The Christmas Tree Festival is back in Welwyn Garden City this festive season, as the much-loved event celebrates its 25th anniversary.

More than 60 Christmas trees will be displayed at St Francis of Assisi Church, from 12pm until 5pm on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10.

The trees have been decorated by members of the church, businesses and community groups, with this year's theme being silver, to mark 25 years of the event.

Alongside the trees there will be a range of stalls selling cakes and crafts, with the Scouts catering for the event, offering hot meals, soft drinks and mulled wine.

A Giving Tree taking donations for the local food bank, a silent auction of decorated trees - thanks to donations by Tesco and John Lewis - and the popular raffle and tombola are back again with some great prizes.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Entry is just £3, with under 12s going free.Entry is just £3, with under 12s going free. (Image: St Francis of Assisi Church)

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Entry to the festival is just £3, with under 12s going free.

"Our Christmas Tree Festival is always a highlight in the calendar, and I’m delighted at the support we have seen for this, our 25th festival," said Rev. Canon Jenny Fennell, Vicar of St Francis of Assisi Church.

"As we head into the busy Christmas period, it will be wonderful to see a church full of trees and lights as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, with friends from across the whole community."

Andrew Ward, Scout group leader added: "The Scouts have been associated with St Francis of Assisi Church for many years, and it’s great to serve the community by running the catering at this event, giving our members new skills and a chance to meet people."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The Scouts will be supporting the event.The Scouts will be supporting the event. (Image: St Francis of Assisi Church)