Celebrating a Victorian Christmas

Pictures Martin Bostock Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival. L-R Matthew Cotton, Jo Coleran and Mike Coleran.

Pictures Martin Bostock Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival. L-R Matthew Cotton, Jo Coleran and Mike Coleran.

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Garstang will again enjoy the magic of a historical Christmas and even a visit from the season’s special guest Father Christmas.

Crowds are expected to descend on the market town over two nights for the spectacular Victorian Festival, which this year welcomes a host of new attractions.

The annual family event, now in it’s 32nd year is a highlight on the festive calendar and welcomes new chairman Luke Pollard. Damian Carr has stepped down after 10 years in the role.

Luke said: “The Christmas & Victorian Festival is something which is so firmly on Garstang’s calendar that it is an real honour for me to now chair the group.

“It’s an event I remember coming to as a child with my parents and now my kids love coming to it too! Lets hope we can continue to evolve this amazing event so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

With street entertainers, late night shopping, Garstang Town Crier traditional Christmas fayre and of course Father Christmas there is something to tickle the fancy of all the family.

Committee spokesperson Jill Cross added: “Some of the old favourites are back, Calvos , Bread n Butter, Batala Drum Band, Red Rose Jazz Band, Pilling Brass Band, Punch and Judy, Morris men

“New for this year are The Winter Sprites laminated walk around talking puppets and Mobius loop a Dickensian Street Band, a visit from Alice in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter.”

Lots of local groups are also joining in the entertainment, Bell Ringers, Sword Dancers, Lady Cloggers, Carol Singers , bands and dance groups.”

Garstang Community Academy Jazz Band and local Dance Groups.

Barrel Organs and Victorian Fun fair.

Festival proceedings begin at 6pm on Monday December 7 and Tuesday 8, with a street parade from Garstang Arts Centre and Father Christmas opening his grotto outside the Kings Arms on the High Street. Throughout the evenings lots of exciting activities will be taking place across all the town centre, on the High Street, Bridge Street and Church Street, also Thomas’s Weind, Cherestanc Square and Clowns (Bridge Street) Car Park.

Shops and the Market Hall will be opening late on both evenings for Christmas purchases, Garstang Arts Centre will be open with activities and of course the ever popular street stalls will also be present on both evenings.

Garstang High Street is closed to traffic from 6pm to 9pm and people come from all around to enjoy a Christmas Festval evening.