Meet Santa for free
Meet Santa in his grotto in the Victoria Rooms from 6.45pm. Tickets will be given out on arrival. Downstairs in the hall, there will be a buggy park and activities for kids from TUFF.
Elves will be taking groups to the upper room. While you wait to get into the grotto, sponsored by Timothy's, there will be entertainment from Fordingbridge Players. Groups of children will be seen by Santa in his grotto and there will be a chance to have your photo taken. Refreshments from the Scouts will be available downstairs throughout the evening. Santa will be leaving his grotto to head back to the North Pole at 8.45.
Please note, there are a lot of stairs at the Victoria Rooms. If you have accessibility issues, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make arrangements.
Starting the festivities
Following a performance from Fordingbridge Infant and Junior School choir, Christmas in Fordingbridge will be officially opened by a local hero, nominated by the people of the town.
He or she will be introduced by Revd Canon Gary Philbrick who has reviewed the nominations and chosen the winner after his traditional Christmas address.
Window Trail Competition
This year sees the return of the Christmas window trail in town. Various shops will have a selection of Christmas characters in their windows from 30th November, along with festive baubles made by local schoolchildren.
Entry forms for the window competition will be available from Adrian Dowding, The Gourmet Grocer and Pampered Dogs.
Fordingbridge Events Group is being helped by New Life Community Church and Fordingbridge Infant and Junior Schools, where the pupils are busy making festive pom pom baubles. These will also be used as decorations on the main tree in the Market Square.
There will be a Christmas raffle running throughout November and December with a range of prizes from local businesses.
All proceeds from the raffle will be given to Fordingbridge Foodbank.