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Deck the church with 30 Christmas Trees

Following a successful preview and opening night, the Helmsley Christmas Tree Festival is open to spread a little festive cheer until 17th December.

Featuring 31 trees which have been individually decorated by businesses and organisations around the town, the theme for the Helmsley’s fourth Festival is Stars.

The Festival, which is held at the historic All Saints Church, is open from 10am to 4pm every day.

Entry is free, but donations are welcomed, which will be split between Helmsley Community Primary School, Helmsley Community Library, All Saints Church and the town’s Christmas lights’ fund.

Each business decided on their own theme within ‘Stars’ with decorations varying from Shooting Stars and Yorkshire Stars to Star Signs and Catwalk Stars. As well as members of Helmsley in Business, Helmsley Community Primary School, smAll Saints, Helmsley Community Library, Helmsley Toddler Group, Mothers Union and the Girl Guides have all taken a tree.

There is also a Yorkshire Star Trail running around the town. Twelve stars have been hidden in shop windows, which spell out a festive phrase. Entry forms can be picked up at Elijah Todd’s and completed forms should be handed back there before 17th December. Prizes include a hamper from Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop and a wooden LED light-up star from Duncombe Park Gift Shop.

Jacky Pickering, chair of Helmsley in Business, who runs The Stick Man with husband Keith, said: “The trees really do look fantastic, such a lot of effort has gone into them – from home-baked decorations, to knitted ones! It’s a lovely festive thing to do, and it’s great to see the happiness it’s bringing to people. Thank you to everyone who organised a tree and who is helping to man the festival – hopefully lots of visitors will come along and see for themselves!”

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