Chudleigh celebrates Annual Christmas Lights Procession and Christmas Fayre

Chudleigh celebrates Annual Christmas Lights Procession and Christmas Fayre on 6th Dec 2018
The Christmas Fayre is a partnership between Chudfest and other local organisations, particularly the Chudleigh Carnival. The Carnival Queen and her attendants will walk with Santa to lead the Christmas Lantern procession from St Martin & St Mary Parish Church and join in with the big  countdown for the switch-on of the  town Christmas lights. The Fayre will feature the 2018 Carnival Float which has been given a Christmas make-over. The float and the Royalty will be positioned outside The Ship pub. Everyone is encouraged to visit the float and see this years winning theme of “SCHOOL OF ROCK” with music  that was performed during Carnival plus a selection of seasonal tunes.
Committee member Annie Holman said:
“We will have application forms on the float for 2019 Royalty and want to see lots of applications returned. I want to thank all of the supporters and Friends of the Carnival, without whom we could not put together a carnival week”. Annie is also extending an invitation to anyone who would like to join the Carnival Committee AGM at 7.30pm on January 31st 2019 at Chudleigh Town Hall.
After the Royalty we have six local soloists who will entertain with Christmas Tunes aboard the float.
We begin this years procession with an indoor seated mini concert of music and song provided by the KS2 children of Chudleigh Primary and our talented singers, Choir and Orchestra. Warmth and great acoustics in the Church promise it to be a lovely start to the evening that still offers the Lantern Procession from the Church Tree up to the War Memorial, the lighting of the town and late night opening and outside stalls selling wonderful goodies. Don’t forget our Christmas Fayre, with a fabulous selection of stalls in the Town Hall, Woodway Room, School Room and Youth Centre. Santa will be in the care of his Elves at the Grotto in the Youth Centre with a gift for every visitor and then pop into the library to hear the Shanty Men and Tena Ladies serenade you in their inimitable style!
Look out for dancing from Girls Allowed Out in the Phoenix and the handbell ringers in the Woodway Room.
The Chudfest stall at the Town Hall will be selling the final  pound a pop envelopes for the big draw on the Friday. You can enter now at shops in the High Street displaying a blue box. You can also enter the grand draw to win a Delux Winter Duvet and other prizes at our stall on the night and also from Gemma in Dandelion up to the end of the night .
Food, atmosphere music and shopping and lights to light the way. It’s what the Summer Spectacular is all about and we look forward to seeing you there on the night!
Bring your lanterns if you have them and a Festive Dog or two are always welcome at the Procession. You can enter them into the Festive Dogs Competition at Fido Sassoon at 6:30pm once the carolling around the main tree  is sung!
Enjoy the evening – stay safe & warm
A very Jolly Christmas to Chudleigh
Chief Elf
Timetable of Events:
5.15pm Parish Church – Orchestral music and choir from KS2 Chudleigh Primary School plus soloists singing seasonal tunes OPEN TO ALL
6.00pm – Church Christmas Tree Countdown to Lights switch on
followed by procession to war memorial Christmas Tree
6.10pm ( approx) Carols accompanied by orchestra
Late Night opening of Local Shops
Santa’s Grotto and Stalls in the Youth Centre from 6.30pm
Tena Ladies and Shanty Men singers in the Library
Soloists Christmas Songs on the Carnival Float from 7.15pm
A road closure will be in place from 6pm to 8pm.

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