Here is the timetable for Saturday November 27th, the big day that really is the start of the Christmas season in Trowbridge . . . The event will be shorter than in previous years, but the Town Council hopes it will be a great community event! There is lots of excitement about the Lantern Parade, with hundreds of environmentally-themed lanterns already committed. There will be musical entertainment on the bandstand throughout the day and Jennings Funfair will also be in the park with a small selection of attractions. The Civic will be hosting its Christmas Craft Fair on the same day between 10am and 5pm (this also takes place on Sunday 28th between 10am and 4pm). You’ll also be able purchase mulled wine and cider from The Civic’s bar and there will be delicious food and drink from a number of street food vendors. The Military Wives Choir will be entertaining the crowds with Christmas songs and carols to sing along to! Also, the charming Sensory Garden at the rear of the Town Hall will be open to the public to enjoy its annual seasonal display of over 400 tealights, lanterns and fairy lights – passers-by are welcome to drop in any time throughout the day.

5pm – The Lantern Parade accompanied by Jamma de Samba and Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Denise Bates, will leave St James’ Church and will lead the parade through the town centre (Fore Street – Market Street – Park Road – around Town Park)

5.30pm (approx.) – The Lantern Parade will assemble in the upper park

5.35pm – The Mayor will give a short speech from the bandstand and begin the countdown to the Christmas Lights Switch-On

5.40pm – Fireworks will be set off from the lower part of the park

5.45pm – ‘Song for Trowbridge’ to be performed live.

(Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, those attending are advised to wear a face covering if possible, and to observe social distancing measures.)