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Festival of Christmas Trees 2019

The Church of the Holy Cross was transformed into a forest of Christmas trees over the course of December 6th, 7th and 8th for the twelfth annual Festival of Christmas Trees.  A wonderful starburst of brightly decorated Christmas trees attracted people from all over Sussex, as well as from further afield, to visit and enjoy the splendour of the magnificent display of over one hundred Christmas trees. Visitors were amazed by the wonderfully creative and stylistic hand crafted decorations.

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This year was very much a magical display and the wonderful array of different decorated trees made it a very special event.  A complete cross section of Uckfield’s community was represented by local businesses, charities, Church communities and schools, as well as individual people and families.

ITV Meridian came to carry out a recording on the Friday afternoon and it featured on that evening’s local evening news.  Also included in this year’s Festival was live musical entertainment with a strong seasonal bias.  Friday evening featured Uckfield’s talented entertainer Bernard Tagliavini.  During Saturday morning Jimmy the Juggling Jester made his customary appearance to entertain the younger visitors.  In the afternoon John Pontefract sang and played guitar, Tim Guntrip (the Church organist) played the organ and Uckfield Concert Brass followed playing a selection of popular Carols.

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In the Belmont Centre refreshments and hot lunches were available, and visitors could also purchase from stalls selling a wide variety of made hand seasonal gifts and home produce.  Children could be kept busy with Face painting (by Sarah Moxon) and be creative with a number of craft activities.

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The photograph depicts some of the youngest children from Manor Primary School to visit the Festival together with Aissa Rippingale, of Holy Cross Church, who will be 99 in January 2020

Over the course of the three days of this year's Festival the Church welcomed just over 5700 people.

Details of the 2020 Festival of Christmas Trees will be available in September.  However, if you wish to receive information about the Festival please contact the organisers via the Contact Us Form on the Home Page menu selection of this website.