SADLY NOW CANCELLED OR AT LEAST POSTPONED...
This year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Thomas Church Lymington has sadly been cancelled because there will not be time after Lockdown for set up.
See virtual tour of last year's Festival below!
Since its inception in 2015 in aid of the St Thomas Cupola Appeal, the beautiful and astmospheric Christmas Tree Festival in St Thomas Church has gone from strength to strength, each year attracting a growing number of trees and visitors. A highlight has always been the official opening carol singing by the Robin Choir from Lymington Infant School, which also always bring tears to many eyes.
How it works is that the Friends of St Thomas Church led by Chair Daphne Johnson buy in a number of Christmas trees in a variety of sizes, for which they also supply the lights. Each tree is "sponsored" by a local business or organisation ranging from local solicitors, estate agents and marine businesses to community and church organisations and charities. Each pays to participate according to the size of the tree. Each also has the opportunity in the Festival Programme to explain what its organisation does
Then staff and volunteers of the relevant business and organisations decorate their individual trees to a theme they choose, which results in an enormous range of beautifully decorated trees of various shapes and sizes, all with the same lighting so at the same time producing a wonderfully harmonious effect. (It's also usually a very friendly sociable affair, the tree dressing part before the Festival Proper.)
And then the Festival opens, and whilst it is on various local choral and other musical performances take place, and volunteers from the Church sell Christmas cards and a range of extremely well priced Christmas decorations made by volunteers.
And then through the long weekend whilst the trees are on display visitors arrive, and make their donations and wander around enjoying the sights and the scents of this marvellous and slightly surreal spectacle.
And at the end, the trees are either collected by their "owners" or are sold with the funds going to the Church, to people who have pledged during the course of the weekend to buy them - so many trees still resplendent in their decorations then go on to grace a home or hospital until and through Christmas.
This year's festival, Friday 4 - Tuesday 8 December, as COVID-safe as possible HAS NOW SADLY HAD TO BE CANCELLED
The Friends of St Thomas Church Committee hopes to hold an alternative event, later, in St.Thomas Church.
"Live" virtual tour below of the 2019 pre-Covid Festival will have to fill the sad gap for now!