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Get festive at Christmas markets and events across Surrey & Hampshire

With just over six weeks to go, Christmas is just around the corner. There are plenty of local Christmas markets and events to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas at The Meads on Saturday 12th November

Farnborough is one of the first to kick off its Christmas festivities on Saturday 12th November. Local X Factor stars Reggie ‘N’ Bollie will be switching on the Christmas lights as part of an afternoon of free family fun and activities from midday to 4pm. Santa and his elves will also be making a special appearance.

A second Farnborough event sees Father Christmas himself arrive at the Princes Mead shopping centre to switch on the festive lights at 4.30pm on Saturday 26 November. Joining Santa will be the stars of the Princes Hall’s panto, Sleeping Beauty, plus there will be free children’s entertainment all day. There will be a free Santa’s grotto at the shopping centre every weekend from Sunday 27 November to Christmas, from 11am to 3.30pm.

Winchester Christmas market celebrates its 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Winchester Christmas Market. It is now recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding the real ice rink. For the first time the Ice Rink will have a clear roof offering the benefit of a rain-free skate. The Market will be running from Friday 18th November to Tuesday 20th December. It will be open every day, from 10am-6pm on Sundays-Wednesdays and 10am-7.30pm on Thursdays-Saturdays.

From snowglobes to reindeer rodeo

Fleet Christmas Festival takes place on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 3-9pm. This year there will be three stages packed with live music and entertainment. Over 90 Christmas market stalls, free children’s crafts, community stalls, children’s rides, donkeys, a winter Pimms and beer tent and more will entertain adults and children alike. The beautiful Giant snowglobe sold out quickly last year so book now to see which time slots are available. This year you can even try your hand at riding Rudolph the Rodeo Reindeer.

The first ever Aldershot Christmas Festival begins on Saturday 3rd December

The Aldershot Community Christmas Festival will take place in Princes Gardens from Saturday 3rd December till Christmas Eve. Attractions include an open air skating rink (no need to book, prices start from just £3 for a 30-minute skate, including skate hire), spinning teacup rides, mini train rides and wooden huts offering festive food, gifts and refreshments. In addition there will be a free outdoor service of carols and readings on Saturday 17th December in the Bandstand.

These are just some of the activities in our local area.  Check your local websites and listings for more opportunities to get in the Christmas spirit.

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