Winchcombe is on Christmas countdown
By David Wood
Where: Winchcombe town centre
When: Tuesday, December 4, 5pm-8pm
Final festive preparations are underway in Winchcombe as it gets ready to welcome residents, families and visitors to its Christmas Festival on Tuesday, December 4.
'Santa's little helpers' in the form of members of Winchcombe Together Association, Winchcombe Rotary Club and kind-hearted local residents, are busy putting the finishing touches around the charming Cotswold town, which will see more than 70 sparkling Christmas trees light up the historic town's streets.
The annual late-night Christmas shopping evening between 5pm and 8pm will see independent shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs throwing open their doors in a warm festive welcome to all.
For shoppers and foodies, North Street and Abbey Terrace will be abuzz with over 50 market stalls selling delicious hot food and a festive selection of food, drink and locally-made crafts and gifts.
For families, Father Christmas will make a special appearance, arriving in his brightly-lit sleigh through the town, before appearing with his elves in his Grotto at the Guide Hall, with all proceeds supporting local charities in Winchcombe.
Winchcombe must be on Santa's 'nice' list this year, as a little later in December he will be back with help from his friends at Winchcombe Rotary Club, who will be transporting him on his sleigh around the town on several evenings providing more festive fun for local families in the run-up to Christmas.
Last year over 2,000 people attended the Winchcombe Christmas Festival, which is becoming a firm family favourite in the Cotswold Christmas calendar, and the whole town is coming together to showcase what Winchcombe has to offer.
Stilt walker and balloon modeller Thomas Trilby will be on hand to entertain big and little kids alike, and there will be performances from 11 local groups at various times throughout the evening including Occasional Big Band, Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Winchcombe Handbells, Winchcombe Community Choir, Happenstance Morris Dancers, Isbourne Valley School Choir, Concert Brass, a Churches Together Nativity Scene, St Peter's Choir, and Winchcombe Methodist Choir. There will be plenty of Christmas carols sung to get everyone into the Christmas spirit!
Phil Parker, who is coordinating this year's festival, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has been working so hard to make this year's Christmas Festival such a fantastic community event.
"We're looking forward to a fabulous night full of joy and fun spent with family and friends, as that's what Christmas is all about."
Clare Hayton, a Winchcombe resident, said: "It's fantastic to see the town coming together to put on such a family-orientated Christmas celebration. We always enjoy the Christmas Festival as it's packed full of festive fun for everyone."
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