CHRISTMAS will officially arrive in Malvern when the town’s lights are switched on this weekend.
They will be turned on at Belle Vue Terrace at 5pm on Saturday (November 30) by Sue Holderness best known as Marlene Boyce in Only Fools and Horses and Olivia Birchenough from television’s Milkshake.
The pair are also set to star in Snow White and Seven Dwarves, this year’s pantomime which will entertain Malvern Theatres audiences from December 12.
The parade leading the duo up Church Street from 4.15pm will be headed by Fat Santa, Mr Dandy Doo, Drumlove, Dance in Motion as well scores of primary school youngsters carrying hand made lanterns.
There will also be plenty of activities and entertainment on offer throughout the day in the town.
Circus performers and street acts will be weaving their way through crowds, while visitors enjoy market stalls in Priory Church and Abbey Road from 10.30am.
There will also be a special Saturday Country Market at the Lyttleton Rooms between 11am and 4pm.
Events and attractions are also being held at Great Malvern Library including a Victorian inspired ride, bouncy castle, candy floss stall, live music, Christmas grotto and dance workshops.
Vintage cars will be on display on Church Street and there will be carol singing in Belle Vue Island before the light switch on.
The Priory Church will also be providing entertainment including the Inn Keeper’s Story, live music and a carol service at 5.15pm.
Visit www.christmasinmalvern.co.uk for a full list of events.
LIGHTS and late night shopping will be on offer in Ledbury as the town celebrates Christmas.
The town’s festive lights are set to be switched on at 4.30pm on Saturday (November 30) followed by shopping until 8pm. Shops will then be open until 8pm on the following three Thursdays through December with free parking on Saturday, December 21.
A spokeswoman for Ledbury Traders Association said: “We will be offering mulled cider at the Three Counties Cider Shop on all those dates, together with a range of tastings of locally-produced goodies at the weekends between now and Christmas, and will also be preparing some recipes from the recently launched Made In Herefordshire cookbook for customers to taste.”
THE CHASE Association, the PTA of The Chase Secondary School, will be holding its annual Christmas Fair in the school hall on Friday, December 6.
Taking place between 6pm to 8pm, the free event will feature festive stalls, a bottle tombola, chocolate stall, games and toys, CDs, DVDs, cakes and more, as well as Santa in his Grotto, a raffle with exciting prizes and refreshments.