Warwick church getting ready for festive season with return of the Christmas tree festival

A church in Warwick is getting ready for the festival season with the return of its annual Christmas tree festival later this month.

St Mary's Church will once again be hosting its annual Christmas Tree Festival, which opens on the same evening as the town's Victorian Evening on November 28.

Miles Timmis and the Bell Ringers Tree in St Mary's Church. Photo supplied.

Miles Timmis and the Bell Ringers Tree in St Mary's Church. Photo supplied.

All the trees are individually decorated by the community and local businesses.

On Victorian Evening Festival church doors will open at 5pm with entertainment including Occasional Brass, Two Castles Male Voice Choir, Hand Bell Ringers and a reindeer trail.

The evening will end with a short carol service at 8.45pm.

The festival will run until December 8 and visitors can vote for their favourite Christmas tree and be entered in the prize draw. Admission on Victorian Evening costs 50p per adult and £1 after. Children can enter for free.

There will also be other music and events at the church throughout the festival. The St Mary’s gift shop will be open and the pop-up café will be serving tea, coffee and cakes on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

On Saturday November 30 Occasional Brass and the Two Castles Male Voice Choir will be returning this year from 10am to noon, to play Christmas music while you wander

through the trees. Visitors will also be able to have tea and cake with the Mayor of Warwick Cllr Neale Murphy at noon.

At 7.30pm on the same day the ‘Sing it loud’ choir will be performing their end of season finale ‘Season of Dreams’ concert. Tickets for the concert can be bought at: www.singitloud.co.uk and the event will be in aid of the Cleft Lip and Pallet Association.

Another concert will take place on December 5 when The Contemporary Choir perform at 7pm – singing pop, rock, musical theatre and Disney hits – backed by the Jam Hot Show Band. The concert will be raising money for Myton Hospice. Tickets can be bought at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thecontemporarychoir/305750#
Local school choirs will sing Christmas songs on December 6 from 10.30am to noon in a free concert.

There will also be a lunchtime recital by Jacob Lee on the Double Bass at 1.15pm.

Father Christmas will visit the Christmas Tree Festival at 10.30am on December 7 and Occasional Brass will play again from 10am to 11.30am. ‘A Not So Silent Night’ concert will also take place at 7.30pm where Sam Young, Simon Hogg and Liz Green reunite with other musicians.