And The 2018 Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival Winners Are…

Each visitor to the festival is given a voting form on arrival and selects their favourite tree and at the end of the festival our amazing volunteers then collate and count all the votes. After careful checks we are delighted to announce that the 2018 Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival winners are:
Florence Andrews “The Hama-tree”
Wong/Totenhofer family “Chemis-tree”
Payne Gunfield “A Spanner in the Works”
Oaklands Care Home “The NHS Angel”
RUNNERS  UP – Highly Commended
Adult Group – French Marine “Sleigh Drive”
Child Group – 4th B’Sea Scouts “Tree Prepared”

2018 Concert Tickets On Sale

Tickets for this year’s Festival concerts are now available to purchase from Spirals.  The concert details are as follows:

Friday 7 December 2018 – An evening of Christmas music with the Women in Harmony 

The 24-strong Women in Harmony group will give a programme of carols, Christmas songs, solos and audience participation numbers to open this year’s festival.  Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 7.30pm; tickets cost £7.50 to include a free glass of wine and mince pie (with cash bar). The Festival Gift Shop will be open as guests gather and mingle during the interval.

Saturday 8 December 2018 – Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival Gala Concert with The Motley Crew

The sea shanty signing Motley Crew will be the stars of our Saturday evening Gala Concert and their music will be accompanied by a delicious two course canapé supper. This ever popular festive concert will also feature some wonderful festive readings and special festive wassail songs. Doors open 7.30pm, concert commences 8pm. The Festival Gift Shop will be open as guests gather and during the interval. Tickets will cost £12.50 to include the two-course canape supper and free glass of wine (with cash bar).

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday events can be purchased from Spirals.

Carols2Sunday 9 December 2018

The Festival will conclude with a wonderful free family carol sing along led by Chris Bloor. This well loved and widely anticipated event brings families and friends together to sing a delightful selection of festive music and close the Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival in true style.  The carols start at 6pm.

Tickets not required – open to all.

Who Benefits From The Festival?

Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival 2015 - Highly Commended ChBrightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival benefits our whole community. For our visitors it is a wonderful festive experience enjoying the spectacle of the massed Christmas trees, our glorious gift shop and scrumptious larder, delicious home made refreshments, live music throughout the day, an opportunity to meet with friends old and new, and the truly unique atmosphere of our beloved All Saints’ Church at this very special time of year.

For those that create trees its an opportunity to let their imaginations run riot. Watching the joy on the faces of the children who contribute to school and group entries as they see their creations come to life in this beautiful setting is something very special. While for the adults its a chance to let their inner child run riot!

bctforganisingcommittee16For those working behind the scenes, for the volunteers creating and service refreshments, for all the wonderful singers and musicians who entertain us, its a chance to give something back to our fantastic community.

But alongside the community element there is also a very real fundraising role for the festival.  Since it began in 2003 the festival has raised some £120,000 which has been used to support the maintenance and development of Brightlingsea’s historic churches, St James’ in the High Street and All Saints’ on the outskirts of town, which hosts the Christmas Tree Festival.

The Festival has been run under the auspices of the Friends of All Saints’ since the start and they are currently coordinating plans for a major restoration of All Saints’ historic tower and the construction of a purpose built toilet and catering facility at the church.  You can find out more about the work of the Friends in the article below:


And The Winners Are……

What a wonderful array of trees we had this year and how lovely to see all the children taking part in the competitions!

The creativeness and ingenuity of our contributors and the determination of the children never fails to amaze us and in our view everyone is a winner.  But our visitors are asked to judge the trees and select their favourites and so the competition winners for 2017 are:

Favourite Christmas Tree, was won by

Adult Group – Brightlingsea Litter Pickers with ‘The Litter Tree’

Adult Individual  – Zoe Aldridge with ‘The Tree of Life’

Children’s Group – Brightlingsea Junior school with ‘On the Twelfth Day of Christmas’

Child Individual – The Ryder family with ‘Joseph’s Carpen’tree’

The Rock Hunt was won by

  • Max Parkinson aged 11 yrs.
  • Isabelle Day aged 6 yrs.

The Raffles were won by

  • Hamper – The French Family
  • Village Snow Scene – A Etheridge

A full gallery of images will be published shortly.

Shuttle Bus

From 10am the shuttle bus will be running between All Saints’, the Park & Ride car park at Coop Fiveways on Samsons Rd and from outside St James’s Church in the High Street. First pick up will be from St James’ each morning At 10am. 

If you are coming into Brightlingsea look out for the Park & Ride signs which will direct you to the car park. The post code for your sat nav is CO7 0RN
The bus makes a circuit approximately every 30 minutes from 10am and will finish at around 5.45pm.

Parking is very limited at the Church so please do use the Park & Ride.