Saturday 10 December

Christmas Tree Festival – 10.30am – 4pm

St George’s Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Blake Gallery

A tree-mendous festival is on the cards as tinsels, baubles and things even quirkier and wonderful will decorate the trees.

Come along, wander among the creativity and vote for your favourite Christmas tree!

On Saturday 10 December around 60 trees will be decorated and displayed – some quirky, some traditional, some modern and some really crafty.

The trees will be decorated in the lead up to the festival by local groups, families and young people.

Public viewing will take place between 10.30am and 4pm and voting will be open until 2pm. The winners will be announced by the nativity just after 3.30pm, with prize for the best decorated tree in St George’s Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church and Blake Gallery, being handed out by the Mayor Cllr Greta Goatley.

Emmanuel Baptist Church will be putting on some festive fun with ‘Get in the Picture’ – have your photo taken by the stable and printed off, free of charge for a personalised Christmas card, there will be live music, and lots more of Christmas activities taking place inside the church.

Participants can donate their decorated festive masterpiece to charity if they wish to. Trees will also be replanted.

Register to decorate a tree and take part in the festival by visiting Eventbrite or contact Gravesend Visitor Information Centre on 01474 337600 for more information.

Christmas Nativity Parade with a twist – 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Parading through the town leading to Gravesend Visitor Information Centre/St George’s Church

Three camels, three kings, a donkey, our very own Mary and Joseph and a baby Jesus will be taking part in a live version of the Christmas story.

The nativity, which will step off from Community Square, will parade through the town, down Windmill Street, following the High Street, turning left onto Jury Street and down to Gravesend Visitor Information Centre (Towncentric).

The story will come to life, thanks to City Praise Church, and can be watched on by spectators. Families and children are encouraged to join the parade dressed up in their nativity favourite outfit (shepherds, Stars, Mary, Joseph).

 Other events during the day

  • There will be donkeys and sheep pens outside Gravesend Visitor Information Centre.
  • Donkey rides available at £2 per ride between 10.30am and 2pm (please note that for their welfare, donkeys will have to have a rest between rides)
  • Entertainment from the Gravesham Borough Band and church choirs and refreshments (cake stalls, teas and coffees etc) will be available in both churches during the day.
  • The Bench Café at the Gr@nd will have a tea and cake stall outside Towncentric for people who are taking part in Donkey rides, having a look at the camels and for the end of the parade.

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