Christmas Lights on in Lymington Friday 28 November - Review

Christmas lights switch on in Lymington Friday 28 November

Review of the Event!

What a wonderful start to Christmas in Lymington !

Santa arrived to the delight of hundreds of children – both big and little (actually estimated to be in the 1000s). 

The Mayor had the privilege of switching the Christmas lights on to the joy and delight of all.  St Thomas Church with its magnificent stained glass windows lit up was a majestic back drop to the huge Christmas tree and blessing of the Town Crib.  (There are lovely happy and excited photos on Facebook and other digital media as witness to the occasion.)

The Christmas tree festival in United Reformed Church created a buzz of anticipation, with the huge tree donated by some members of the Community standing proudly in the front of the Church. christmas-lights-on-28nov-angel-courtyard.png - 468.17 kb

It seemed that every store was open, some even offering their own complimentary mulled wine and mince pies – adding to the delight of shoppers.  There may have been 30 market stalls in the High Street, ranging from Christmas light up wands and headgear to hog roast, delicious homemade sweets to specially crafted Christmas gifts; mulled wine to candy floss; children’s entertainment and many different choral groups singing at different venues up and down the High Street, some in the Angel or Henderson courtyards, some outside the Catholic Church.

Mataata was making his famous curry goat and other Caribbean dishes outside Stanwells Hotel, with the assistance of their electricity.  Elmers Court was entertaining the public with their roulette wheel and the Garlic Factory was keeping the evil spirits away from all of us.

The Masonic Hall was packed with artists and crafters, from photographers to florists, from candle makers to ceramics, from furniture to finely crafted jewellery.  It was delight to view all these wonderfully created items.

Thank you to all the organisers – Churches Together, the Lymington & Pennington Town Council, the Lymington & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry,  all the participants from so many different community bodies, schools, choirs, Churches and Clubs; the stores, pubs and hotels who all came together, who participated and to those who contributed so much in sponsorship – to put on this wonderful event.

May it go from strength to strength. We all look forward to seeing Santa in his wagon with his elves on his tour through Milford, Sway, Hordle, Lymington and in his grotto in Pennington. 

Merry Christmas to you all.

Review by Fran Perks, Blue Dog Art

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Santa arrives in his Sleigh, carol singing, free parking, late shopping 

On the evening of Friday 28th November the High Street will be closed to welcome the arrival of Santa, and to turn the lights on at the Christmas Tree at approximately 6pm.

 

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Santa arrives in his Sleigh 

Father Christmas will arrive in his Sleigh, to make his first Christmas appearance of 2014.

Father Christmas visits Lymington and District every year and uses the Rotary Club Sleigh to travel around. He is looked after by Rotary Elves who also carry collecting buckets raising money for local youth organisations - you can see a list of donations by clicking here. Please give generously 100% of what you give goes to good causes and if you sign a gift aid slip, the Rotary Club can claim another 28p for every £1 you give.

  

Free parking and late shopping in Lymington

The High Street will be closed to traffic from 3pm to make ready for all the fun.  There's free parking in the town's car parks, and many of the town’s shops will be open for late night shopping.

 

Lots of fun activities for all

There will also be lots of gift and craft stalls, and plenty to eat and drink for all appetites and tastes. Face painting by Santa's little helpers, Santa's post box, and lots of amusements and family entertainment.  father-christmas-santa-sleigh-lymington-rotary-elves.png - 447.36 kb

  

Carols on the Quay
and around the Crib at St Thomas Church 

Twenty five children from the Rising Star Academy will sing carols on the Quay at 5.15, then a procession will make its way up the hill (via Quay Street and Quay Hill),to join the action at St Thomas Church.

 

Carols around the Crib will begin at 5:45pm with the Lymington Choral Society in full song with Carols that everyone can sing along with and enjoy. The blessing of the Crib will then commence outside St Thomas Church. Lights will be switched on at 6pm.

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