Tavistock Gets into the Christmas Spirit!

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By ExeCellent | Saturday, November 24, 2012, 01:18

CHRISTMAS COMES to Tavistock on Friday 30 November when Father Christmas arrives to help the Mayor and local school children switch on the town's festive lights as part of the annual Dickensian Evening. And this popular event promises to be even bigger and better this year, getting everyone into the mood for the forthcoming festivities...

The lights switch-on in Bedford Square at 6.00pm will mark the start of a fun-filled and atmospheric evening featuring steam engines and fairground rides, hot food and drink, street entertainers, music, Morris dancing – and of course Father Christmas and his sleigh. The town centre shops will be open until 9.00pm, with the shopkeepers dressed in period costume, and there will be more shopping opportunities at the traditional Christmas Fair in the Market and the Moor Fore Shore Craft Fair in the Town Hall. And don't forget to visit the beautiful Christmas Tree Festival in St Eustachius' Church. The evening will end with a Carol Service in Bedford Square at 8.45pm.

Father Christmas will be back for Late Night Christmas Shopping for the next three Fridays (7, 14 and 21 December), when the town centre will come alive again, with free face painting and rides for children, plus street entertainers and competitions. Shops will be open until 8.00pm, and as an extra bonus, there's free parking in Brook Street multistorey car park from 3.00pm and a free park and ride service from 5.00pm at Morrisons on Dickensian Evening and late night shopping evenings.

There's more family fun on offer at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lifton, on Saturday 8 December. The annual  Christmas Market day, held in conjunction with Children's Hospice South West, offers food and craft stalls for the grownups, Santa's Grotto for the children, plus vintage fairground rides for everyone! New for this year, and perfect as a pre-Christmas treat for the young (and young at heart), The Polar Express South at Dartmoor Railway is a magical experience inspired by the much-loved children's book and film The Polar Express. Pyjama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story and see their favourite characters come to life as they are whisked away aboard The Polar Express on a round trip to the North Pole, where they will meet Santa and receive a special gift!  During the journey, the Conductor will punch tickets and Chefs will serve hot chocolate. Passengers will also enjoy a sing song and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. For those who truly believe this Christmas…

Grownups looking for more sophisticated entertainment will find plenty to choose from in Tavistock during December. On Saturday 8, The Wharf presents its Joey the Lips Christmas Spectacular, with a barbecue and late-night bar. Featuring three vocalists, a driving rhythm section and a killer horn section, this popular soul band really love what they do, with an on-stage performance that is electric and infectious. There's no better way to start the party season! The following Saturday, 15 December, Browns Hotel will be hosting its Jingle Bell Jazz Christmas Party with a jazz trio providing music until midnight and a delightful three course meal prepared by its award-winning team of chefs. Some like it hot, but if you prefer a cool Yule, this is for you!

Finally, what would Christmas be without a good dose of tradition? If you're hankering for some seasonal nostalgia, then head to The Wharf on Wednesday 12 December, when Tavistock Musical Theatre Company present thier Christmas Cracker, an evening of traditional carols and readings. A great way to get in the mood for Christmas! And on Saturday 15 December, Tavistock Stannary Brass Band and Vocal Harem will be presenting a Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Tavistock Stroke Club at St Eustachius' Church – if you miss it, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch the band in action around the town in the run-up to Christmas, including a tour round the pubs on Wednesday 19 December. Cheers!

There's lots more happening in and around Tavistock throughout the festive season, so keep watching this space – and if you know of any events or have photos you'd like to share, do remember to post them here at Tavistock People!



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