TWINKLING fairy lights, the evocative smell of pine from more than 80 beautifully-decorated Christmas trees and the sound of festive music ... all set against the backdrop of St Peter’s in Sudbury.
That is the magical experience awaiting thousands of visitors to the town’s annual Christmas Tree Festival, which opened yesterday and finishes on Sunday.
Young children from Woodpeckers nursery in Melford Road took time to visit the tree they helped decorate.
They are among 22 schools, nurseries and playgroups to take part this year, and more than 6,000 visitors are expected through the doors of St Peter’s.
This year, a record number of exhibitors are taking part, with 89 trees on show. All the trees are decorated with the exhibitor’s own theme so there is a variety of styles and decorations to view.
The Free Press tree is called Your History and includes pictures and stories showing local nativities, Christmas events and festive advertising from the past.
The festival is open daily between 10am and 7pm, apart from on Sunday when it closes at 6pm.