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Dreaming of a white witch Christmas
NOT to sound like we’re about to tell a bad joke, but what do you get if you cross a 16ft White Witch and her troupe of goblins - and a jolly red Santa and his elves?
You get 1.5 hours of mind boggling, supernatural, performance art mischief.
Never one to do something by halves, Cheltenham really went all out with it’s annual Christmas lights display with a fully fledged battle between a Statue of Liberty-esque Snow Queen and Father Christmas and his toy-making elves.
The story was created around the children’s classic The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis.
The town was abuzz with people who came to see the age old battle take place.
In an impressive feat that must have scared John Lewis customers right out of their seats, the Snow Queen pulled up right outside the doors and stared menacingly through the window paynes.
In a very Christmassy pantomime feel Cheltonians everywhere banded together to boo the Wicked Witch and her little minions, but it was too late.
They had gone, slowly dragging Father Christmas back up to Imperial Square Gardens for the final showdown.
As well as all of the drama unfolding in this dance off between to fantasy heavyweights, the town centre was getting fully into the festivities too.
Along with colorful lights, a fantastic flash mob of dancers were getting their groove on in the spirit of Christmas outside Marks & Spencer.
The parade was supported by local groups such as those involved in the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime.
The Bacon Theatre performance is taking place between January 17 and 20, one week after the Aladdin performances at The Everyman finish.
The happy characters from Snow White were out in force taking selfies with families and handing out leaflets ready for their performance in 2019.
Aladdin runs from November 30 until January 13.
The performers had carried the parade from Imperial Gardens, to Montpellier, then down the Promenade before coming along High Street to The Brewery Quarter and Cambray Place, before heading back to Imperial Gardens through Boots Corner.
The event was organised by Organised by Cheltenham BID and Evenlode Productions. zasha.whitewaywilkin[email protected]plc.com
The Christmas lights were switched on in Cheltenham last weekend Pictures: Mikal Ludlow Photography