New Milton Memorial Centre in Whitefield Road and the New Milton are holding the Town’s biggest ever Christmas Festival on Saturday 1st December from 11am until 5pm; says Alan Watson – Chair of the Festival Steering Group.
The Festival will kick off at 11am , after a brief introduction by the Mayor of New Milton, Councillor Neil Tungate, with The Military Wives Choir from Portsmouth. The Choir will sing tracks from the latest Album – “Military Wives – Stronger Together” as well as a number of well-known favourites.
Throughout the day there will be live entertainment from the Central Stage sponsored by Common Ground (New Forest Trust) and Balmer Lawn Motors Group as well as from a secondary Performance Area opposite Costa Coffee in Station Road, Amongst the performers will be the huge local Crescendi Choir, the New Forest Dixieland Band, the young Off-Beat Groove Choir, Soul Baby and Zaq Dixon – Beat Boxer with Steve Biddle and Groovemeister. Amongst the other performers will be the Friendly Dog Club Morris Dancers – a canine version!
One of the highlights of the day will be at 12 Noon, when we will see the return of a Christmas Festival Parade, which this year will have a central theme of the pantomime “Aladdin”. Sponsored by Comojo, the Gift Shop in Barton on Sea, the Parade will feature over 30 characters from the cast of Aladdin which is being performed in January at the Memorial Centre by The New Forest Players. The Parade will also feature the Ringwood Pipe Band, local Organisations and groups and we are informed that Father Christmas plans to try and join the Parade. Children in Fancy Dress with their parents are welcome to join the Parade, reporting to the Osborne Road Car Park at 11:45 am.
There will be a Christmas Gifts and Crafts Fair at The Memorial Centre with over 45 Stalls full of great ideas for Christmas presents. Some 40 groups who use the New Milton Community Association will feature in their Open Day from 10am until 4pm.
Station Road will be packed from end to end with more than 90 Stalls in a series of “Villages” – Crafts, Food & Drinks, Products & Services, Entertainment. The “Community Village” will feature more than 35 Stalls from local Community Organisations and groups, probably the largest gathering of such groups ever in New Milton. To inject a little Continental flavour there will also be a French Christmas Street Market to feast your eyes upon.
The event will culminate at 5pm with Groovemester performing on the Central Stage from 4:15 pm. Beforehand however at 4pm, we will see the Switch-On of the central part of New Milton’s Christmas Lighting by our very own singer, songwriter – Rumer. Rumer performed earlier this year at the Freshfield Festival on Fawcetts Field and now returns to her home town again to play a part in what the Organisers believe will be one of the biggest Christmas Festivals in the New Forest this year.
Visitors can keep up to date with all about the Festival including any changes in performance timings on the Web Site at:www.newmiltonchristmas.co.uk