A Christmas tree festival which aims to celebrate the creativity and businesses and community groups in Sutton New Town is returning.

The festive event at St Barnabas Church, in St Barnabas Road, encourages people to decorate trees and raise awareness of both their causes and volunteering opportunities.

There will also be a special guest appearance from singer and West End performer Kara Lane.

She has appeared in such roles as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Nancy in Oliver, Eva Peron in Evita, Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins, and more.

Last year saw more than 1,500 visitors, deemed the biggest since it began, and it’s hoped similar success will be achieved this time around.

Attendees must bring or make their own artificial trees that stands between four and six feet tall.

That aside, you’re allowed to decorate it however you wish in a bid to promote worthy causes.

Doors will open at 6pm as seasonal refreshments and treats are served before the festival opens alongside the Mayor of Sutton Cllr Steve Cook.

Then the lights on the trees, as well as both in and around the building, are switched on shortly before 7pm.

After visitors get the opportunity to return to their refreshments and see the musical performances on show the event will finish at 9pm.

The Christmas Tree Festival Opening Gala will be held on Friday, November 30, at St Barnabas Church in St Barnabas Road, starting at 6pm.

For more information about the event, click here.