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Weymouth's Victorian Shownight Plans Unveiled


12:04am 2nd November 2014

Weymouth BID have unveiled their plans for this year's Victorian Shownight on Friday 5th December.

Activities will start from 3pm in the heart of Weymouth and will continue on Saturday 6th December from 11am when Father Christmas will come to town with his helpers and reindeers.

The Chamber's sponsorship includes the Best Dressed Christmas Window competition and support funding for the Lantern Parade. Julie Cleaver, President of the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce said "The Chamber are always supportive of the Lighting up of the Christmas lights, over the years we have seen the event grow and grow and we are very pleased to see that businesses this year will benefit from a two day event - I am sure it will be a huge success".

This year the Weymouth BID have been successful in applying to the Arts Council for a grant of £9,000.  The grant will be used in conjunction with Emerald Ant, to create a spectacular Lantern Parade which will involve 7 schools and the local community.  The Parade will leave from Hope Square and walk through the town before arriving in Lower Bond Street where the Christmas lights will be turned on by the Mayor.

Draft Programme for Friday
Christmas market and synthetic ice rink opens supported by a full programme of Choirs including the sixty-strong Rock Choir, festive music and dance.
The Lantern Parade led by a processional band leave Hope Square and walk to New Bond Street to launch the lighting up ceremony.

The Mayor arrives and Pantomime characters leads the countdown to switch on of lights in town centre
A full programme of entertainment and street threatre continues throughout the evening.

Draft Programme for Saturday

Santa arrives on his sleigh pulled by 2 reindeer to his grotto by St Mary's Church.  Visitors will have an opportunity to pet the reindeer and there will be photo opportunities with Santa
12 noon
Santa will be in his grotto

The Ice rink, Christmas market and a full programme of entertainment and street threatre continues throughout the day.

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