Welcome to the Grand Christmas Tree Festival of St Mary-le-Tower Church

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The festival runs this year from Thursday 30th November to Wednesday 6th December, and celebrates the life of our town and its communities. This is the 8th annual tree festival run by St Mary-le-Tower church. Last year the church looked stunning! We had more than 80 real and artificial trees placed by a whole variety of businesses, charities, community groups and individuals. We had over 3,500 visitors to the church. Entrance is free to view the trees and there are some excellent activities for children as well as the opportunity to relax and enjoy a quality cup of coffee and home-made cake in the beautiful setting of so many lovingly decorated trees.

This year the festival is supporting the following charities:

  • Lighthouse Women’s Aid Lighthouse Women’s Aid is a charitable organisation based in Suffolk, providing emotional support to women and their children experiencing domestic abuse in their personal or family relationships.
  • Help Our Homeless Ipswich is a group of agencies that work in Ipswich helping those who are homeless or who are at the risk of being made homeless. They exist to try and address the issues that lead to people becoming homeless, as well as assisting those who are homeless in finding new accommodation.
  • Music at St Mary-le-Tower One of the main purposes of the festival is to raise funds for the music of the music of St Mary-le-Tower and particularly its work with young people.

Use the links at the top of the page to see how you can get involved.


Take a virtual tour of a previous festival

If you think that’s good, you must come to see our bigger, better festival this year with many more trees !

360 Image by Carl Lamb,