Date of popular Welwyn Garden City Christmas tree festival announced

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 October 2018

Christmas Tree Festival, St Francis Church, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Melissa Page

Christmas Tree Festival, St Francis Church, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Melissa Page

Melissa Page Photography 2016

A popular Christmas tree festival will be taking place again in Welwyn Garden City this year.

Dust off your baubles and get ready for the St Francis Welwyn Garden City Tree Festival, which is taking place on December 8 and 9.

Member of the church Rob Smith said: “This is our largest event in the year, enjoyed by some 1,500 visitors.

“The Christmas Tree Festival raises funds for St Francis Church and the 1st WGC Scouts.

“Come along and enjoy the dazzling display of decorated trees and vote for your favourite one.”

Local business, schools and charities participate by exhibiting their own trees and the whole community gets together for a range of activities, including Christmas tree auctions, Santa’s grotto, a tombola, children’s games and a grand raffle.

There will also be food and refreshments, which of course include mulled wine.

Visitors will be able to browse stalls selling knitted novelties and “bargain books”.

Last year there were more than 70 trees in the church to admire.

The opening hours for the event are Saturday, December 8: noon to 6pm and Sunday from noon until 5pm.

Admission is £3 with free entry for children under the age of 12.

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