25th of November, 2017
Festive tunes, seasonal smells and Christmas cheer will fill the streets of Malvern as the town officially begins the countdown to the big day.
Great Malvern’s Christmas Festival returns for 2017 on Saturday 25 November, and promises a festive day out for all the family. An array of entertainment will be on offer at various locations around the town centre from 10am, leading up to the big switch on of the town’s Christmas lights at 6pm.
There will be a series of musical performances throughout the day including Malvern St James Choir, Malvern Rock Choir and Malvern Chase Brass Band on the Belle Vue Island stage. Presenters from BBC Hereford and Worcester radio will also be there to join in the fun.
There will be a number of activities taking place around the town centre including a stilt walker, performance by the Appleyard Dancers and vintage car display. Fat Santa will also be wandering around meeting and greeting with a wave and a hearty ho ho ho!
But if it’s the real thing you're after, head over to Malvern Library on Graham Road where Father Christmas will be in his grotto taking present requests from all the good boys and girls. There will also be Victorian rides, a bouncy castle, face painting and music from Malvern Area Music String Orchestra and Malvern Area Music Concert Band.
More fun activities will be on offer for young ones in Great Malvern Priory Church while outside in the abbey grounds there will be the chance to sample some mouthwatering morsels and pick up a gift or two at the Artisan Food, Arts and craft market. There will be more bargains to be had at the market at Malvern Cube, taking place from 10am.
The highlight of the event comes as darkness falls and the traditional lantern parade takes place through the streets of the town centre leading to the switching on of the Christmas lights at 6pm.
This year the honour of flicking the switch goes to the stars of Malvern Theatre’s pantomime Cinderella. Alison Hammond, of Big Brother and This Morning fame, is playing the Fairy Godmother in this year’s spectacular which runs from 14 December 2017 to 7 January 2018. Gemma Naylor, from Nickelodeon Junior’s Go! Go! Go! stars as Cinderella, Paul Hawkyard from Cbeebies’ Old Jack’s Boat plays Baron Hardup and comedy star Mark James is Buttons.
GREAT MALVERN PRIORY MUSICAL SCHEDULE:
12.00 BoJo (piano/violin)
13.00 Tony Dean and Christine Wells (piano/clarinet)
14.00 Tim Cranmore and friend (Baroque)
16.00 Malvern Singers