Discuss: The community spirit of a town centre Christmas tree

A crisp star lit evening, carol singers stand around a large, decorated real Christmas tree bringing joy to all shoppers who pass; infusing the atmosphere with the magic of Christmas, or maybe not.

A recent poll has suggests 8 in 10 people would like to see a Christmas tree in their town centre this holiday season with 9 in 10 people suggesting they preferred to see a real Christmas tree in place of “modern” alternatives.

Indeed, the evergreen fir tree has been used to celebrate winter festivals (Pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. In more recent times, town centres and shopping malls have often opted for the less-traditional type of Christmas tree made from metal and plastic.

Elvedon Estates are reported as being the UK’s leading supplier of corporate and town centre display trees and last year reportedly more than 250 local authorities used their services for over 900 real display trees.

A typical real town centre display tree costs in the region of £800 with another £800 for lights plus shipping, installation and removal. All this totals approximately £4,000.

The added value of togetherness and community spirit a real town centre Christmas tree brings could, however, said to be immeasurable.

Which do you prefer?

Where will you be going this year to see the big light switch on?

Thursday 16th November 2017
Ipswich Christmas lights switch on takes place to coincide with their first late night shopping date. Start time at 4:45pm with lights due to be turn on at 7pm.

Friday 24th November 2017
Sudbury Christmas fair and official town lights switch on with the Mayor from 5pm to 9pm.  Includes fairground attractions, rides and a synthetic ice skating rink.

Sunday 26th November 2017
Colchester sees its town centre Christmas lights switched on at 4:30pm with “a new spectacular festive showcase” planned by retail store, Fenwick.

Sunday 26th November 2017
Chelmsford will see their new High Street lights and both Christmas trees being turned on with an event planned from 2pm to 5pm with a firework display around 4:45pm.




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