church is able to donate any profits to the two chosen charities for that year and the Church itself benefits from an equal sum towards its maintenance and upkeep.
The Rector and congregation of St Thomas’s look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, musicians, singers and visitors to the 2020 Festival.
Photos of the 2019 Festival
Here is a small selection of photos taken at the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival: