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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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