Join us in St.Mary’s for the wonderful Christmas Tree Festival on:
Friday 6th December 2019 3pm to 7pm
Saturday 7th December 2019 11am to 6 pm
Sunday 8th December 2019 12noon to 6pm
The 11th St.Mary’s Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival will take place in St.Mary’s Church starting at 6.15pm on Thursday 5th December and finishing at 6.00pm on Sunday 8th December.
The Festival opens on 5th December with carols led by the Lowry Girls’ Choir and the lighting of the trees by the Mayor of Gosport.
TREES CAN BE SPONSORED by anyone who would like to do so. Please apply to the Parish Office. All trees are supplied, secured to their stands with an adjacent 3 pin socket. All that the sponsors must do is to decorate their allocated tree.
After the festival between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Sunday 8th Dec and between 7.00am and 10.30am on Monday 9th Dec sponsors are free to take away their tree and decorations. The tree is theirs to keep if they so wish or to leave for resale.
This year we shall again be offering a limited number of private ‘invitation only’ viewings to local school children and wheelchair bound residents of local nursing homes ahead of the formal opening. It is for this reason that the trees are to be decorated on Wednesday 4th December between 7.00am and 4.00pm.
The growing popularity of the Schools’ Vocal Force performances and in the interests of health and safety we are obliged to limit numbers and make the early Friday hours to be ticketed only through the schools.
Last year a total of 782 performers provided a wide variety of Christmas music in support of the Festival. This year we are again looking forward to a diverse musical programme including some performances on Friday afternoon from 3.00pm. The Parish Centre will be open from 3.00pm on the Friday afternoon and over the weekend where you can enjoy tea and homemade cakes during your visit.
As last year the CTF admission price will be £3 for adults with accompanied children under 16 free.
The aim of the Festival is to bring our community together in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is organised and run by the community for the benefit and enjoyment of all. So please come along and bring your family, friends and visitors. Young children and old alike absolutely love it!
Rob Hamilton, Chairman.
All monies raised are in support of St.Mary’s funds.
Thank you for your generous 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 5th 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 Friday, 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 782 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!