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2017 Festival of Christmas Trees

Festival of Christmas Trees - December 1st, 2nd & 3rd  2017

A totally amazing six thousand, three hundred and ninety-nine visitors came to The Church of the Holy Cross to see Tenth year of the Festival of Christmas Trees, and it is doubtful whether anyone left disappointed, because there were an incredible ninety-eight decorated positions to be seen and admired. The Church welcomed visitors from as far afield as Yorkshire and Hampshire and a considerable number from across the country boundary with Kent. This Festival retains the traditional methods of tree decorating, but the Sponsors are very much encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year they certainly excelled. One very special display was titled “Santa’s Workshop” which had been several months in development while another display was a tree that had been decorated to represent a full length dress. Photographs of the Trees featured in this year’s Festival can be viewed in the Church’s website Photo Gallery, which can be accessed via the main Menu Bar at the top of this page, or see the link below. The ninety-eight displays had been sponsored by a cross section of Uckfield’s community – schools, businesses, voluntary organisations and associations, community support groups as well as individuals and families. During Friday afternoon visitors were entertained by Margaret Watson,harpist,and John Pontefract a singer and guitarist.  Children could have their face painted by Pretty Fantastic Faces on both the Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Margaret Watson Harpist Tree Festival  Tree Festival Tree Festival 

Saturday morning Uckfield FM undertook an Outside Broadcast within the Church and interviewed visitors and Festival organisers.  During the course of day visitors were entertained by Jimmy the Juggling Jester, Beth Ellwood – singer and song writer, and Alan Lannaghan - pianist.  Then in the wonderful Brass Ensemble of Uckfield Concert Brass played a selection of carols and Christmas music beside the giant illuminated Christmas Tree which had it’s lights switched by The Mayor of Uckfield, at a special Lighting Ceremony on Thursday evening.​
Tree Festival Tree Festival  Tree Festival  Tree Festival

‘Jimmy the Juggling Jester’ was on hand again Sunday morning to entertain children. Children could also try their hand at decorating biscuits.
In the Belmont Centre Visitors were exceedingly well catered for throughout the Festival with the availability of Morning Coffee with Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas.  Plus there was the opportunity to purchase Handcraft Seasonal Gifts, Hampers, Gifts, Decorations and Homemade Jams.

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For details of a possible 2018 Festival of Christmas Trees please visit our website later in 2018.