The newly restored St Colman’s church in Dervock, Derrykeighan Parish, is running a Christmas Tree Festival on December 7 and 8.
The festival will give people the opportunity to come in and admire the beauty of the restored church. All the trees will link together with a theme ‘The Life of Jesus.’
Admission to the church is free and donations will be very welcome. The ladies of the parish are serving tea and coffee in the Allen & Adair hall for any visitors who come on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The opening hours are 1–7pm on the Saturday and 1–5pm on Sunday with ‘Carols in the Forest’ concluding the weekend celebrations in the church at 6pm.
Lisburn Cathedral is also hosting a Christmas Tree Festival with the theme ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ from December 5–10, with the aspiration of opening up the Cathedral to people from near and far.
Vicar the Rev Simon Genoe, who is helping organise the festival, said: “We hope there will be a forest of around 60 imaginatively decorated trees telling the story of Christmas here inside the Cathedral. The council and Lisburn City Centre management are providing trees for outside as well as an ice sculpture, and lighting up our spire so it will be clearly seen from the motorway and beyond.”
Opening Times for the Festival in the Cathedral are:
Thursday/Friday – 5/6 Dec – 11am to 9pm
Saturday – 7 Dec – 10am to 8pm
Sunday – 8 Dec – 2pm to 6pm
Monday/Tuesday – 9/10 Dec – 11am to 9pm
Morning coffee, lunch and evening meals available without booking. For group catering booking is essential. Please contact Margaret on 028 92670509 or via email here.