Have a true Victorian Christmas

It's a wonderful time of the year: Carol singing at the Garstang Christmas Lights Switch On
It's a wonderful time of the year: Carol singing at the Garstang Christmas Lights Switch On

Garstang town centre is now shining brightly in the run up to Christmas.

The town saw its Christmas lights switch-on and blessing of the crib ceremony on Monday and the lights will twinkle away until early January.

The next big Christmas-linked attraction in the town will be the Victorian Festival, which always takes place over two nights in December.

It is always a huge crowd puller for the town centre – with thousands of people coming to sample a Victorian taste of Christmas.

The Victorian festival has now been running for more than 20 years.

Damian Carr, spokesman for Garstang Chamber of Trade, said: “It is always a wonderful, magical occasion which is enjoyed by the whole community.

“We would like to welcome the people of Garstang and district as well as further afield to join us for this great event.”

During the two nights of fun, feasting and shopping most of Garstang’s shops, cafes and businesses open until late.

It is also an opportunity for locals and visitors to don Victorian costumes...many do “dress up” and add colour to the affair.

Among the attractions open will be Garstang Arts Centre, one of the most pleasant places in town to pop into for a cuppa and a chat with friends old and new.

The town’s award-winning tourist information centre on Cherestanc Square will also be open.

There will be community stalls, food stands, a Punch and Judy show, a hog roast, a nativity scene, refreshment stands, juggling jesters and a carousel.

Listen out to for music...bands include the Calvos Men, the Balta Band and the Red Rose Jazz Band.

There is plenty of parking on both Windsor Road and High Street car parks.

The Victorian Festival is on in and around Garstang from 6pm to 9pm on both nights, December 10 and 1. It will start with a street parade from the Arts Centre, and Father Christmas opening his grotto outside the Kings Arms.

Other Christmas events in Garstang during December include a Christmas Tree festival at St Thomas’s church from December 6 to 15.

Garstang Floral Art Group’s meeting at the Arts Centre on Tuesday December 11 at 2pm will see a session on making Christmas table arrangements. Details from Mary Thornber on 01995 605210.

Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group will meet at the Arts Centre on Friday, December 14 from 2pm to 4pm, when members and visitors are encouraged to bring along their favourite festive poem or prose.

For details ring Marie Whalley on 01995 603605.