REGRETFULLY, DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS,  CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2020 IS CANCELLED. We look forward to resuming in 2021 – see you then 


Welcome to the 10th Christmas Tree Festival of St Mary-le-Tower Church

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The festival runs this year from Thursday 28th November to Wednesday 4th December, and celebrates the life of our town and its communities. This is the 10th annual tree festival run by St Mary-le-Tower church. Last year the church looked stunning! We had more than 115 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:

  • Headway Suffolk  Headway Suffolk is a registered charity in England (no.1075338) that offers advice, support, rehabilitation and support services to anyone (over the age of 16) who has, during their lifetime, sustained a brain injury through traumatic accident, stroke, virus, tumour, neurological conditions or other similar event.
  • Music and upkeep at St Mary-le-Tower One of the main purposes of the festival is to raise funds for the music of St Mary-le-Tower and particularly its work with young people, and also to help towards the upkeep of this magnificent building.
  • and the Mayor’s Charities:
    • WASSUP WASSUP is a project run by local young women in Ipswich focussing on raising awareness of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honour based violence and gang grooming. They also prioritise lobbying for changes to social policy and practice on these issues promoting young people’s voice.
    • We Are Patrick Inspired by Ipswich-based project WASSUP,   is a youth social action programme delivered by young men in Ipswich.

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

Your Guide to Our festival this year

The tree layout – available after the festival begins

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