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Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Over one hundred decorated Christmas trees in St. Andrew’s Church in Farnham, England

There is nothing quite like a decorated Christmas tree to evoke a festive spirit, never mind finding one hundred and seven of them under one roof. During a walk through Farnham, a British market town known for its Georgian streets, historic buildings, and craft heritage, I discovered a Festival of Christmas trees inside St. Andrew’s Church.

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

The trees lined the sides of the sanctuary and filled nooks and crannies. The trees had been decorated by various businesses and community groups, who competed for Best Christmas Tree Awards. Visitors voted by placing money in plastic tumblers underneath the tree. One vote = ten pence. Visitors could vote for as many trees as they liked as often as they liked. Trees that raised the largest amount of sums won the prizes.

St. Andrews's Church, setting for Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

St. Andrew’s church was a beautiful setting for the festival. The oldest parts of the building date back to the 12th century when Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury, but a recent conservation and development project uncovered the foundations of a 7th century Saxon church. Over the years, the church has changed and grown through renovations, destruction, and additions. Elements from each century can be found. The exterior gives the overall impression of a 15th century church. The clock dates from the 17th century.

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Decorations ranged from traditional to whimsical to offbeat to thought-provoking. It was a delight to see many hand-made ornaments and come across trees where children had obviously contributed.Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Slightly different forms

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

A little offbeat: a washing up tree by a group helping people with learning disabilities and a ladder tree by a church family

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

A celebration of colour and culture

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

This small tree, called the Tree of Conflict, encouraged visitors to spare thoughts and prayers this Christmas for the countries on the tree. Its decorations were the flags of countries undergoing current armed conflict (42 listed by the United Nations as of November 30, 2017).

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Festival of Christmas Trees at St. Andrew's Church in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Various musical groups performed throughout the four-day event. Unfortunately none were scheduled during the time of my visit.

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  8 Responses to “Festival of Christmas Trees”

  1. The Washing Up tree is my favourite! How cute.

  2. That church makes a beautiful setting for all the trees.

  3. What perfect fun to stumble across a festival as awesome as this one, Donna. I would be in heaven being around all those wonderful Christmas trees. Wow!

    • RoseMary, it was wonderful to stumble across this. I would have made a special trip just for the Christmas tree festival!

  4. No matter how old I am, I will never stop being happy when seeing a Christmas tree or decorating one, Donna! This seems like an awesome festival and it’s the first time I’m hearing about it! Well done!

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