Scunthorpe Festival of Christmas Trees this weekend will help Lindsey Lodge Hospice
FAMILIES can experience a winter wonderland at the biggest free display of its kind in the north of England.
The annual Festival of Christmas Trees is now under way at the Old Brumby United Church in Scunthorpe.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe, the event includes more than 75 trees, decorated by local groups and organisations.
A variety of musical performances also form part of the festival.
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It is held over the first two weekends in December, with proceeds to be donated to Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe.
Among the visitors on the first weekend was Ann Shephard, of Bottesford, who was also representing the Yaddlethorpe Methodist Ladies Group.
She said: "The trees are beautiful, they are really good.
"We put ours up on Friday and there were just a few but to come back and see the church full, it is amazing.
"I would definitely encourage people to come this week because it is very important to raise money for the hospice."
Organiser George Jefferson said: "The event has become a great community occasion with so many local groups, clubs, schools, businesses and churches taking part.
"As well as being for a worthy cause, the sight of so many beautifully decorated trees is incredible."
Last year's festival attracted more than 1,000 visitors and raised £5,000 for the hospice.
This year's event includes a new category for Christmas wreaths, as well as a display focusing on 1952 to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.
David Nash, the club's publicity officer, said: "When people walk in, it is like a magical wonderland.
"If you can imagine nearly 80 trees, all decorated, illuminated and all together, it looks absolutely fantastic.
"Entry is free and people can just drop money into a bucket for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
"The purpose is to raise money for the hospice and it is one of the many charities we support as a club.
"We want to do as much as we can to support them."
As well as seeing the Christmas trees, visitors can listen to music from a variety of local groups, that are performing throughout the festival.
The main event will be a concert by Jopsox, the junior section of the Scunthorpe Amateur Operatic Society.
It will be held at the church on Saturday, December 8, at 7pm, with admission priced at £6 for adults and £2 for under-16s. The festival will be open from 10.30am to 5.30pm on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8.
A civic service, attended by the mayor of North Lincolnshire and open to the public, will begin the day on Sunday at 10.30am.
The festival itself will then re-open at noon and close at 4pm.