Evergreen trees represent life in the cold and dark of winter, whilst their adorning ornaments symbolise parts of the Nativity story and Jesus Christ as the light of the world.

Cradley Christmas Tree FestivalSt Peter, Cradley

This year, St Peter’s Church, Cradley, are hosting their first ever Christmas Tree Festival, displaying trees decorated by local businesses and community groups, in order to celebrate the whole community. A donation of £10 has been made to charity for each tree and visitors will be asked to give £2 on admittance; all proceeds will be split between local charities and the church’s project to improve its accessibility. The festival will launch at 6pm on Friday 7 December, accompanied by carols from Cradley CE Primary School Choir. Choirs from local schools will also visit the church intermittently during the event, singing seasonal songs to spread Christmas cheer. Visitors will have the exciting opportunity to climb the tower on Saturday 8 December, from 11am until early afternoon! A further carol service led by Cradley Girl Guides will close the festival at 3pm on Sunday 9 December, at which time businesses and community groups will be invited to collect their trees, to display on their premises for the remainder of the Christmas season.

All are welcome to this special event. Look out for photographs on the church’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchCradley. Find out more about St Peter’s, Cradley, on their website: www.stpeterscradley.org.

Remembrance Christmas Tree at Dudley WoodSt John, Dudley Wood

A similar Christmas Tree Festival is taking place nearby at St John’s Church, Dudley Wood and Cradley Heath. Now in its fifth year, this festival is running throughout Advent and the Christmas season. With more than 30 trees this year, local schools, business, community groups and individuals will be wonderfully represented in the church. This year’s trees include a beautiful 100-year Remembrance Tree given by Corngreaves Primary School, with sponsorship from George Green Solicitors. 100 years of women’s suffrage is also represented, as is Tesco and local company, Chapmans Electrical. Year 1 at Dudley Wood Primary School have decorated a penguin tree, whilst the Rainbows have created a Rainbow tree. Local children have also helped to decorate trees on behalf of the local foodbank and UNICEF.

St John’s welcome everyone to come and enjoy their brilliant display of trees. More information about St John’s, Dudley Wood and Cradley Heath, can be found on their website: http://www.stjohnsdudleywood.org/index.htm.

St Thomas, Stourbridge

Christingle Tree at St Thomas, Stourbridge

This weekend also sees the annual Christmas Tree at St Thomas's Church in Stourbridge. The church has over 30 interesting, colourful, quirky and imaginative trees designed by local charities, organisations and community groups.The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor will be visiting at 12.30pm on Sunday. He said:

"It's a real pleasure to be invited to the St Thomas's Christmas Tree Festival. As well as helping to get people into the Christmas spirit, the festival will raise money for two local charities. I hope that lots of people drop in over the three days to see all the beautifully decorated trees and find out more about the charities, organisations and community groups who have designed them."

The Festival at St Thomas runs on Friday 7 December between 10am & 6pm; Saturday 8 December between 10am & 4pm and Sunday 9 December between 12pm & 4pm.

Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral’s hugely popular Christmas Tree Festival will also return to the cloisters this year, launching on Saturday 8 December. Local businesses, charities and schools will provide and decorate 100 glittering trees to line the medieval cloisters, creating a magical display. Donations are welcome throughout the event, to support the cathedral and its work. The trees will be in place until Thursday 3 January.

Further information about Christmas services and events at Worcester Cathedral are available on their website: http://www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/