Res­i­dents cel­e­brate Christ­mas in Val­ley

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

IT’S be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas in the Der­went Val­ley as res­i­dents gear up for a sock-full of fes­tive events this month.

Pa­rades, car­ols, mar­kets, and of course the man him­self, Santa, will hit the streets of New Norfolk from this week­end as Christ­mas Day fast ap­proaches.

This Satur­day the an­nual New Norfolk Christ­mas Pa­rade will send cheer through an ex­pected crowd of thou­sands, with 30 floats set to go down High St.

Also on Satur­day is this year’s Ro­tary Christ­mas Fair which will see 50 stalls de­liver fes­tive foods and bric-abrac at Arthur Square.

“It’s a real fam­ily day out and a big fundraiser for Ro­tary which sends pro­ceeds back into the com­mu­nity for a num­ber of projects,” or­gan­iser of both events Casey Far­rell said.

“The day will have a big com­mu­nity focus and will at­tract peo­ple from far and wide. Satur­day also in­cludes a lot of free ac­tiv­i­ties which al­lows all fam­i­lies to come out for a fun time.”

The an­nual Li­ons Club Car­ols in the Park will be held at Tyn­wald Park on De­cem­ber 14.

The event will in­clude the Sands Fam­ily Cir­cus, face paint­ing, an an­i­mal nurs­ery and a jump­ing cas­tle.

Spe­cial per­for­mances will be held by St Brigids School Choir and clas­si­cal singer Grace Ovens, who will lead the car­ols.

A spe­cial Christ­mas Banjo’s High St Mar­ket will be held on De­cem­ber 22. Crowned the Mary Lit­tle Mar­ket, the event will show­case all the usual trim­mings of the Satur­day mar­ket with an added Christ­mas flavour.

Satur­day’s Christ­mas Pa­rade runs from 12-1pm, with the Christ­mas Fair on from 10am-3pm.

Next week’s car­ols at Tyn­wald Park be­gin at 8pm, with chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties start­ing from 6pm.

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