In 2016 we enjoyed a phenomenal celebration of community with 20% more guests – just short of 5000 visitors! The extra day, extra space and extra monitors all added to enable the church to host so many folks appreciating the 80 trees, and enjoying the music. Thank you to all the 2016 team for making this possible.
In 2017 the amazing Christmas Tree Festival will once again bring the wider community together in a shared enterprise which welcomes thousands of visitors into our beautiful church in celebration at such an important time of the Christian year. It is a celebration of Christmas by the community for the community. Please come along to get your Christmas off to a flying start; for you and your children.
Starting with carols in St. Mary’s on Thursday 7th December 2016 at 6:15pm followed by:
- Friday 10th December 2016 3pm to 6pm
- Saturday 10th December 2016 11am to 6 pm
- Sunday 11th December 2016 12noon to 6pm
Following the extremely successful and popular Christmas Tree Festivals of the last eight years, this years Christmas Tree Festival will take place in St Mary’s, Alverstoke over 3 days plus a fourth invitational day exclusively for local schools and care homes.
Please note that the following admission fee applies for the festival general opening hours in favour of supporting the work of the parish –
Admission £3 / Concessions £2 / Under 16 Free Thank you for your support.
Browse this gallery for a flavour of the festival…
The Festival will open with carols in St Mary’s at 6:15pm on Thursday 7th December led by the Lowry Girls Choir. On completion some 80 Christmas trees will be illuminated at the press of the giant button by The Mayor of Gosport. The congregation are then free to view the trees whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies. As ever – all are most welcome.
Coffees, Cakes, Light Lunches and Teas will be served on Saturday and Sunday in the Parish Centre to add to your enjoyment of the Christmas Tree Festival.
A festival music programme may appear here!
The tradition is now well established whereby musical entertainment is provided for the duration of the Festival. Not only does it enhance the atmosphere within the Church it provides a wonderful opportunity for many groups and individuals to perform publicly. Last year there were 700 performers, many of them children performing in public for the first time. As in previous years this will be provided by a mixture of locally based individuals and groups, performing for about half hour periods. Please feel free to take a break from viewing the trees and sit down and enjoy the music.
If you would like to help with the million things to be done for the Festival please contact the Parish Centre – we need all the help we can get! Last year there were 50 Festival Makers and 150 tree decorators!