A unique Festival of 175 Christmas Trees at Rossorry Parish Church later this month, will give the parish the opportunity to present Christian hope and shine a light on the work of many charities, community groups, schools and churches, says its rector, Canon Dr. Ian Ellis.
The Festival at Rossorry Church, supported by the 4-star Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Chalets opens on Thursday evening, November 24 and continues on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 25, 26 and 27 finishing with a closing Carol Service on the Sunday evening.
The traditional Christmas tree became a popular tradition in England when Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert introduced it from his native Germany in the 1840’s. 
It quickly became adopted in homes across the country.
In 1841, Rossorry Parish Church was opened for worship on its present site and this Victorian theme will be used throughout the Festival weekend.
Each of the trees on display will be designed and decorated to represent the ethos and theme of charities, businesses and community groups throughout Fermanagh.
The response from these organisations has been overwhelming and this has given the organising committee tremendous enthusiasm as they put together the final preparations for their major community event.
The Festival coincides with Rossorry Church’s 175th anniversary year and at the end of this year of celebration and fundraising for the church, donations will also be made to their nominated local, national and international charities.
Canon Dr. Ellis said he was looking forward to seeing the novel creations under the Festival theme “Joy to the World” which will be staged in the church, stables and parish hall.
He said: “We are delighted to welcome you to this ‘Festival of 175 Christmas Trees’ to celebrate the 175th anniversary of our church on this site. The Festival would not have been possible without the support of local businesses, charities organisations, churches and schools. 
“We are extremely grateful to all who have contributed to the success of this event.
“As we celebrate the birth of Christ in this exciting and creative way, and as you look at the various trees on display in the church, the church hall and the stables, it is my prayer that the Light of Christ may shine in your life so that you may realise how much He loves you.”
Refreshments will be served through the Festival weekend.