Get ready to create a dazzling Christmas tree for annual church display

It’s that time of year when people of all ages can show off their festive creativity and take part in an annual Tamworth tradition by decorating a Christmas tree for St Editha’s Church.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team have joined with St Editha’s Church to invite businesses, community groups, charities, individuals and schools to come along and join in with one of the most popular Christmas events in Tamworth. This is an opportunity for organisations to use their creative flair and at the same time publicise their organisation/business. The town’s Christmas lights are turned on over the weekend of the festival, where there is an expected footfall of up to 8,000 people.

This year’s Christmas Tree Festival takes place from Friday, November 23 to Friday, November 30 between 9am and 5pm. Members of the public can buy a token and vote for their favourite tree. The winners of each category are announced at the end of the Festival.

The popular tradition coincides with the switching on of the Christmas lights in St Editha’s Square on Sunday November 25 and raises valuable funds for the church.

Anyone can take part in the event, whether it’s a local business, a school or community group looking to promote their work, or an individual who just loves Christmas. A space in the church costs £10 and people bring their own trees; real, artificial or other.

Trees can be decorated in any way, including traditional, themed or reflective of the business or group. Please note the church cannot supply mains power so any lights must be battery operated.

St Editha’s Church Parish Office administrators Gwen Wilkinson and Dawn Perry said: “Since the festival began over 11 years ago, we have displayed hundreds of Christmas trees in St Editha’s Church and members of the public have come in and voted for their favourite. Please help to make this year’s festival the best ever, with all money raised going towards the upkeep of our marvellous church.”

Decorating will take place on Thursday, November 22 and Friday November 23 between 9am and 5pm. The Christmas Tree Festival will then be open to the public until Thursday, November 29, including throughout the Christmas lights switch on event on Sunday, November 25.

Application forms to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival are available from the Parish Office at 29 Church Street, Tamworth, St Editha’s Church book shop or via email at Or for more information, please contact the Parish Office on 01827 68339.