St Thomas’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival held its 16th event from 1st to 15th December 2020. This Festival was different in that it was held online for the first time as it was not possible to hold the event in church due to Covid restrictions. It is a community event celebrating Christmas with a wonderful and varied display of photographs of decorated trees and nativity scenes. These photographic entries came from schools, local organisations and groups, individuals and charities.
Music Programme An audio soundtrack was provided with contributions from 17 groups of musicians as well as singing groups, local choirs, and school choirs from both Primary and Secondary schools. The music programme is as much a part of the Festival as the artistic exhibits and we are very grateful to everyone who took the trouble to send in their recordings.
Entry to visit the Festival is free but donations were welcomed from visitors to the website. As in previous years two local charities were selected to be beneficiaries. Thanks to the generosity of website visitors making donations the church has been able to donate £856 to each of two charities in 2020, The Jo Benson Day Centre for Disabled Adults and the Salisbury Child Contact Centre. The Church itself benefited from an equal sum towards its maintenance and development.
This Festival was able to proceed thanks to our amazing in-house technical team and the support of the Rector and Churchwardens.
Benefiting Charities for the 2021 Christmas Tree Festival
We welcome applications from charities to be considered as beneficiaries of the Festival 2021 provided they have entered a tree in a previous Festival. If you would like your organisation or charity to be considered in 2021 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 2021. The Committee meets in early June to consider applications and select the two beneficiaries.
Entering a Tree or Nativity Scene in 2021
Subject to government regulations, the Festival will run from the 30th November to 5th December 2021. The application form for entering a tree or nativity scene will go on line through the St Thomas’s Church website on Wednesday 1st September and will be available until Sunday 31st of October 2021 at midnight, when entries will close. If all the available places are taken before 31st October 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.
The Rector and congregation of St Thomas’s look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, musicians, singers and visitors to the 2021 Festival.
Here is a sample of some of the 52 entries from the 2020 festiva