Yuletide festival bigger and better
Now firmly established as one of Alton’s biggest crowd-pullers, the annual Yuletide Festival is set to draw visitors from across the region this Sunday (6th December).
The festive spectacular will feature stalls from traders and local good causes lining the High Street, from the top of Crown Hill, with more stalls inside the Assembly Rooms.
Santa will be taking a break from his present wrapping to come and visit children in his award-winning magical grotto, where children visiting can tell him their Christmas wishes and receive a small gift.
Other attractions lined up include the ever popular miniature donkeys and, new for 2015, rare breed sheep on the Assembly Rooms lawn – sure to prove popular with visitors both young and old.
There will be lots of fun to be had by families at the lower end of the High Street (near M&S) where Walls Funfair rides can be found.
Throughout the day there will be street entertainment provided by local bands, choirs and schools at the stage area in front of the Swan Hotel, along with morris dancing at various locations. The Salvation Army will also be entertaining the crowds with traditional carols at Turk Street.
Meanwhile, Alton Community Centre will be hosting their ‘Christmas Cracker’ event, providing visitors with more shopping opportunities.
The festival will also feature an array of food stalls brought in to help keep the huge army of shoppers fed and watered, and adding to the festive spirit.
Whilst all town centre car parking is free on the day courtesy of East Hampshire District Council, due to the number of visitors coming into town on the day local residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home.