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Ilkley to get first Christmas Tree Festival

Ilkley to get first Christmas Tree Festival

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:18am 23rd October 2018.

Ilkley is to have its first Christmas Tree Festival this coming November.

Organiser and local Ilkley resident, Jessica Jeffrey is combining her love of Christmas along with helping local community groups and charities.

Ms Jeffrey said:

'I've been involved with helping local groups and charities over the last several years and saw an opportunity to combine the desire to help with a genuine love of Christmas. Though there are other Christmas tree festivals in towns all over the UK, there isn't one in Ilkley.

"I think the people of Ilkley are generous and Christmas is usually a focal point in the town calendar with lots of people coming from out of town, so hopefully we will get a good attendance across the two days. The festival also coincides with the Ilkley Christmas lights switch on, so we should also benefit from that".


There will be a magical display of over 20 Christmas trees, each decorated by a local charity or community group. There'll also be live music and refreshments.

Voluntary donations can be made on the door with people being able to vote for their favourite Christmas tree.

Ms Jeffrey added:

"We have had a great response from the local community. We've been grateful to receive some funding from the Awards and Projects Committee at Ilkley's Town Council which has enabled us to secure trees. St Margaret's Church have very kindly allowed us to hold the event at their church during their busy run up to Christmas. We've also got some very talented local music groups helping to create a really Christmassy atmosphere."


What time is the Ilkley Christmas Tree Festival?

Friday 23rd November 11am-3pm and 5pm-7pm (3pm-5pm low sensory time with no music.)

Saturday 24th November 10am-6pm.


The event will take place at St Margaret's Church, Queens Road, Ilkley on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November -  With proceeds divided equally amongst participating groups and charities. You can contact them via