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

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The festival runs this year from Thursday 29th November to Wednesday 5th December, and celebrates the life of our town and its communities. This is the 9th annual tree festival run by St Mary-le-Tower church. Last year the church looked stunning! We had than 111 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:

  • Suffolk Law Centre (Mayor’s Charity) was set up by Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) to provide legal services to help the diverse communities of Suffolk to gain equal access to justice, to challenge disadvantage and inequality, and to understand their legal rights, obligations and protections.
  • Talitha Koum is an Ipswich based charity whose mission is to reach out with love, compassion and practical support to vulnerable women by ​providing residential therapeutic community for women recovering from addictions and other life challenges based in The Hope Centre – a purpose-built therapeutic centre set on a 2-acre rural site and also by running Women Together recovery support groups in 3 locations in the Ipswich area. These provide a supportive, safe environment for any women whose lives have been affected by addiction.
  • 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.
    (Have you heard that no lesser celebrity than Ed Sheeran is now the patron of our Choral Foundation!)

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

Your Guide to Our festival this year 

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, www.ambientlight.co.uk