Chester Cathedral are hoping to bring some much-needed joy into people’s lives with their bright and magical Christmas Tree festival
It’s been a tough year and the festive season is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of a Covid-dominated 2020. So what better escape than to enjoy this year’s spectacular Christmas Tree Festival at Chester Cathedral?
This cavernous, grade I listed building dates back to 1093 and is the perfect backdrop to the 40 artistic Christmas trees decorated by schools, local businesses and charities.
The pièce de résistance is an interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem by sculptor Peter Walker called Starry Starry Night (pictured). The installation depicts a constellation of stars, individually suspended from hundreds of gold and silver ribbons with one large star (the start of Bethlehem) suspended in the centre as a symbol of hope and light.
Meanwhile, The Leaves of the Tree, also from Peter Walker, is a nationally touring art installation which encourages people to reflect on the coronavirus pandemic, as well as honour those who have passed away. Made up of 5,000 steel leaves laid out on the floor as though naturally scattered by the wind, the leaves symbolise the past and hope for the future.
“This year has been very hard for the Cathedral Community,” says The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, “but we felt very strongly that we had to bring joy and hope to the people of Chester and beyond.”
The Christmas Tree Festival is open now and runs until Sunday 3rd January 2021. Adults £2.50 entry, children free. www.chestercathedral.com