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Christmas Tree Festival 2016

St Mark's 11th Annual Christmas Tree

Festival and Christmas Market:

25 November - 27 November 2016


The tree on the left is "Noah's Ark" by St Mark's Praise and Play Group.

Every year, at this time of year, we decorate our lovely Victorian church with dozens of Christmas Trees. We are helped in this activity by lots of local groups and schools. We are very grateful for all the help we receive.

Our eleventh annual Christmas Tree Festival's theme was “Let me tell you a story….”, which inspired some terrific displays.

Thank you to the team, led by Sandra Austin, who make this event happen. Examples of the 42 trees on display are pictured. They were decorated by youth organisations such as Guides, Brownies, schools, and local organisations/business etc. (All 42 trees are in the Photos section of the website.)


The Festival and Christmas Market, with cafe in the hall, were open for visitors at 6:00 pm on Friday 25 November.  In the church there was a Family Fun Night with crafts, a film, food and lantern parade.

The Christmas Market with stalls, tombola, activities and refreshments in the hall was open from 11:00 on Saturday. 




































Starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, as part of the family entertainment in church, Ian the Magician featured and also the Ravensfield School Choir.




On Sunday, the Christmas Market and café were open after the morning service from around 11:30 am until 4:00 pm.

We run a competition for the most popular tree - voted for by Festival visitors.

The favourite trees (Under 16s group entries):













Winner - St John's Brownies "Harry's First Christmas"     Runner up - St John's Primary School "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe"

The favourite trees (Over 16s group entries):













         Winner - Dukinfield Methodist "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"      Runner up - St Mark's Choir "The Gruffalo

This was followed at 2:00 pm with a Christmas Carols Concert by the Yew Tree Singers, and presentation of awards for best trees by The Revd Jenny Dunlop.


















               St John's Brownies                      Dukinfied Methodist Church                        St Mark's Choir

On Monday, children from local primary schools came to look at the trees with their teachers to admire the trees and enjoy the beauty of the church.

The weekend is always very successful and enjoyed by all who attend.









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