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Ullapool's annual Christmas Tree Festival to return for fourth year coinciding with creel tree lights switch-on

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Beach tree by Ullapool Sea Savers.
Beach tree by Ullapool Sea Savers.

Ullapool's annual Christmas Tree Festival is due to return for its fourth year, coinciding with Ullapool's famous Creel Tree lights switch-on on December 1.

The quirky event, held in the Church of Scotland on Mill Street, sees entries of extremely creative one-of-a-kind trees from many local residents and community groups.

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Organiser of the event, Mike Newman said: "The festival aims to bring light, joy, awe and wonder to all those who visit, and over the years our usual attendance figures hover around the 800 mark. Some folk visit again and again, especially in the later afternoon when it is dark outside and the interior of the church glows with hundreds of twinkling lights."


The festival will also see some late night openings with mulled wine and mince pies, as well as a community carol concert on December 13 at 7pm.

Local primary school pupils also often visit the display, with many of the classes having entered their own decorated trees into the show.

Usually, the festival garners around 40 trees to put on display, but this year there will also be over 100 mini nativity scenes from around the world on display too.

There are no fees to enter or visit the festival, however some trees have their own collecting box to support a good cause.

The festival is open from 12.00–6.00pm daily from December 6–17, at the Lochbroom and Ullapool Church of Scotland on Mill Street.

To enter a tree into the festival before December 3, get in touch with Mike Newman on ullymike@me.com

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