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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published November 17th 2015
Country towns are great at gathering their communities for a common goal. Combine community spirit with Christmas celebrations and you will find many country Christmas Tree Festivals bringing together their own community and visitors from further afield. This increasingly popular event is an enchanting way to start the season of advent with your family. Here is a chronological list of Christmas Tree Festivals to visit.

Christmas Tree Festivals, Mannum Christmas Tree Festival, Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival, Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival. Photograph by JA Rossiter


Murray Bridge Tree Festival
Murray Bridge is the first to host their Christmas Tree Festival. The theme of Joy to the World will bring you joy to your world through Christmas tree decorations, songs and lovely handcrafts for sale. Friday features school singing. Entertainment will be provided on Saturday and there is informal worship and a shared lunch on Sunday.

Christmas Tree Festivals, Mannum Christmas Tree Festival, Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival, Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
The gorgeous Lighthouse Christmas Tree at Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival. Photograph by JA Rossiter


Dates: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Friday and Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm Sunday
Cost: Free
Venue: Murray Bridge Town Hall
13-17 Bridge Street Murray Bridge

Christmas Tree Festivals, Mannum Christmas Tree Festival, Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival, Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
Murray Bridge Christmas Trees. Photograph by JA Rossiter


Mannum Christmas Tree Festival
Mannum celebrates the following weekend. Visit their display of decorated trees on Friday 27th November. This annual Festival, in its 36th year, raises funds for Friends of Aminya and the Inter Church Council school chaplaincy program. Vote for the tree and wreath of your choice. Raffles will be drawn continuously throughout the day until the prizes run out. Stalls will be selling inexpensive gift items and local schools will provide musical entertainment. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Date: 27th November
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Adults $2, Children free
Venue: Mannum Leisure Centre
51 Adelaide Rd, Mannum
Contact: 08 8569 2886 (Helen)

Willunga Christmas Tree Festival
Hopes and Dreams is the theme for Willunga Christmas Tree Festival's 14th year. On display are over 50 decorated trees from individuals, local kindergartens and community groups. It runs for two days, Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of November. Craft and food stalls and an historic 1800s hay cart will be in the adjacent Bell Paddock on the Saturday. Bus tours can book in on the 30th November and 1st of December.

Christmas Tree Festivals, Mannum Christmas Tree Festival, Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival, Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
Willunga Christmas Tree Festival. Photograph © Willunga Christmas Tree Festival


Date: 28th - 29th November
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Adults $3, Children free
Venue: Bethany Hall, Willunga Uniting Church
Contact: (08) 8556 2758 (Jenny)
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WillungaChristmasTreeFestival/

Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
The Loxton Christmas Tree Festival is in its 19th year. Their theme is Christmas in the Garden. Community organisations, groups and individuals design and present their decorated innovative Christmas trees.

Dates: 28th November to 17th December
Time: 11.00am – 6.00pm daily
Venue: Loxton CWA Hall, Kokoda Tce, Loxton
Contact: Caudis 0427 846 089 or Visitor Information Centre 08 8584 8071.
Website: www.loxtonlights.com/festival_events.php
Groups by prior arrangement.

Christmas Tree Festivals, Mannum Christmas Tree Festival, Murray Bridge Christmas Tree Festival, Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
Loxton Christmas Tree Festival. Photograph © Loxton Christmas Tree Festival


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My vote is for the wonderfully diverse Willunga Christmas Tree Festival.For those with an interest in buying homemade christmas cakes, puds (in the cloth) and other goodies.
Plus seeing a wonderful forest of trees, a kids trail and the obligatory devonshire tea.
This is the 14th annual festival - November 28th & 29th - 10am to 4pm - Bethany Hall, St Jude St.
A local children’s choir will sing at lunchtime on the Sunday.https://www.facebook.com/WillungaChristmasTreeFestival/?ref=hl
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1214) 1278 days ago
Geelong has the Floating Christmas Tree. I'm not sure if its the best decorated Christmas Tree, however it is one of the largest I have seen. Read this articlehttps://www.weekendnotes.com/floating-christmas-tree-geelong/ from Cassie
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1268 days ago
Congratulations winning second place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12364) 1268 days ago

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