St Thomas’s Christmas Tree Festival

St Thomas’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival. As a community event the festival is enjoyed by people local to Salisbury and others from further afield for whom the festival is the start of their Christmas celebrations. There is no charge to enter a tree or nativity scene and many local organisations, charities and businesses as well as individuals, schools and play groups have entries.

This year the festival will run from Tuesday 29th November to Sunday 4th December 2022.

Benefiting Charities for the 2022 Christmas Tree Festival

The organisations chosen as our beneficiaries this year are:

Friends of Shopmobility – a registered charity that helps fundraise for new equipment for Salisbury Shopmobility, adding new scooters, travel scooters, power chairs and wheelchairs to the fleet as inevitably these mobility aids need replacing with regular use. The ‘Friends’ are a team of volunteers who help to run Shopmobility on a daily basis by providing the volunteers to help our customers and by delivering the equipment to the local buses and the railway station as required. The mobility aids can be borrowed for daily hire or long term or even for travel. Salisbury Shopmobility provides a life line for some individuals to get out and about with the added benefit of improving their mental and physical health.

Alzheimer’s Support Group – a local registered charity who provide home support and community groups to people with dementia and their carers. We also run 40 community groups around the county of Wiltshire and 3 Day Clubs. Our Dementia Advisors provide home support and give advice to people with dementia and their carers.We are currently fundraising for a day centre in Salisbury as it has been a long-cherished dream of the charity to open a Centre in Salisbury. This Centre will serve the whole of South Wiltshire where there is currently no specialist Day Care for people living with Dementia.

Entering a Tree or Nativity Scene in 2022

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 on the 1st September and will be available until the 31st of October 2022 when entries will close. If all the available places are taken before the 31st October the entry form will be taken off line sooner. A few hard copy entry forms will be made available in the Church if that is your preferred way to enter.
More about the Festival

More about the Festival

Music – We will run a full programme of music again throughout the week. Individuals and groups of musicians as well as singing groups, choirs, and school choirs from both Primary and Secondary schools entertain our visitors. The music programme is as much a part of the Festival as the artistic exhibits.

The Festival Café – provides delicious home baked cakes and refreshments throughout the week which are very popular. The time and talents of many members of the congregation and all the participating organisations make the whole event possible, overseen by a small organising committee.

Visiting the Festival is free but donations are welcome as visitors leave. Thanks to the generosity of visitors making donations and the profits from the Festival Café, the church is able to donate equal sums to the two chosen charities and the Church itself benefits from an equal sum towards its community work, maintenance and upkeep.

The Rector and congregation of St Thomas’s look forward to welcoming all exhibitors, musicians, singers and visitors to the 2022 Festival.

Slide show of the 2021 Christmas Tree Festival