Wander through Northampton’s Winter Wonderland this Christmas
Take an enchanted walk through a town centre Winter Wonderland as we celebrate Christmas in Northampton this November and December.
The festivities begin on Saturday, 24 November 2018 on the Market Square as we illuminate the town during the annual Christmas lights switch-on. Heart FM kick celebrations off at 2pm, with fun musical performances from the casts of Royal & Derngate’s Peter Pan and the Worst Witch, The Deco’s Cinderella and the Looking Glass Theatre’s Jack and the beanstalk pantomimes.
For an extra special treat in the run up the lights switch-on, Northampton Town Centre BID have arranged for Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol to make personal appearances in Market Walk Shopping Centre at intervals between 12pm and 4pm.
See the heroic pups again as they join the winners of Northampton Leisure Trust Sport Awards on stage as we count down to the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm. Members of Northampton Swimming Club, winners of the Community Team of the Year Award 2018, will have the honour of switching on the lights this year.
A schedule of music on the market is planned to add a seasonal soundtrack to each Saturday in the lead up to Christmas, from 1 December. With local choirs and bands singing your favourite festive choirs and pop tunes between 11am and 4pm.
The popular Frost Fair and Christmas Parade will continue festivities on Sunday, 2 December. Stalls offering unique gifts, handmade decorations and festive food and drink will open on the Market Square at 11am. Along with a fun creative workshop, that will help to keep littles ones entertained during your busy Christmas shopping trip. Children can choose to make one of two different mystical animal headdresses, to take home or wear during the Christmas parade.
Santa and his sleigh will follow a parade of arctic animals as they wind around the town centre streets to the Market Square. Starting at The Deco theatre at 1pm, local school children and members of the public will join the parade as it makes its way down Abington Street and around the Market Square.
Back by popular demand, the icy Igloo Cinema opened its doors again on the 1st floor of the Grosvenor Centre on 2 December. Families can enjoy a well needed break from their Christmas shopping as they spend some quality family time, enjoying one of two family favourite films in a dome cinema.
Screenings of Frozen and The Smurfs Christmas Carol will be held at regular intervals each day between 10am and 4pm, right up until 22 December.
Tickets to the icy Igloo Cinema are free however pre-booking is recommended at thedeco.co.uk/event/igloo-cinema
Abington Park Museum will also be offering a range of events and workshops during the festive period. These include a two-day Christmas Fair on 24 and 25 November, a Victorian Christmas celebration on 1 December, a Festive Willow Workshop on 8 December and a one man play of Oliver Twist on 9 December.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Every Christmas we work with partners to provide a jammed packed itinerary of family-fun activities in the town and this year is no exception!
“From lively entertainment and delicious food and drink, family events, shows and creative workshops - there’s something for everyone. This includes the return of the Igloo cinema, which was received so well, we couldn’t not include it as part of our plans again this year.
“We hope to see lots of families and friends heading into the town centre to enjoy the events and entertainment, which all kick off with our fantastic switch-on.”
For a full rundown of the festive events and activities, visit christmasinnorthampton.co.uk or search #CelebrateNorthampton on Twitter and Facebook.