Community Christmas Celebrations
Many people across the county have been drawn to the Christmas Tree Festival in
St. Petroc’s Church, Bodmin again this year, helping the church celebrate its festival’s 20th anniversary.
Bodmin College students, local fire fighters and St. Petroc’s members hauled the 52 trees into church. The festival had begun.
School performances at the opening night concert were superb. Priest, Rev’d Elaine Munday and elf, Roland Oakley, led the proceedings.
The festival team promised surprises this year, in recognition of the festival’s anniversary, and it did not disappoint. The winter wonderland style entrance was thrilling, and as visitors emerged through the twinkling archway they said: “Amazing!” “Wonderful!” “How did you do that?” “Brilliantly decorated.”
The surprises sit wonderfully alongside the traditional and well-loved features of the festival, including glorious garlands, sparkling lights, a huge Santa, market stall, nativity scenes and highly decorated trees by community and church groups, charities and local businesses.
The Community Tree is another new feature. Everyone was invited to bring along a homemade bauble to hang on the tree during the festival.
As seasonal music plays, visitors enjoy hot drinks and delicious light refreshments, inside the warm church.
The festival continues into the night with concerts and events arranged for virtually every evening of the festival.
The original Christmas story is celebrated though carols and nativity scenes, both inside and outside the church.
External scene created by students at Bodmin College Sixth Form
The festival continues to 17th December with tree viewing only until 26th December 2022.