St Thomas’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival is a community event, enjoyed not only by people local to Salisbury but also many who travel long distances specially to visit. Many local organisations, charities and businesses as well as individuals, schools and play groups make entries and participate musically.
The continuing presence of COVID-19 and the unlikely ending of government restrictions affecting large gatherings, means that it will not be possible to hold the Festival in church this year. Instead we are offering an Online Christmas Tree Festival. We hope this will still provide creative opportunities for those who would like to exhibit, by means of photographs, a decorated Christmas tree or nativity scene, as well as giving pleasure to those who will be able to visit it electronically. The Festival will be available to view from the 1st to 15th December 2020.
Entering a Tree or Nativity Scene in 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 from Tuesday 2nd September, midnight a.m. and will be available until Sunday 1st of November 2020 at midnight p.m. when entries will close. There is no restriction on size or whether you wish to use lights but we will limit places to 100. If all the available places are taken before 1st November the entry form will be taken off line sooner. Instructions on how to photograph your entry and where to send the photographs (up to 3) will be attached to the auto response you receive upon making your entry.
We hope that many of the musicians who were scheduled to perform music live will be able to contribute by way of audio recordings.
The Charities for the 2020 Festival
As in previous years the Festival is pleased to be able to support two local charities. These are The Jo Benson Day Centre for Disabled Adults and The Salisbury Child Contact Centre.
The Jo Benson Day Centre this year is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. Its team of dedicated staff and volunteers provide respite and day care in a safe and stimulating environment.
The Salisbury Child Contact Centre was established in 2009 and provides a safe, warm and relaxed place for children to meet their non-resident parent when both parents are in dispute with each other about child contact arrangements as a result of divorce or separation.
More about the Festival
Photos of the 2019 Festival
Here is a small selection of photos taken at the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival: