Church spreads festive spirit with Christmas tree exhibition in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:16 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 11 December 2018

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Father Christmas with the Camm Family. Phil with Florence,1, and Hugo, 4.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Father Christmas with the Camm Family. Phil with Florence,1, and Hugo, 4. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Christmas trees of all shapes, styles and sizes were on show at a popular annual festival in Welwyn Garden City.

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

The St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival, which received 74 entries this year, was enjoyed by an estimated 1,500 people across Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.

Local businesses, schools, community groups and families entered trees in the exhibition.

St Francis’ largest event of the year, the festival raises funds for the church and the 1st Welwyn Garden City Scouts.

The community enjoyed the colourful display and joined in a range of activities, including tree auctions, children’s games, a tombola, a grand raffle and Santa’s Grotto at St Francis.

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Visitors also browsed stalls offering homemade cakes, knitted novelties and bargain books, sampled hot food and refreshments including mulled wine, and contributed decorations to the Giving Tree.

St Francis Welwyn Garden City  Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Father Christmas with Joseph Dernuk, 2, and Mum Emma Dernuk. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Father Christmas with Joseph Dernuk, 2, and Mum Emma Dernuk. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Barney Sweeney, 8, enjoys the festival. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Barney Sweeney, 8, enjoys the festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Jonathan Turner, 13, enjoys the festival.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Jonathan Turner, 13, enjoys the festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Christmas trees on display.


Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Christmas trees on display. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Rev. Jenny Fennell and Mayor Barbara Fitzsimon. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Rev. Jenny Fennell and Mayor Barbara Fitzsimon. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Telcas/Fiona and Terri dressed up for the Christmas Tree Festival.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Telcas/Fiona and Terri dressed up for the Christmas Tree Festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Tesco Hatfield Christmas Tree. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Tesco Hatfield Christmas Tree. Picture: Karyn Haddon

St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Christmas Trees on display. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonSt Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018: Christmas Trees on display. Picture: Karyn Haddon

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon.One of the trees on display at the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Christmas Tree Festival 2018. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

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