Shaftesbury’s Christmas late night spectacular on MONDAY 4th of December will see (and hear) the town raising the spirits with a huge sing-along.
The massed community and local schools’ choir will join together in a chorus of around 200 to kick off the festive season.
Santa’s grotto will be inside the town hall and there will be street food, children’s fairground rides and traction engines on show throughout night.
At around 6pm the Town Band will march from the football club introducing Father (and Mother) Christmas accompanied by the Nutcracker and Sugarplum Fairy.
When Santa is safely in his grotto the massed choir will ring out with a carefully practised festive song before the lights are turned on. They will then continue with a number of well-loved carols and songs such as “Ding Dong Merrily on High”, so everyone can join in.
Throughout the festive evening shops will be open offering lots of seasonal spirit, some of it mulled!
Our Chair, David Perry, says, “For the past few years we have had a celebrity to turn the lights on. Although this pulled in big crowds we were beginning to lose the true community spirit. We are now returning to the original idea of a late night shopping event where local traders can give something back to their customers. On the night participating retailers will be giving shoppers a 10% off voucher which can be redeemed in the New Year.”
The seasonal festivities continue on SUNDAY 17th December with the Christmas Market filling the town. With around 100 stalls selling high quality crafts, food and drink this will be one of the biggest Christmas street markets in the county.
During the day Churches Together will be performing their annual nativity play.