l Are you fir real? If you happen to love a Christmas Tree at this time of year, then here are five events across Essex that’ll keep you happy...

1 Christmas Tree festival, Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh, Thursday, November 28-Sunday, December 1.

Head along to the historic church in High Street, Rayleigh, and immerse yourself in a veritable tree fest. The church will be packed with beatiful trees and there wil be competitions for the best decorated tree plus other events. The weekend culminates with a Service of Light and seasonal O Christmas Tree concert. Visit www.parishofrayleigh.org.uk

2 Christmas Tree Festival, All Saint’s Church, Writtle, Saturday November 30, and Sunday, December 1.

The church has held its Christmas Tree Festival since 2012 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Every year it sees 50 or more cleverly designed and decorated tress brought into the wonderful medieval church. Visit www.allsaintswrittle.co.uk/church-life/christmas-tree-festival.html

3 Meet Father Christmas by the tree at Prittlewell Priory, Southend, December 13, 10am-4pm

Travel back to Victorian times to discover how the Scratton family celebrated Christmas and meet their very special guest – Father Christmas himself! For one weekend only, Father Christmas will be in the magical setting of Prittlewell Priory to greet younger visitors. He will be seated by the magnificent Christmas tree in the Refectory and each child will have the chance to tell him their Christmas wishes and receive a small gift and a sticker. They can also enjoy the storytelling and crafts. Advance booking essential via www.southendmuseums.co.uk/events/father-christmas-at-the-priory-1

4 Christmas Tree Maze & Treasure Trail at Earls Colne, Saturday, November 30, - Sunday, December 8, free entry.

Navigate your way through more than an acre of real Christmas Trees in the maze. Among the twists and turns of the maze, there will also be a Christmas Treasure Trail extending into the plant centre, great fun for the whole family! While you are there, why not browse the indoor Christmas Market with beautiful gifts perfect for stocking fillers, unique presents and sweet treats? Visit www.oliversplants.co.uk

5 Bubbles and Baubles at Colchester Castle Museum, Friday, December 6. £12.50 per person.

Be inspired by tree glamour from the past this Christmas. Experts will guide you through the castle’s Adorn Exhibition, after which you can enjoy your favourite festive tipple while you create a unique decoration that will make your Christmas tree sparkle this year. Visit colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/events/bubblesbaubles/