Stowmarket’s annual Christmas tree festival is open

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket ANL-161128-081057009

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket ANL-161128-081057009

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A wonderful spectacle of beautifully decorated Christmas trees opened at the weekend at Stowmarket’s parish church.

St Peter and St Mary’s Church in the centre of the town is lit up with 350 festive trees decorated by local people and organisations to amaze and delight.

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket

Pictured; Lily Cunningham visiting the displays ANL-161128-081158009

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket Pictured; Lily Cunningham visiting the displays ANL-161128-081158009

More trees were also on show at The Mix and at Abbots Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

This annual event attracts more than 20,000 visitors and has been running from Saturday until January 2.

As well as giving visitors a chance to think about the Christmas story the trees also showcase some amazing creativity including one creating an optical illusion, one made entirely from buttons, one from marshmallows and another from disposable rubber gloves while another was decorated with photos from a local village.

Schools, care homes and youth groups are visiting the church during the next few weeks to enjoy the display.

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket

Pictured: Maggie Moore and Dan Bloor providing some music ANL-161128-081240009

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket Pictured: Maggie Moore and Dan Bloor providing some music ANL-161128-081240009

Visitors were also able to enjoy seasonal refreshments, music and purchase Christmas presents.

Entry is free but donations are gratefully received for the upkeep of the 14th century parish church. with donations this year helping towards upgrading the church’s kitchen facilities.

Judy Eden, festival co-ordinator, said: “It is a really lovely community event for the community by the community and if the initial days are anything to go by we expect lots of visitors. It’s also a great way of finding out about all the different things that go on in Stowmnarket.”

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket

Pictured: Reverend Michael Eden ANL-161128-081354009

Christmas Tree festival at St Peter and St Marys Church Stowmarket Pictured: Reverend Michael Eden ANL-161128-081354009