Friday, November 18, 2022


By Elizabeth Lee

BIG ones, small ones, green ones, fat ones, skinny ones, or even twiggy ones … Christmas trees of all shapes and makes will be on display when St Mary’s Church hosts its annual Christmas Tree Festival in Carlow town on the first weekend of December.

This will be their first Christmas Tree Festival since 2019, so anticipation is growing as children and adults alike come up with the most creative ways of making a Christmas tree!

“When you think of Christmas trees, you think of trees like pine, spruce, noble fir or even artificial ones, but it’s unbelievable what children can make out of plastic bottles, paintings, bee huts. Adults also used their creative skills to construct trees from tea cups and saucers, pencils, coat hangers, knitted nativity figures and horseshoes!” explained Anne Archbold from the organising committee.

Threee years ago, more than 100 trees were created by local schoolchildren and adult members of various community groups, and now, after that hiatus, the appetite for the upcoming event is growing!

“We hope that people will remember the wonder and awe of the 2019 festival, and parents, grandparents and, of course, children will once again come to St Mary’s Church, Castle Hill, Carlow on one of the days to enjoy this spectacular event,” said Anne.

The festival will run from Friday 2 December, when it will be officially opened by Bishop Denis Nulty, through Saturday and Sunday 3-4 December.

The atmosphere should be festive and all are welcome to attend.


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