Hertford Christmas Gala programme and lights switch-on details confirmed

PUBLISHED: 14:33 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:57 27 October 2016

Santa's reindeer will be at the Hertford Christmas Gala

Santa's reindeer will be at the Hertford Christmas Gala

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Tasty treats, Christmas gifts and festive fayre will be on offer at two special events taking place in the county town next month.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be at the  Hertford Christmas GalaMickey and Minnie Mouse will be at the Hertford Christmas Gala

The annual Hertford Christmas Gala will take place on Friday, November 25 from 3.30pm to 8pm, followed the next day by the Think Christmas Think Hertford festivities.

Both Christmas events are organised by Hertford Town Council, and sponsored by Specsavers Hertford and Go Move.

The fun-filled festivities take place in Hertford town centre, and residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the county town and get into the Christmas spirit.

Councillor Jane Sartin, chairman of Hertford Town Council’s development & leisure committee, said: “These two events mark the start of the Christmas season in Hertford, and have become an important part of Hertford Town Council’s programme in the town centre.

Festive fun at the Hertford Christmas Gala will include Olaf from FrozenFestive fun at the Hertford Christmas Gala will include Olaf from Frozen

“We are particularly lucky to have a wealth of independent shops in Hertford, making it easier to find something a bit different when hunting for Christmas presents.

“The wide range of restaurants, pubs and bars also make the town the ideal place to celebrate Christmas and New Year.”

During the Christmas Gala visitors will be able to see Santa in his grotto, and meet his reindeer, who will be in Parliament Square, along with a friendly owl.

There will be street entertainers, including Olaf from Frozen, glow jugglers and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Fire juggling will be among the entertainment on stage at the Hertford Christmas GalaFire juggling will be among the entertainment on stage at the Hertford Christmas Gala

Christmas markets and food stalls will be located around the town centre, and children will be able to dress up and perform a living nativity scene provided by Hertford Baptist Church.

An entertainment stage will be in Salisbury Square, where performances will take place from Simon Balle Big Band and Top Hat Stage School, along with fire juggling, singers and the countdown to the Christmas tree light switch on.

At 6.20pm, Hertford’s mayor, Councillor Linda Radford, will be presenting prizes to the winners of the Christmas Winning Windows competition for town centre businesses.

The mayor and Santa will then switch the Christmas tree lights on at 6.30pm.

Children will be able to dress up and perform in a Nativity scene at the Hertford Christmas GalaChildren will be able to dress up and perform in a Nativity scene at the Hertford Christmas Gala

Many of the town’s retailers will offer late-night shopping, including in-store discounts and promotions.

There will be free mulled mine, Christmas fizz, mince pies and treats at Hertford Interiors, and discounts and hot sausage rolls at Rigsby’s Guest House Art Gallery.

The festivities continue on Saturday, November 26 with Think Christmas Think Hertford from 10am to 4pm in the town centre.

Children will be able to get a free modelled balloon, enjoy circus skills and giant bubbles.

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Again, many retailers will be offering discounts, promotions and in-store entertainment throughout the day.

Highlights include cake demonstrations and free cake tasting at Sugarsmith from 11am, while Four Seasons Gifts are offering free mince pies and running a raffle to win a £50 gift voucher.

Attwaters Jamesons Hill Solicitors will offer free Prosecco and competitions from 11am to 3pm.

Leaf Café will offer 15 per cent off all books, and are running a Christmas Craft event where you can make and decorate your own Christmas decoration

Event sponsors Go Move said: “Since opening our doors in July 2016, we have loved being apart of the Hertford community.

“We’ve been blown away with the warm welcome we’ve received and wanted to show our appreciation. Therefore, we are honoured to sponsor the Hertford Christmas Gala.

“We look forward to sharing a hot coffee with you all soon.”

Specsavers Hertford store director Adam Lovatt said: ‘The team is thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s Christmas light switch-on.

“Every year the event causes a real buzz in the community and that’s something we want to be a part of.

“To help celebrate the occasion, we’ll be offering £5 sight tests from November 25 and throughout December, and will be giving away gift bags on the night.

“It’s sure to be a great event and we hope to see as many familiar faces there as possible.”

• Visit www.gohertford.co.uk/events/ to download the event programme.

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