Jingle all the way with Milngavie’s Christmas tree festival

MILNGAVIE’S annual Christmas Tree Festival will return this holiday season starting with a jam-packed opening ceremony at St Paul’s Church.

From next Saturday (December 1) the event will feature a spectacular arrangement of decorations with as many as 30 trees displayed.

The festival, now in its fifth year, will also feature a series of musical performances during the opening weekend beginning with a concert from the church choir (10.15am).

Shortly after, the official ceremony will take place (11am) followed by appearances from the Milngavie Juvenile Pipe Band and the Music School of Douglas Academy, scheduled between.

The Sunday will also host a number of events including a performance from the Allander Jazz band with Jeannie Maxwell (2-4pm).

There are countless other events and displays to enjoy with organisers hoping to post a full programme of events throughout the town.

Organiser Eleanor Easton hopes to re-capturing last year’s success while helping to spread a dose of holiday cheer.

She said: “As in previous years we will have a display of over 30 trees decorated most imaginatively by members of the whole community ­— schools, churches, youth organisations, music groups, flower clubs and many others.

“While looking at the trees, visitors can listen to a varied programme of live music and enjoy some delicious home-baking in the tearoom.

“This year’s festival is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and we hope everyone can made a donation to the charities as well.”

Like last season, the festival will help two chosen charities including Mary’s Meals, which works to provide school meals to some of the third world’s most impoverished children.

Also benefitting is local organisation Way Ahead who, through their weekly meetings at Killermont Church, provide physiotherapy services to those who have suffered a stroke, along with help and support to family members effected.

Representatives from both charities will hold a brief speech following the opening ceremony.

The festival will be open from 10am-4pm each day, barring an later 1pm start on Sunday and an early 2pm finish on Friday.