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Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival launches this weekend

Organisations in Knaresborough have come together for the 'Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival 2020' in place of the town's usual festive events.

A number of key organisations in Knaresborough have come together to create the 'Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival 2020' in the absence of the town's usual festive events. Members of Knaresborough Chamber, Knaresborough Town Council, Knaresborough Rotary Club and St John the Baptist Church are collaborating on the event that will see the church and shops around the town decorated with Christmas trees. The festival, which launches this Saturday (12th December), will see around 50 Christmas trees displayed at St John's as well as another 20 in shop windows and private dwellings throughout the centre of Knaresborough. And the event will include a trail, available to download online, to allow people to see all 70 trees that will be up and decorated around the town. [caption id="attachment_4250" align="alignnone" width="2560"] The Knaresborough Christmas Tree trail allows visitors to see all 70 trees around the town.[/caption] Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival 2020 The festival will open on Saturday 12th December and run through until Wednesday 6th January (12th night) 2021, allowing the town to truly celebrate the run-up to Christmas. Admission to the festival is free, however those wishing to attend will still need to book a time slot via Eventbrite to adhere to social distancing and safety restrictions. There will also be the opportunity to donate to the church and to their chosen charity, Cancer Research, which can be made on the day of your visit or via the group's JustGiving page at any time. Donations to the Church and Cancer Research will be managed through stickers around town which are fully contactless. https://www.facebook.com/knaresboroughchristmastreefestival/posts/1776036162551446 In addition, Knaresborough Chamber have offered to subsidise over 80 external fully lit Christmas trees that will sit above shops, which several businesses have taken them up on, whilst the Rotary Club are circulating a Christmas Star for local schools to decorate before being displayed in shop windows.

Revd Garry Hinchcliffe of St John's Church said:

"We here at St John’s Parish Church are delighted to be joining with the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and the Knaresborough branch of Rotary to offer a magical and wonderful experience for town residents and visitors alike.

"Come and support our local shops and community… Enjoy a trail around the town’s decorated windows, download a star to colour in and display in your homes and last but by no means least, remember to book your slot for entry into the Christmas Tree Festival at Church - an event that has become a must see Christmas experience for all ages."

The festival, which is using the hashtag #lightenourdarkness, hopes to bring some joy and Christmas spirit to the town after the usual festive events were cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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