The countdown to Christmas begins as Andover Christmas festival approaches!
Andover Christmas Festival is fast approaching, with the family friendly event set to kick-start the festive season in Andover this year.
Taking place on Friday 25 November, 3pm until 8pm, the town centre will be packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. The free event has been organised in partnership with Test Valley Borough Council, InAndover from Andover BID and Andover town council.
A pop-up Christmas market will be taking place in Bridge Street, packed with a variety of stalls. Local traders will be selling their unique and handmade gifts and street food will be on offer as well as warming hot chocolate and spiced mulled wine.
Live music will create a wonderfully festive atmosphere as local musicians, choirs, schools and other organisations are set to perform. A large stage will be placed in the High Street opposite the Guildhall and a special acoustic stage will be situated in Riverside Park near to Wilkos. Both will host a series of performers throughout the afternoon and evening.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a series of light shows across the town and celebrate the official Christmas Lights switch on at 6:30pm. There will also be free face painting for children, fairground rides and traditional game stalls for everyone to enjoy.
The Chantry Centre will be offering a picture-perfect photo opportunity as a giant snow globe will be taking centre stage in the indoor garden area.
Father Christmas will also be flying into the centre to open his Grotto for the first time this year and meet families during the evening. He will then return the following day and on select dates in the lead-up to Christmas. Tickets will be available to purchase on the door and all dates and times can be found at: thechantrycentre.com
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Phil North, said: “Next week’s Christmas Festival will be a fantastic event and a great way for us all to celebrate the festive season.
“There will be plenty on offer from the Grotto and games to markets and music. This will be a different event to the one we have held previously in the town, but there will be a lot of variety and something for everyone to come along and enjoy.”
More information can be found at: https://bit.ly/AndoverChristmasFestival