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An impressive Christmas Tree festival is popping up at St. Mary Redcliffe Church to help raise money for charity...

Treefest is returning to St. Mary Redcliffe church for a full week of wholesome family fun! The festival celebrates everything about the Christmas tree, and seeks to raise funds for a great cause — as well as pay tribute to the “excellence and diversity” of the city. Taking place between 6 and 11 December, there are plenty of chances to absorb the one-of-a-kind sights and get you and the little ones into the magical festive spirit.

An array of schools, community groups, charities and local businesses provide fully decorated trees to Treefest, using traditional and experimental methods to represent themselves at the showcase. It’s not a competition, but participants always give it their all, showing off weird, wild and wacky techniques (as well as some more down-to-earth ones) — it’s a very merry indoor arboretum, turning St. Mary Redcliffe into an eye-popping Christmassy gallery.

Over the years there have been some mind-boggling creations lining the halls of the church, with woollen trees, a tree made from books, a four and twenty blackbirds theme, light-up choirs and many more entertaining guests of all ages.

The church will be open from 10am until 5pm each day (except Sunday) for those wanting to come and explore the exhibition, and there’ll be a special late closing on Thursday, where you’ll be able to explore the displays until 8pm. There will be refreshments available from the Arc Café and a variety of musical entertainment to keep spirits soaring high!

This year, alongside supporting its own charities and good causes, Treefest will be in aid of Young Bristol. The event is free entry, but donations are encouraged with proceeds being given to those in need — last year’s event raised over £5,000! To find out more about the charities benefiting from Treefest 2017, head to the festival’s website.

When: 6–11 December

Where: St. Mary Redcliffe Church 

Website: www.treefest.org.uk 

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