Saffron Walden Wonderland for Christmas season coming soon

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2016

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Christmas festivities called Walden's Winter Wonderland will start in Saffron Walden on Friday, December 2 with the Christmas lights switch on, late night shopping until 8.30pm, a Christmas market from 8.30am to 8.30pm and, new this year, Santa's Grotto in the town hall run by Saffron Walden Round Table.

The grotto will be open from 4.30pm until 8.30pm and then again on Saturday, December 3 from 10am to 4.30pm. TAlso new this year, there will be a 25ft Christmas tree in Market Square. It is hoped that the colour and bright lights of this will compensate for not being able to hang lights across the square because of scaffolding in the town, so that the lights cannot be attached to the town hall or the library.

Entertainment for the Friday events has been arranged by the Saffron Walden Initiative singing, dancing, juggling and stilt walking during the afternoon and evening throughout the town centre.

The festivities will continue on Saturday, December 3. There will be the usual, large market in town as well as a craft fayre in the town hall, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, selling unusual and antique Christmas gifts.

Town Clerk, Lisa Courtney said: “The plans for Christmas actually started back in May in the middle of a heatwave, as a number of groups and organisations came together in the preparations.”

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 6pm. he charge for Santa’s Grotto will be £5 per child. Visits can be pre-booked at http://swrt.org/grotto/.

Walden’s Winter Wonderland has been organised and sponsored by organisations including Saffron Walden Town Council, Saffron Walden Round Table, Saffron Hall and Saffron Walden Choral Society.

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