Hertford Christmas Gala
Posted on 26/11/2018
Hertford enjoyed a festive weekend to begin the Christmas season, with the annual ‘Hertford Christmas Gala’ taking place on Friday 23rd November, and the ‘Think Christmas Think Hertford’ shopping event the following day. Both events are organised by Hertford Town Council and were sponsored by Specsavers Hertford, Wrenbridge (Bircherley Green Shopping Centre redevelopers) and Duffield Harrison Solicitors.
Disney Characters including Micky and Minnie Mouse greeted visitors, festive craft, food stalls and fairground rides took over the town centre streets, whilst Santa met over 200 children in his grottos at Mudlarks Garden Café and Hertford Museum. Santa also made it up on stage to help the Mayor with the Christmas lights switch on.
The main stage arena was located in Salisbury Square, with entertainment from the Simon Balle Big Band, Stage Coach Hertford, Make Believe, All that Soul and Cassana Dance Academy.
The Mayor of Hertford awarded the trophy for the annual Winning Windows Competition to Cinnabar in Fore Street, who were thrilled at being named the 2018 winner. Second prize went to Go Move located on the Wash and Hertford Hair in Fore Street secured third prize.
On Saturday, over 40 local businesses put on free tastings, promotions and special offers for the town’s ‘Think Christmas Think Hertford’ event, encouraging residents to shop locally this Christmas.
The weekly Charter Market took place with a few festive additions, and there were activities for children including free balloon twisting, magic shows and arts and craft activities with CHIPS charity.
The fun continued with the “Elf Escape!” trail running in various locations throughout the town. This continues until 22nd December, and trail sheets can be collected from the Town and Tourist Information Centre, opposite Hertford Theatre.
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development & Leisure Committee, Councillor Jane Sartin, said: “It was good to see the town so busy on Friday evening, and throughout Saturday. I hope the events served to remind people of the wealth of shops, restaurants and services we have in Hertford, and they will come back in the run-up to Christmas. The success of the events grows year-on-year, in part due to the growing participation of shops and local groups. Particular thanks to the event sponsors.”