Christmas In Downton

Nothing - Not Even Covid - stops Christmas!
Time to go:

Although it may not be possible to hold the Christmas Festival in its normal format this year, the organisers have come up with a plan to organise things differently to celebrate the festive season, despite restrictions.

The re-imagined event is taking place over the month of December and Downton residents are invited to submit photographs of their decorated tree, wreath, table centre, nativity scene, garden tree ..... or even whole house (wherever their imagination may go!) to form a virtual Village Christmas Trail which will be made available on-line.

This includes music, recipes, activities for children and even virtual cake.

The organisers add "After what has been a very difficult year for many, we will include larger entries, that can be viewed from the street, in a physical Downton Christmas Trail with the aim of cheering up the whole village. We hope people will still be willing to share Christmas goodwill by making a donation to this year's charity, the Family Counselling Trust. For details of the trust, click here. To donate, click here.

This web page will be expanded to become the main site for the Festival. Currently (as it's only early December) it's a bit thin - so please send your photos, music, recipes, and whatever else to: or use the ContactUs page. Please note that music should be in mp3 format, and photos can be jpg or png format. The photos and songs must not be copyrighted or you must own the copyright.

Pictures of Downton at Christmas

"Angels from the Realms of Glory"
Salisbury Embroiderers Guild

"Glass Snowflakes"
Lynn Purcell

"Which house is being burgled?"
A Mystery!

"Happy Christmas!"
The Borough Dentists

"Showing the whole Christmas story in pictures. "
St Laurence Sunday School

"Happy Christmas from the cast of Anne of Green Gables"

"Christmas Greetings"
Horticultural Society

"An up to date Angel decoration"

Family Councils Trust

"Tree and decorations from 1918."
Moira Walker

Stella Gerschwiler

"St Laurence's"

Videos - by local cinematic stars!

Anne of Green Gables DADA .Play.
Downton Band - outside Memorial Hall at night .Play.

Recipes - by local chefs!

These recipes have been given for your delectation - results are not guaranteed!

Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti Lynn Purcell Details
Mincemeat Slice Patricia Jones Details
Festival Shortbread Jane Brenton Details
Chocolate Cake Phillipa Merrill Details

Some Christmas Music - by local musicians!

The Downton Band will be playing Christmas Music around the village as usual - see here for the band website.

These songs have been recorded with Video and are on YouTube

ArtistClick here
Charlotte FoleySilent Night
Charlotte FoleyA Little Love

These songs have been sent in by local choirs/groups/singers. To be included send me the mp3 file!

Past Three Oclock Downton Community Choir
All my heart this night rejoices (Bach) Mark Merrill

The Downton Christmas Trail

1 Catherine Crescent Enlarge
2 Wick Lane Enlarge
3 Wick Lane Enlarge
4 The Borough Enlarge

Awaiting more pictures to put on the map - please send them in!