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Burton Overy Parish Council

Serving the people of Burton Overy


Clerk: Kate Barker
Springside House, Scotland
Lane, Burton Overy, Leicester

Tel: 07827 797125

Christmas Tree Festival

The Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival was first held in 2000 and was the first in the county. It has been held each year since then and continues to raise a significant amount each year for the Church, Village Hall and Nominated Charity.

"Why is the Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival always such a success?'' is the frequently asked question locally, around the beginning of December. Many visitors to the Festival (more than 2,000 for the 2017 event last December), tell us they look forward to it as the start of Christmas – and every year many of them go away saying yet again: "It's the best yet!'' Why? Because it is a truly village event, with pretty well everyone in the village making a contribution – whether it is baking a cake, helping to sell raffle tickets, collecting admission fees, clearing tables in the Village Hall, or lighting up a tree in their own garden or window – there's a job for everyone!.

The organising committee put a huge amount of time into planning the festival in detail – and they are immensely grateful for all the willing help they are able to recruit. They have already embarked on plans for the 2018 Festival - to keep its traditional flavour, plus including some fresh new ideas to keep it exciting and attractive to visitors.

The nominated charity for the 2018 Festival, our 19th, will be announced shortly.

Dates for the 2018 festival: TBA

The organising committee want to thank everyone who contributed, whether by baking a cake, donating a raffle prize, or giving up their time to help in so many other ways. Your help is invaluable.

Facts on the 2016 Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival:

  • 51 trees were entered
  • Total sum raised: £7,118.42
  • Church share: £3,694.74
  • Village Hall share: £2,000
  • Aplastic Anaemia Trust: £1,423.68 (20 per cent of Festival profits)
  • The Raffle raised £1,780.33.
  • Catering raised: £1,868.13

2017 1st Place Rachel Margetts - Merry Christmouse

2017 Junior First Place

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

by George & Arthur Barbour

Tree-Cycled Christmas by Sally Muir

Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival

Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival

Barbara Lloyd

0116 259 3226

Winners 2017

1st Rachel Margetts with a Merry Christmouse
2nd The Burton Overy Quilting and Sewing Group with The Little Christmas Festival
3rd Sally Muir with Tree-Cycled Christmas


1st George & Arthur Barbour with Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
2nd Laurie King with Have a Crate Christmas
3rd Stoneygate School with Afternoon Tea at Stoneygate