Tree festival promises to be a yuletide treat

Rev Michael Eden and Judy Eden at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter and St Mary's Church in Stowmarket. ANL-151125-174208009
Rev Michael Eden and Judy Eden at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter and St Mary's Church in Stowmarket. ANL-151125-174208009
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Preparations are underway for this year’s Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival which organisers say will be bigger and better than ever.

Over 100 different organisations and groups across the town are helping put together the spectacular event which will see more than 400 Christmas trees on display at three diferent venues.

It’s the 12th year the festival has been held and organisers say there are still a few remaining spaces if people want to help decorate a tree.

“What started out as a modest 80 Chistmas trees scattered around St Peter and St Mary’s Church has grown year by year beyond all imagination with more trees being adorned with sparkle and festivity each time,” said event co-ordinator, Judy Eden.

“People travel from all over the country and abroad and though they may have seen photographs of the Christmas Tree Festival, nothing compares to the experience of visiting and seeing them in person.”

The Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival, which displays artifical trees, all designed and decorated by local people, is the biggest of its kind in the country.

Previously, visitors have seen everything from delicate edible angels made out of icing sugar to braille doves and specimen bottle lanterns.

The festival sees a wide range of organisations take part including Stowmarket Town Council, schools, charities, craft groups and local businesses.

The trees will be on display at Stowmarket Parish Church, The Mix and Abbotts Hall in the Museum of East Anglian Life.

Decorators are encouraged to be as creative as possible for the event which alast year attracted over 20,000 visitors.

The lights will be switched on by Radio Suffolk presenter Jon Wright on November 25 at 6pm with the trees on display on until January 2, 2017.

Anyone wishing to decorate a tree should call Stowmarket Parish Church office on 01449 774652