Nov 30

Christmas Tree Festival

St Thomas’s 2017 Christmas Tree Festival was its 13th successful annual event.   It is a community display enjoyed not only by people local to Salisbury but by many visitors who travel long distances.   There is no charge to enter a tree or nativity scene, and many local organisations and charities as well as individuals, schools and play groups submit entries that display the essence of their work and convey the message of Christmas in a huge variety of artistic and imaginative ways.

There is a full programme of music throughout the week comprising individuals and groups of musicians as well as singing groups, 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.
The delicious home cooked food sold in the church café throughout the week is also welcome and very popular. The time and talents of many members of the congregation and other participating organisations make the whole event possible, overseen by a small organising committee.

Admission is free but donations are welcome as visitors leave.  Each year two local charities are selected, and thanks to the generosity of visitors making donations and the profits from the festival café, the church has been able to donate £4,900 to each of two charities in 2017: Salisbury Trust for the Homeless and Wilton Riding for the Disabled Association. St Thomas's itself benefits by using the residue to maintain its building and facilities. In 2017 it received £4,800.

Benefiting Charities

We welcome applications from charities to be considered as beneficiaries of the festival, provided they have entered a tree in a previous festival. If you would like your organisation or charity to be considered in 2018, 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 1, 2018.  The committee meets in early June to consider applications and select the two beneficiaries.

Entering a tree or nativity scene

The application form for entering a tree or nativity scene goes live on the St Thomas’s Church website on 1st September and will be available until Friday 2nd November 2018 at midnight, when entries will close.   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 or visitors to the 2018 festival.

Souvenirs of the 2017 Christmas Tree Festival

Click or tap here to view a copy of the programme for the 2017 festival.

Here are some photos of the 2017 festival -



Upcoming Events

24th Apr 18: 8:00 am - 8:20 am

24th Apr 18: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

24th Apr 18: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

24th Apr 18: 10:00 am - 10:30 am

25th Apr 18: 8:00 am - 8:25 am

Sunday Services

8.00 am - Holy Communion

10.15 am - Parish Communion

6.00pm - Evensong


Services in the week


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

10.30 am - Holy Communion  


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

10.00 am - Prayer Group


8.00 am - Holy Communion


8.00 am - Morning Prayer


8.00 am - Morning Prayer

9.30 am - Holy Communion