Organiser of the Christmas Tree Festival, Bev Greig, with some of the entries in this year’s event. Photo: Kate Russell.

Christmas Trees light up cathedral


From Christmas trees made from books to those with more traditional decorations – you’ll find them all at the Nelson Christmas Tree Festival.

Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral is filled with 63 trees for the annual festival, which started on 27 November and runs until 24 January.

Organiser Bev Greig says the trees have been decorated by community groups and organisations, such as Citizens Advice Bureau Nelson Tasman, with each one having a different theme.

“That’s the beauty of it. We are also lucky to have so many sponsors who make it possible,” she says.

“Next year we hope to have 80 trees.”

Bev says, throughout the festival there will be a variety of pop-up concerts and during the fortnight before Christmas you’ll find them every day at 1pm.

School and kindergarten groups are also invited to attend. The cathedral is open every day from 9am – 6pm.

There is no charge to see the trees, but a gold coin donation is appreciated.