The 12th annual South Norfolk Christmas Tree extravaganza, 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, is set to take place at All Saints Dickleburgh from Sunday, November 29 to Sunday, December 6, open 10am to 7pm daily (closes 4pm on 6 December).
There is also an opening ceremony at 5pm on Saturday, November 28 and the prize-giving ceremony is at 5pm on Sunday, December 6 in the church.
The festival is in aid of EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Oncology Department and the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams. Entrance is free, but there is a £1 charge for a voting slip. Donations are most welcome.
This year’s theme is ‘Christmas Hope’; trees of all shapes and sizes, some handmade featuring special seasonal messages, will decorate the church, contributed to the event by local businesses, community organisations and children’s groups. The event has a competitive side, as each organisation that enters has the chance to be declared best adult or children’s tree as a result of the visitors’ vote. There is also a special award for the most innovative tree.
Event organiser Rev’d James Roskelly said: “We are really looking forward to seeing the church full of Christmas Trees again, celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Christmas Hope’. Our event is an excellent way to begin the Christmas season and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the festival to enjoy the glorious trees, but also to take time for peaceful reflection.”
Morning coffee, light lunches and teas are served every day until 5pm throughout the festival in Dickleburgh Church Rooms (next to the church).
Dickleburgh village is to the north of Diss, just off the A140. For more information t. 01379 676256, www.50christmastrees.com.