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Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival - until December 5

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival - until December 5
Start Date: 6 December 2018
Start Time: See website above
End Date: 5 January 2019

Stowmarket Parish Church, Stowmarket Library and The Museum of East Anglian Life

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival, now in its 14th year, and with over 35,000 visitors, is one of the region’s major winter attractions. 

There will be spectacular Christmas trees in Stowmarket Parish Church, Abbots Hall in the Museum of East Anglian Life and the town library. All three venues are in very close proximity of each other in the lively Mid Suffolk town centre.

It all started in 2005 with a modest eighty Christmas trees in St Peter and St Mary’s Church and since then the Festival has grown year by year beyond all imagination with more trees coming alive with sparkle and festivity each time.  The decorators from groups and organisations in the town are told to be creative and to think big and the result is breathtaking. People travel from all over the country and abroad to see the trees, with some making sure that their annual visit to see friends and relations in Suffolk fits in with Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival. The Visitor’s Book also shows grateful comments from tourists who come back year on year: ‘Visited with family who have been before – more amazing and beautiful than I anticipated – Creative, clever and well worth the travel to experience’.

Previously, visitors have seen everything from delicate globes created from icing sugar to amazing angels from electronic components, mini framed works of art and marshmallow sheep hanging on the trees. They have to be seen to be believed. It seems as if all the town’s groups, organisations, schools and charities, in fact everyone who is anyone in the town applied during the summer to decorate a tree. As well as traditional Christmas trees visitors have also found an optical illusion tree, one made from a pile of books and another from carpet rolls.

The Stewards in Church who are ready to welcome you love to see faces light up as visitors walk through the big glass doors mouthing ‘WOW’. People might have heard about Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival and seen the photographs but nothing compares to the experience of visiting and seeing the Christmas trees for yourself. In daylight they look bright and colourful, at dusk when the sun is going down they look stunning and then when it is dark it is like being in a warm and welcoming magical kingdom.

The one way route around the Church includes a stopping off point to relax and have a drink and a mince pie as you take in more of the enchanting Christmas atmosphere.A special moment for many is writing a prayer or the names of loved ones no longer with us and hanging them on a dedicated tree knowing that they are not forgotten at this Christmas season.

Trees in Abbots Hall, in the award winning Museum of East Anglian Life, and only a stones throw from the Parish Church in the centre of Stowmarket will be displaying‘Festive Food’ themed trees as food and its sources over the years is something that is going to be developed in their new Heritage Farm. Step back in time wandering around their Exhibition rooms and see Christmas trees adorned with decorations reflecting years gone by with cloves in oranges, strings of popcorn and fresh gingerbread men dressed with ribbon bow ties. See the toys that used to be hidden in a Christmas stocking not to mention the rest of the displays in the very grand restored Queen Annehouse.

Stowmarket library is focusing on ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas with some lovely creative surprises hidden throughout the building. For those inspired by the Christmas Tree Festival the library will be collecting poems, creative writings and art work to feature in a dedicated book to be published for next year’s Christmas Tree Festival.

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival is a great day out for all the family whether you are one or one hundred and one. 

For more details of opening times see Stowmarket Parish Church website.

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