Magical display at St Mary’s tree festival

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St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival is perhaps the largest of its kind in the country with over 1,000 magical displays.

It will see the church lit up for Advent with a display of festive trees of all shapes and sizes decorated by local businesses, charities, schools andcommunity groups.

The festival will be opened at a preview evening buffet evening tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7 each (01664) 565798 - and five public open days will follow.

The church will be open from 9am to 9pm tomorrow (last admission 8pm) to tie in with Melton’s Christmas lights switch-on event, and from 9am to 4.30pm with a carol concert among the trees at 5pm.

On Sunday the church will again be open from 9am to 5pm, and will then reopen at 6.30pm for a Songs of Praise event with the Hathern Brass Band.

On Monday the opening hours are 9am to 9pm (last admission 8pm) with mulled wine and mince pies from 5pm, and your final chance to see the trees will be on Tuesday from 9am to 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Admission is £2 for adults and accompanied children are free.