Get ready to create a dazzling Christmas tree for annual church display

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It’s that time of year when businesses, schools, local groups and individuals are again being asked to take part in an annual Tamworth tradition by decorating a Christmas tree for St Editha’s Church.

This year’s Christmas Tree Festival takes place between Friday November 18 and Friday November 25 and will hopefully have dozens of dazzlingly decorated trees put on display throughout the church for all to see.

The popular tradition coincides with the switching on of the Christmas lights in St Editha’s Square on Sunday November 20 and raises valuable funds for the church.

Anyone can take part in the event, whether it’s a local business, a school or community group looking to promote their work, or an individual who just loves Christmas. A space in the church costs £10 and people bring their own trees; real, artificial or other.

Trees can be decorated in any way, including traditional, themed or reflective of the business or group. Please note the church cannot supply mains power so any lights must be battery operated.

St Editha’s Church Parish Office administrator, Gwen Wilkinson, said: “Since the festival began over 10 years ago we have displayed hundreds of Christmas trees in St Editha’s Church and members of the public have come in and voted for their favourite. Please help to make this year’s festival the best ever.”

Decorating will take place on Thursday November 17 and Friday November 18, between 9.30am and 5pm, with an opening ceremony on the Friday evening at 6pm.
The Christmas Tree Festival will then be open to the public until Friday November 25, including throughout the Christmas lights switch on event on Sunday, November 20.

Application forms to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival are available from the Parish Office at 29 Church Street, Tamworth, St Editha’s Church book shop or via email at stedithas@btconnect.com.

This year’s Christmas lights switch on event will see the town centre transformed into a winter wonderland in an afternoon of fun for the whole family, designed to launch the town’s festive season in style.
 
Festivities take place throughout the day from 1pm including live music, fairground rides, a festive market, treasure hunt, a nativity at the top of George Street, walkabout characters, dance performances, face painting and personal appearances at intervals from Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall in Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Music will again centre round the Touch FM stage in St Editha’s Square, featuring live performances from a range of acts from 2pm, including The Glamophones, Matilda Pratt, Tamworth Voices, Glenn Chevannes and dancers, Just Perform, Tamworth Pantomime Company and more.

Elsewhere, Tamworth Sixth Form Dance Company will perform under the Town Hall in Market Street.

The Christmas market will also return this year lining George Street with a range of stalls selling gifts, crafts, novelties, local produce and festive food – perfect for picking up some unique and personal Christmas presents.

The town will be bathed in festive cheer at 5pm, when the lights are switched on. This year the honour of throwing the switch will be given to the winner of a special Cub Cake and Brownie Bake-Off competition which is taking place as part of this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition. The lucky winner will be joined by the Paw Patrol characters, the Mayor of Tamworth and the main man himself, Father Christmas.

Tamworth’s Christmas lights switch on is organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team as part of the town’s calendar of free outdoor events.