Santa and his Reindeer to visit Hertford Christmas Gala
Posted on 03/11/2014
Hertford residents and visitors will be able to meet Santa and his Reindeer at the town’s Christmas Gala to be held in the town centre on Friday 28th November 2014 between 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm.
Santa will arrive at his grotto in the town centre accompanied by his Reindeer at 4.30pm. His Reindeer will then be stabled in Parliament Square until 8pm. Visitors to the town centre will be able to enjoy a variety of seasonal entertainment, Carol signing, Fun Fair rides, a Festive Market, late night shopping, the switching on of the Christmas Lights with live music performances from local schools and bands.
Hertford Baptist Church will be performing the Living Naivety with a real donkey. Young children will be able to dress up and have their pictures taken by Photography by Louise and obtain a free copy of the photo from the Kodak store inRailway Street.
Four half hour long “bite sized” Ghost Walks alongFore Streetwill be run on the hour between 4pm and 7pm starting outside Marks and Spencers. Tickets £2 per person must be purchased in advance from the Town and Tourist Information Centre 10 Market Place, Hertford or Tel 01992 584322.
Live music and entertainment will be on a stage inSalisbury Squarefrom 4.30 p.m and there will be a variety of street entertainment including costume characters around the town. The Hertford Baptist Church Mens Choir will kick off the entertainment at 4.30pm with Christmas Carols. The Simon Balle Big Band will be on stage from 5pm to help everybody get in the festive spirit.
There will be a Festive Food andCraft streetmarket in Market Place between 3.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m and many shops in Hertford Town Centre will stay open late.
Around 6 pm Mayor of Hertford, Councillor Chantal Geall, will be presenting the trophy to the winner of the Hertford’s Cheerful Trader competition and prizes to the winners of the annual shop Winning Windows competition which include vouchers from Photography by Louise, pantomime tickets from Hertford Theatre and a hamper of soaps from the Luxury Soap Shop.
The town’s Christmas Lights, including new cross street displays inRailway Street, will be switched on at 6.30 p.m by the Mayor.
Hertford Museum will be open until 8pm as part of the Christmas Gala. Amongst other things you will be able to meet Santa, enjoy Carol Singing, take part in simple sparkly crafts and listen to a Christmas story.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Councillor Isabel Sigmac, said: “The Gala aims to get local people and visitors into the festive mood at the start of the most important time of the year for town centre businesses. Hertford has a lot to offer – individual and specialist shops, history and award winning food and drink outlets. People should keep up to date on what is happening with town centre businesses on the Gala and the Think Christmas Think Hertford day on the 6th December (which is national Small Business Saturday) by visiting the news and events pages on the wwwgohertford.co.uk website.”