The 21st Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
Based around the village of Brighstone, the Christmas Tree Festival takes in at least 7 different venues, including the local churches, Isle of Wight Pearl and several community halls and clubs. The main attractions are the many Christmas trees on display – showcasing local businesses, schools and various events. Each tree individual, telling a story or raising awareness.
Sometimes touching, sometimes traditional. Sometimes spectacular, sometimes quirky. Whichever sentiment, you are guaranteed to find at least one tree you’ll fall in love with.
It’s not all about trees though.
Over the few days dedicated to the festival, there is plenty going on. Bell ringing, carol concerts, craft fairs and a Nativity Pageant re-enacted by local residents. You could easily get lost in the atmosphere created in Brighstone during this festive period. Short on time, and the weather against us, we decided one afternoon just wasn’t enough.
The activities and venues are all free. Donation are welcomed by the many charities involved in the Brightstone Festival. Over £110,00 has been raised for charity since the humble beginnings of the festival. Approximately 7000 people now visit the usually peaceful village to join in the festivities each December.
Top tip – The Isle of Wight Pearl is a good place to start. Located on the Military Road, they have a park and ride service to Brighstone’s main attractions. They also have their own display of trees and a very nice café with amazing panoramic views out to the English Channel.
If you missed it this year, don’t panic! Several locations have trees on display until the end of December… and of course, there’s always next year.
Our Verdict – 8/10
If you are feeling Christmassy after this – check out Ventnorville. Not quite as traditional as Christmas Trees and Festive carols, but definitely one to experience