Wellington’s festive season starts in South St on Saturday with a visit from Elsa. The road will be closed all day for a Christmas-themed Street Fair, as well as an official switch-on of lights by the individual shops taking part.
Wellington Independent Traders Association, which comprises the majority of shop owners in our town, has organised the day in conjunction with the Carnival committee.
Spokesman Sally Hooper commented “We are really looking forward to improving the atmosphere with regard to the Christmas festivities this year. For South Street, there will be a stage outside Teare’s Newsagents, and music will be provided throughout the day until the event culminates with our Christmas lights switch on by all the businesses taking part at 430pm.
“Throughout the day, we will have available our very own “Elsa” who will mingle with the crowds in the town centre, and we are hoping to encourage as many Elsas, Annas, Olafs, Kristoffs, and any other of the characters from the Disney film Frozen to join us around 4pm for a special rendition of “Let it Go”.
“There will also be an early appearance from Father Christmas in his Carnival Sleigh, accompanied by our very own Wellington Majorettes who will provide a Christmas display.”
As well as everything going on in South Street there will be Wellington Town band performing in Lancer Court at 3pm, followed by carol singers at 330pm. Odette’s Tea Room will also have an Elsa themed garden (and provide base for our very own Elsa for the day), and there will also be a cart outside the shop serving hot chestnuts, mince pies and Christmas Pudding and clotted cream as well as hot chocolate.
Throughout the town most of the shop windows will be decorated in the theme of a carol or Christmas song, and there will be a competition to guess which song or carol is in which window with a prize for family tickets to see Wellington Pantomime. Music will be provided at Perry’s Hardware throughout the day. All shops in the town centre will be adorned with Christmas ribbons, and a light switch on of windows at 4.30pm.
Also, The Hair Lounge will be offering free hair ups or braids for under 10’s until 4pm, and there will be hair feathers available to purchase. There will be a “Frozen grotto in Odette’s Garden, £2.50 to come in and see Elsa in the grotto, or £5 for a photograph to be posted to home in a personalised Christmas card. Also available in Odettes will be Christmas Cake, Austrian Stollen, mince pies (all warm and served with clotted cream), hand made praline and roast chestnuts.
10.30am. Father Christmas accompanied by Wellington Majorettes 11.15am. Alice and James 11.45. Finn Askew 12.30. Tobias and Ryan 1.05pm. Esme Dickens 1.35pm. Red Room Raccoons 2.05pm. Courtfields School 2.40pm. Barry James 3.15pm. Boogie Woogie Christmas Time 3.30pm. Hundred Faces 4.10pm. Wellesley Park School Choir 4.20pm. Heatwave Samba 4.30pm. Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and the mass voices of Wellington Community Let It Go Choir