Newbury celebrates with a day-long festival before the official lights go on
Newbury will light up for the start of the Christmas festivities this weekend.
The annual Christmas lights are extended to a one-day festival on Saturday, November 20, featuring over 20 free workshops and additional entertainment for the first time this year.
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy a full program of free festive activities at select venues in the city center. And then from 5 p.m., live shows and performances will occupy a screened stage in the market square before the long-awaited Christmas lights turn on.
The sisters of the Frozen Ice Queen will be on stage to “let go” after the power up and live music and performances will continue until 9pm.
Newbury BID, the nonprofit behind the Visit Newbury brand, believes the day’s free family activities program, including cookie decorating, Christmas wreath making, dating and l The welcoming of the characters and the ephemeral choirs, will help to improve the atmosphere of Newbury’s. festive offer more than ever.
Newbury City Council will also be offering tours of the City Council Building throughout the day.
Newbury BID Director of Operations Alison Drummond said: “Our Christmas Lights Festival should be the best Newbury has ever had and is another event we are hosting as part of an increased festive offering. for Newbury this year.
“We are delighted to organize this one day event for local residents to enjoy and we encourage everyone to take full advantage of the shops and restaurants in town which will be open for business ready for you to continue. the festive pleasure in store on the day.
“We are very grateful to all of the organizations that provide their services to help create a truly special and busy day in Newbury and we would like to warmly thank the companies who are donating their place on this day.”
The festive merriment will also continue into the next month, when Newbury’s first Victorian Christmas Fayre comes to town. It will feature a wide array of market stalls with traders dressed head to toe in typical Victorian attire, alongside Victorian-themed touring performers, a Victorian carousel, live music and entertainment and, well sure, Santa Claus.
The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday December 3 and 4, with an early arrival time of 5 p.m. on the last day of the event on Sunday.
n Other towns in West Berkshire will be turning on their lights in the coming weeks.
The lights of Hungerford will be on from 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 28 – at Town Hall – with the annual Victorian extravagance and fireworks returning on Friday, December 10. For details, see page 30.
The following weekend, Thatcham will be lit up from 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at Broadway.
Hundreds of Santas will then rush through the city in the Thatcham Rotary Great Santa Fun Run on Sunday, December 5, with a Christmas market at Thatcham Memorial Hall on the same day. For details, see page 32.
Events throughout the day will include:
- Panto Family Workshop at Newbury Town Hall
- Santa’s Cave at Parkway
- Festive papercraft and decopatch workshops at the Globe garden
- Family Christmas carol workshop at Hogan Music
- Alternative kitsch Christmas wreath at The Dolphin pub
- Christmas tree decoration workshop at Le Vilain Petit Canard
- Christmas cupcake and cookie decorating with Colline’s Kitchen at Waterside Center
- Christmas Bath Bomb Painting at House of Bubbles, Kennet Shopping
- Create your own Christmas card workshop at The Works, Kennet Shopping
- The Great Cider Mull Off with local cider growers at The Catherine Wheel
- The Great British Beer Off contest at The Spare Wheel
- Jewelry Making Workshop in Kreationz, Kennet Shopping
- Try the High Activity Score Machine in the Marketplace
- Try the fitness classes at bstFitness – free entry all day to the gym, sauna and swimming pool
- Try Mario Kart Best Lap Competition at CEX, Kennet Shopping
- Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt at Bas’n’Books, Kennet Shopping
- Christmas Coloring Contest at Boswell’s, Kennet Shopping
- Name the cuddly puppy contest at Hallmark, Kennet Shopping
- Meet the Grinch and a Frozen Princess at Barry Forkin-Toomers between 3pm and 4:30 pm