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.

Saturday Night Gala Concert Tickets Now On Sale

BCTF colour badgeTickets for the Saturday Night Gala Concert can now be reserved online or purchased from Spirals in Victoria Place.  This ever popular festive extravaganza features a wonderful programme of Christmas music and entertainment, plus a delicious three course canapés supper.  The event is always a sell out so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Doors open 7.30pm, concert commences 8pm. The Festival Gift Shop will be open as guests gather and during the interval.

Tickets for this event can be reserved online by clicking here.

Tickets For Friday Night Concert Now On Sale

wp-image-1181815577jpg.jpgOnce again Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival will get underway in style with a concert of Christmas Music by the Marenzio Singers on Friday 8 December. Doors will open at 7pm and the concert will commence at 7.30pm This will be the first opportunity to see the 2017 trees in all their glory and to enjoy the truly unique atmosphere of All Saints’ at this very special time of year.

Tickets cost £10 each, which includes a glass of wine and a mince pie, and can be purchased from Spirals in Victoria Place or ordered online by clicking here.

2017 Christmas Tree Entries Open!

2016-12-10 10.04.18Yippee – only 12 weeks and one day to go until this year’s Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival on 9 and 10 December 2017 and we’re delighted to announce that you can now enter your trees for this year!

As usual anyone can enter a tree free of charge and we welcome adult, child, individual and group/company entries. You can find out all about this year’s entry arrangements and make your entry online by clicking here.

Festival Breaks Records

2016-12-10-10-04-22Press Report – The 2016 edition of Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival, which took place over the weekend of 10th and 11th December, brought record numbers of visitors from as far afield as Australia and Lithuania flocking to the town’s 13th Century All Saints’ church. With some 100 trees on display, of which more than 70 had been entered for the Festival competition by members of the local community, the church offered a sumptuous visual feast for visitors.

Around 2,300 people visited the church during the Festival and a further 560 people attended one of the three associated evening concerts, bringing the total number of visitors to a record breaking 2,860. Alongside the spectacular trees, visitors were able to pick up unusual and often handmade decorations, gifts and goodies in the Gift Shop and Pantry, listen to live music from a host of volunteer performers, enjoy delicious homemade refreshments, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, and for the children there were special competitions and the chance to meet one of the Nativity shepherds.

The standard of the entries was particularly high this year with some truly innovative designs from entrants of all ages. This year’s official charity tree was presented by Acorn Village, a residential community based in Mistley which provides a secure future for people with learning difficulties, whose residents also provided some of the live musical entertainment during the Festival.

On arrival each visitor is given a competition judging form and asked to vote for their favourite trees. The competition winners this year were:

Child individual
Isabelle’s Christmas Tree –  Isabelle Day

Child group
Owl I want for Christmas – Brightlingsea Junior School

Child/Runners-up (Highly Commended)
It all begins with ABC – Childminding Group and
A Fishmas Tree –  Brightlingsea Infant School Kids Club & Nursery

Adult individual
Angel Delight – Zoe Aldridge

Adult group
A Christmas Tree-t – WoolyBuly Craft Group

Adult/Runners-up (Highly Commended)
Notes on a Tree  – “Sing Brightlingsea”  and
Helping Hands at the Heart of the Community – First Responders

As well as providing a much loved festive community event, Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival plays an important part in helping to fund the upkeep of Brightlingsea’s two Anglican churches, All Saints’ where the festival is held and its sister church St James’ in the town centre. Current priorities for fundraising include essential restoration work on All Saints’ church tower, which was built in 1250, and construction of permanent toilet and kitchen facilities to ensure AllSaints’ can be used as widely as possible for appropriate community events as well as formal services. The Festival has raised almost £100,000 since it was launched in 2003 and this year’s event is expected to add around £11,000 to that total.
The 2017 Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival will take place on the weekend of December 9th and 10th. Further information about the event can be found at

Winners Photo Gallery

And here are our 2016 Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival winners in all their glory! We’ll have more images for you in a bit, but for now enjoy our winning trees.

Child individual 


Isabelle’s Christmas Tree Isabelle Day

Child group 


Owl I want for Christmas Brightlingsea Junior School

Child/Runners-up (Highly Commended) 


It all begins with ABC Childminding Group and


A Fishmas Tree  Brightlingsea Infant School Kids Club & Nursery

Adult individual


Angel Delight Zoe Aldridge

Adult group 

woolbulycraftgroupA Christmas Tree-t WoolyBuly Craft Group

Adult/Runners-up (Highly Commended) 


Notes on a Tree Sing Brightlingsea and


Helping Hands at the Heart of the Community  First Responders