The 2020 Alternative Christmas Tree Festival, East Hagbourne

Welcome to my last blog post of 2020! Last week I showcased Christmas lights in Didcot. This week it’s the turn of the Christmas tree festival in East Hagbourne.

The festival usually takes place inside St Andrew’s Church but for obvious reasons it’s being held outside this year.

Christmas trees, East Hagbourne
Christmas trees, East Hagbourne

This is the 10th year of the Christmas tree festival. Most of the local groups who usually decorate a tree have contributed as usual, including the Hagbourne Fun Run team, Hagbourne School, the Community Shop and the book group.

A partridge in a pear tree, 12 Days of Christmas
A partridge in a pear tree, 12 Days of Christmas

Whilst some of the more intricately decorated trees cannot be displayed this year there are an amazing 130 trees decorated across East and West Hagbourne!

Hagbourne Christmas tree decorations
Hagbourne Christmas tree decorations

I’m not aware of any tree map but there are so many it’s best just to wander around the villages to see what you find. Perhaps start in and around the back of the churchyard where you can find trees celebrating the twelve days of Christmas and a tree covered in litter. I didn’t go inside the church but there are three further trees which can be accessed when it’s open (Wednesday 10am-12 noon and Saturday 2-4pm).

Themed Christmas trees, East Hagbourne
Themed Christmas trees, East Hagbourne

Near to the church you’ll also find this magical Narnia scene. It was created by Jason Capone-Taylor, do keep an eye out for it.

Narnia, East Hagbourne
Narnia, East Hagbourne

The festival is raising money for St Andrew’s Church and Homeless Oxfordshire. There’s a raffle, with ten prizes, to be drawn at midday on Sunday 20 December. Do pop and buy tickets from the Community Shop.

Christmas trees, East Hagbourne
Christmas trees, East Hagbourne

Have you visited the Christmas trees? If so, what was your favourite?

As mentioned above this is my last blog post for 2020 as I’m taking a fortnight’s blogging holiday.  I’ll be be back on the 9 January.

In the meantime, Happy Christmas to all my readers!

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