By Rosie Redmond.
Wilton town boasts what could be the tallest living Christmas Tree in Europe, some 66 (19.8metres) feet high standing in the Market Square.
Wilton Town Square was crowded for the lighting of the tree on December 2nd. It looked magnificent when lit up.
The evening made for a wonderful festive start to the season: the front of The Greyhound was wrapped in a large red ribbon, Reeve the Baker was selling Christmas biscuits and mince pies, Wilton Parish Church had a stall selling handmade decorations, and a local choir sang carols and Christmas classics while people sipped on mulled wine and ate delicious pulled pork buns from Salisbury Hog Roasts.
Father Christmas arrived in his sleigh pulled by two reindeer at which point a long queue of patient children formed, waiting to see the main attraction.
The Mayor, Cllr Andrew Kinsey launched the ceremony, introducing local celebrity Gary Nunn: “Gary has been a great ambassador to the town. He has been chairman of the carnival and the Christmas tree lighting for many years and organised the lighting of the tree so it is an honour to have him switch on the lights in 2022.”