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

  • Entry Form

    Link to Christmas Tree Festival Entry form

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 (Often more than 2,000), 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 aim to keep its traditional flavour, plus including some fresh new ideas to keep it exciting and attractive to visitors.

The nominated charity

The Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival 2019 will this year support a very local charity; The Well at Kibworth. The Well support many people in the local community, including a dementia café,

Dates for the 2019 festival: 29th November - 1st December inclusive

Christmas Tree Festival 2018

The CTF team are busy planning this years 20th anniversary tree festival already, hoping to build on the huge success of last years. Footfall was up and the festival made a profit of £8698.45. An amazing achievement, made possible only with the support of so many in the village, and we genuinely thank you for all you do. The dates for this years festival are Fri 29th, Sat 30th and Sun 1st December 2019.

The CTF team are keen to support a very local charity this year and we have chosen to support The Well at Kibworth. The Well support many people in the local community, including a dementia café, and this is great opportunity to directly help them but also promote the work they do. Do pop the dates in your diary and we look forward to working together again this year to raise much needed funds for the charity, church and village hall.

Winners 2018

1st Louisa Rawlings and Zoe Williamson with It's blooming Christmas!!
2nd Barbara Lloyd with While Shepherds Washed their Socks by Night!
3rd Dianne Delahooke with A Lava-tree

Junior Entries

1st Lottie King aged 12 with Festive Fiesta!
2nd George, Arthur and Charlie Barbour with Farmer Christmas
3rd St Cuthberts Primary School with Christmas Truce

Christmas Tree Festival 2017

Thanks to the enthusiastic support of everyone in the village and the careful planning of the event by the Christmas Tree Festival committee, our 18th Festival was a great success, both in terms of the number of visitors who came to view it and the amount of profit made – just over £7,700. A donation of £1,540 was made to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Home-made refreshments in the Village Hall with a Grand Raffle, a children's chocolate Tombola and stalls offering crafts, jewellery, greeting cards, ceramics, plants and local beer all helped to attract the many visitors to this popular festival which marks the start of Christmas for so many people.

Merry Christmouse by Rachel Margetts

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