Christmas tree festival is back

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A twinkling Christmas tree festival is returning to South Yorkshire for its thirteenth year.

Members of the local community will gather at Holy Trinity Church, in Thorpe Hesley in Rotherham, for the festival next month.

They will decorate 19 trees, donated by local businesses, each reflecting the theme of a particular festive tune, in-keeping with this year’s festival theme of Christmas Songs.

Kay Hester, Holy Trinity Church events coordinator, said: “Each year this community event has grown in popularity and is a great time of celebration for the whole family.

“We have the sponsorship of many local businesses both large and small and we are very appreciative of their backing. 
“Many people also sponsor a tree in memory of a loved one which is a lovely tribute.”

A Victorian market with Christmas ale, mulled wine, hot food, stalls and games will also feature in the festival, which will be opened by the Mayor of Rotherham, Maggi Clarke on Thursday, December 3 and will run until Saturday, December 5.

There will also be a live nativity play presented by Wentworth and Thorpe Hesley Youth Theatre.