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Willunga Uniting Church hosts its thirteenth annual Christmas Tree Festival at the beginning of Advent. Put the weekend of November 29th & 30th. on your calendar. The festival continues its tradition of showcasing beautiful Christmas trees, music, Christmas stalls and kids' activities in this annual community event.

The 2014 Festival poster, featuring a map of Willunga
The 2014 Festival poster, featuring a map of Willunga

It also launches an expanded selection of Christmas stalls, ideal for Christmas gift buying and those searching for Christmas bargains. There will be plenty of yummy home baked goods on sale, including fruit cakes, rum balls and Florentines. This year the festival delves into the past, present and future as part of the Willunga 175 celebrations. Willunga is officially 175 years old and many of the entries for our Christmas trees will feature on this theme.

A diverse range of Christmas trees on display
A diverse range of Christmas trees

The festival people's choice will also receive the coveted original art work of the festival poster. The poster features emblems of Wilunga within the street map. A very clever design by artist Emily McAllan. Willunga 175 will also be contributing trophies for winning entrants.

Emily McAllan with the original festival poster art work
Emily McAllan with the original festival poster

There will be many things to investigate for all ages, including workshops for the very popular advent wreaths on November 22nd, these workshops are already almost booked out. Visitors to the festival can view the individual wreath creations as part of the displays.

Advent wreath poster
Advent wreath poster

Kids can explore the adventure trail throughout the festival, every child receives a prize on completion of the trail. Visitors can visit our community complex, and browse through the Christmas crafts and food stalls in the bell paddock. Enjoy a display of over 50 decorated trees and be part of the people's choice for your favourite Christmas tree. The festival is open from 10am to 4pm each day. It gets bigger and better each year, in fact you'd be mad to miss it!

Over 50 decorated Christmas trees
Over 50 decorated Christmas trees

For many visitors the festival is not complete without indulging in one of the delicious Devonshire teas. Enjoy fair trade coffee or tea and homemade scones, jam and cream. The festival would like to acknowledge the ongoing sponsorship by Laucke flours.

Entrance to this inspirational display of Christmas trees is still only $3, kids free. To view more details log on to their popular Facebook page here Bus tours by appointment, December 1st to 4th, morning and afternoon teas can be included in a tour.

A beautiful display of Christmas trees
A beautiful display of Christmas trees
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Why? Get into the spirit of Christmas
When: November 29th & 30th, 10am to 4pm.
Where: Corner of St Jude Street and St Andrews Terrace, Willunga
Cost: Adults $3, kids free
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