ST THOMAS’S CHURCH is embracing technology for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival in Salisbury.

Every year for the past 15 years St Thomas’s Salisbury has celebrated Christmas with the festival of decorated trees and nativity scenes.

A statement from St Thomas’s Church said: “Sadly, in this very difficult year, the church is not able to physically display any trees, perform live music or personally welcome all of the local community, and others from further afield, who regularly and avidly support the festival. But the show will go on and this year our festival is to go ahead, but with a ‘virtual’ difference – online. Like most of the local community the church is adopting the benefits of modern digital technology to, once again, bring people the best of Christmas creativity. “

This year money raised will go to support The Jo Benson Day Centre for Disabled Adults, and The Salisbury Child Contact Centre.

A website has been created especially for the festival, tomtreefest.org.uk, where visitors will be able to see the decorated trees and Christmas scenes, but also hear festive music.

The church has asked local choirs, music ensembles and individual musicians to perform and record seasonal music that visitors can select and play back through the festival website.

Further details about the Christmas Tree Festival as well as application forms are available at stthomassalisbury.co.uk

The virtual event takes place from December 1 to 15.

Up to three photographs of each entry need to be submitted by November 20.