Sheffield Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival
09 December 2020
More than 30 Sheffield businesses, charities and schools have come together to sponsor their own tree and lift the spirits of the city by taking part in a magical new Christmas Tree Festival at Sheffield Cathedral.
A delightful display of beautifully decorated trees which have been safely spaced throughout the nave, everyone taking part has been invited to decorate their own tree which have been supplied with lights by the Cathedral.
The Cathedral is inviting everyone to take part in the festival by voting for their favourite tree, with local good causes to benefit from two cash prizes.
You can view the trees in person at Sheffield Cathedral until 31 December or enjoy them online with a virtual tour of the festival, via the Cathedral's website: www.sheffieldcathedral.org/christmas-tree-festival
At the end of the festival, all the trees will be disposed environmentally and this will also include a donation being made to The Children’s Hospital Charity.
“This time last year we were welcoming 11,500 people to the Cathedral to see our first light show. Of course we are disappointed not to be able to host a similar event this Christmas but we hope the Christmas Tree Festival will make up for it a little” said Ben Rossi, development manager for Sheffield Cathedral. “We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses, schools and charities who have pulled together and supported the Cathedral in bringing the festival to life. If all goes well, we will host another festival next Christmas. You never know, it may become an annual event which forms part of Sheffield’s Christmas celebrations every year.”
The first time Sheffield Cathedral has hosted a Christmas Tree Festival, this year's event has been sponsored by Sheffield tech company etiCloud. Simon Tomlinson, Director of etiCloud, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to support Sheffield Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival. We just wanted to help bring some festive cheer to everyone at the end of an otherwise very difficult year.”
The Cathedral is open but operating with restricted visitor numbers and visiting hours. All the trees have been specially spread across the Cathedral to allow plenty of space for social distancing, but visitors to the festival will also be asked to follow the Covid-19 safety measures that have been put in place.
Anyone wishing to visit the festival is encouraged to check the latest visitor information and opening times on the Cathedral’s website www.sheffieldcathedral.org. Whether you visit the festival in person or online, please help vote for your favourite tree!