Christmas Tree Festival Winners – 2023

A huge thank you to the 29 local organisations that took part in this year’s Christmas Tree Festival, by supplying and creatively decorating a Christmas tree – without the support of these fantastic organisations, there would be no Christmas Tree festival! Thank you also to everyone who showed their support by visiting St Paul’s on the night to vote for their favourite Christmas Trees!

The votes have been counted and verified and we can now reveal this year’s winners…

1st Place

Leelas Ladybirds Nursery

2nd Place

Wycliffe CE Primary School

3rd Place

Shipley College

The Leelas Ladybirds tree is themed on the ‘Blue Planet’ and has been inspired by the need to look after our oceans in order to protect and preserve our beautiful marine/sea life. Leelas have been teaching their children the value of recycling – all of their decorations are bio-degradable and recyclable.

The Wycliffe Christmas tree is inspired by the school’s vision statement ‘Life in all its fullness’ – this vision ensures that the school family is happy and fulfilled. The children discussed what makes them feel happy at Christmas time – their answers are represented in their bauble creations.

The Shipley College tree has been created by their 9059 Next Steps students, who have been learning about the history of Saltaire. Using the iconic chimney of Salts Mill for inspiration, the students have decorated their tree with alpacas, street lanterns and the famous Saltaire street names.

Many congratulations to our three winners, who will each receive a certificate and a cash prize of:

1st Place – £75

2nd Place – £45

3rd Place – £25

The prize fund is made up of the £5 that each organisation paid to sponsor a tree at the festival.

We would like to give honourable mentions to Scraptastic and Shipley Recorders & Wycliffe CE Primary Recorder Club, who narrowly missed out, placing 4th and 5th respectively. Here are a few more photos showcasing these wonderful trees:

This year’s Christmas trees will remain in church until the New Year, where they will be lit up at selected services throughout the Advent and Christmas season, so if you didn’t get a chance to come along to the festival, perhaps you can see them at one of the upcoming services or events listed below.

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