Nov 30

2018 Christmas Tree Festival

The Christmas Tree Festival will take place from 4th - 9th December. It is a community display enjoyed not only by people local to Salisbury but by many who travel long distances to visit. 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 wide variety of artistic and imaginative ways. Admission is free but donations are welcome as visitors leave. 

There is a full programme of music throughout the week performed by 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 an organising committee.

Benefiting Charities
Each year two local charities are selected, and thanks to the generosity of visitors making donations and the profits from the Festival café they receive donations which are presented at the Carols for Busy People service before Christmas. We welcome applications from charities to be considered as beneficiaries of the Festival, provided they have entered a tree in a previous Festival. The committee meets in June to consider applications and select the two charities. If you would like your charity to be considered in 2018, please apply in writing before 1st June to:

The Organisers, Christmas Tree Festival  
The Parish Office, St Thomas’s House
St Thomas’s Square
Salisbury, SP1 1BA

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. Some hard copy entry forms will be made available in the church for those who prefer to enter that way.

The Rector and congregation of St Thomas’s look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, musicians, singers and 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

18th Jun 18: 8:00 am - 8:20 am

18th Jun 18: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

19th Jun 18: 8:00 am - 8:20 am

19th Jun 18: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

19th Jun 18: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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