12th Dec, 2019

St Stephen's to inspire residents on how to decorate their Christmas trees

Ross Crawford 18th Nov, 2019

ANYONE needing inspiration for decorating their Christmas tree this year should head to St Stephen’s Church in Redditch town centre where there’s a festive treat in store as it prepares to host a Christmas Tree Festival.

With 27 beautiful trees for people to enjoy, all individually decorated by local businesses, charities, community groups and churches it’s a feast for the eyes. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite tree by donating money to the good cause of the tree that catches their eye.

As well as the dazzling display of trees there will also be an interactive Christmas experience to enjoy with nativity themed things to do and the chance to place a prayer on the prayer tree.

The festival opens next Saturday, November 23 to coincide with the switch on of the town centre Christmas lights and it will be open daily from 10am to 4pm until Christmas Eve. Entry is free.

It’s also a chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of St Stephen’s Church, listen to Christmas music and on Saturday, December 21 people are urged to take time out from their festive preparations to take part in a special Christmas Carol Workshop at 3pm and 4pm.

It’s being run by Maria Brannelly and Choirs Connected and will be followed by a pop-up Christmas Carol Concert at 5pm.

Elaine Whitfield, Church Warden, said: “We’re excited to be hosting the Christmas Tree Festival. It promises to be a pure visual, spiritual and sensory delight, a great way to support good causes and a fantastic start to the festive season. We look forward to giving you all a warm welcome.”

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