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.
**Click here to enter your tree or nativity scene.**
The application will remain open until Sunday 1st November at midnight, 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 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 email response you receive upon making your entry.
What will the online Christmas Tree Festival look like?
To give you an idea of what the St Thomas's Online Christmas Tree Festival will look like, we have created a sample of the festival website, with 10 fictitious entries, using photos from previous festivals. Click here to see the website. We hope to add a Music page with audio recordings made by some of the local musical groups and soloists who have performed at previous festivals.
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: