Christmas Festival 2019

The 13th Christmas Festival Weekend - Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2019

St. Anne’s warmly welcomes the wider community again to join the church in taking part in all that will be on offer throughout what promises to be yet another very special Festival Weekend.

Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2019 - Christmas Tree Festival

St. Anne’s Church, Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm, Sunday 11.30am - 3.00pm

In 2018 52 beautifully and imaginatively decorated Christmas trees reflecting families, businesses, organizations and charities adorned the Church. In October letters will have been sent out inviting you to bring a tree to St. Anne’s. If you have not received an invitation by early November and would like one, please request this from Churchwarden Barbara Blundell Tel: 01243 670791 or email her at, with the subject: Christmas Tree Festival. Contribute your tree and visit this spectacular Festival with a Children’s Trail, a bumper Hamper Raffle and a children’s ‘Lucky Dip’ bran tub filled with lovely surprises.

Friday 6th December - Is it a Cocktail or Mocktail?

St. Anne’s Church, 7.00pm

Following 2018’s successful ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tasting quiz, St. Anne’s is holding a similar and tantalising ‘Is it a Cocktail or Mocktail?’ event. Set your taste buds tingling sampling the concoctions. Try to guess who is telling the truth about the recipes and their names. Join us amongst the Christmas trees for perhaps a ‘Santa’s Little Helper, ‘Festive Fizz,’ and more, with canapés. ‘Basket of Bottles’ raffle.

Tickets £10 from St. Anne’s or Greetings House, East Wittering (01243 673933).

Saturday 7th December - Christmas Fair

East Wittering Village Hall, from 10.00am

As previously, this very popular event will enable you to do some Christmas shopping from the wide range of goods on offer. There will be tombolas with bottles and a hamper amongst the prizes. Stalls will be selling home- made cakes and local produce such as marmalades, chutneys, jams and crafts, books and ‘nearly new.’ Refreshments including mulled wine will be available throughout. A Grand Draw from the sale of raffle tickets ends the Fair.

Sunday 8th December: 6.00pm - The Christingle and Toy Service 

St Anne’s Church, 6.00pm

The Christingle and Toy Service for the whole family brings the Christmas Festival Weekend to a close. The Salvation Army Band will be playing at this service. You are invited to bring a new unwrapped toy as a gift for children whose families are in need, particularly over Christmas. The retiring collection will be donated to the Children’s Society.

Please look out for posters giving details of all that will be taking place throughout this wonderful Festival Weekend. Christmas fun starts at St. Anne’s. Come and join us!

Karen Grunert, publicity contact, St. Anne’s Church