Burnham-On-Sea’s seventh annual Christmas tree festival has opened in the town this weekend, with dozens of sparkling trees on display for a fortnight.
St Andrew’s Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to the public each day.
Local businesses and groups from across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have set up and decorated their trees with unique items according to different themes.
A service to mark the opening was held on Saturday evening, attended by over 100 people and led by Richard Allen.
The church will be open from 10am to 4pm daily (except Sundays) so that people can drop in and enjoy the trees and the life-size crib scene.
Those taking part this year are Burnham-On-Sea.com, St Andrew’s School, Material Needs, Home Hardware, Crafty Teacup, Burnham Horticultural Society, Christian Aid, M&F Carpets and Flooring, Ian Higgott, Vince Davey Plumbing and St Andrew’s Church Choir.
Others are BOS Interiors, Burnham Rotary Club, Mike Lowe hairdresser, Baytree Upholstery, Somewhere House, Gemini Tae Kwon-do, Childrens Hospice South West, The Ritz Cinema, Burnham Funeral Services and Baytree Building.
The other groups and firms with trees are BARB Search & Rescue, St Andrew’s Gives Parents, Co-Op Funeral Care, Burnham Brownies, KDS Interiors, Burnham Food Festival, the Round Tower Guesthouse, Somerset Time For Youth, Burnham Infants School, St Andrew’s Youth, Positive Wealth Creation, Moose International and St Andrew’s Church.
The vicar of St Andrew’s, the Rev Graham Witts, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The Christmas tree festival began in 2008 when our nation was faced with an economic downturn and the trees were meant to cheer people up. The festival has grown from those first thirteen trees to over thirty this year.”
The St Andrew’s School team with their twinkling tree on show at the festival
Home Hardware’s tree has a world peace theme on the flags of the world
Somerset Time For Youth also has a tree on display at the Burnham festival
Organiser Richard Allen and Rev Graham Witts with the St Andrew’s tree
Look for a money theme on the Positive Wealth Creation tree
The festival also includes a life-size crib scene for two weeks