This year’s Christmas in Ringwood event is scheduled for Sunday 1st December 2019.
The event marks the start of the Christmas period in the town with entertainment for children and families, the turning on of the Christmas Lights and a Christmas Market showcasing local crafts, foods, drinks and gifts.
This information should help explain what the event is, who it is aimed at and how to get involved.
Who is organising the event?
The event is organised by Ringwood Events Team acting on behalf of Ringwood Town Council.
Ringwood Events Team is currently made up of Councillors Philip Day, Tony Ring, Tim Ward, Andy Briers, Jeremy Heron, Hilary Edge, Gloria O’Reilly and Charmaine Bennett (Events Co-ordinator for Ringwood Town Council).
Who is the event for?
The event is aimed at families and young children to celebrate the start of the Christmas season by marking the turning on of the lights in the town.
However, we would like local businesses to benefit too and we aim to bring in big crowds into the town and to stay for as long as possible.
The market is an important element of this.
What is planned for the event? What will be different to last year?
Planning for the event is underway and so this information is likely to change as we get closer to the event.
We aim to start the event a little later than last year with the first of two Santa’s Parades through the town.
Santa will be in his grotto in the afternoon and early evening.
We are planning some small fairground rides for children and both street and stage entertainment to provide that ever important festive feel.
It is our hope to spread some of the entertainment throughout the market to maintain the great atmosphere throughout.
Santa will turn the lights on around 5.30pm (these will be new lights as the contract between Ringwood Town Council and the previous providers has now expired.)
We are hoping for a much extended Market from the Market Square down the High Street to Fridays Cross.
We encourage shop owners to open up for the day, run festive activities or have a stall.
If shop keepers tell us in advance that they plan to open we will do our best to keep the space in front of their shop empty.
How can you get involved?
Market stall holders
We are looking to create a large Christmas market so if you sell crafts, food and drink and gifts then please do read through the information for stall holders, terms and conditions and then book a stall with us.
(we are looking to develop an online form but so we can get promoting here are forms for:
- Catering stalls (hot food and drink)
- Standard Stalls
- Business start-ups (less than 12 months of trading)
- Charity Stalls
(Also, separate terms and conditions and information for stall holders)
Sponsor the event
Without sponsors the event simply could not happen.
We know that there are a huge number of generous local individuals and businesses so please do get in touch if you are able to sponsor the event.
All contributions welcome, big or small!
Do you busk? Sing? Do street theatre? Children’s entertainer?
Please get in touch, you can help us to make this a really special day.
Help us to promote the event
Nearer the time you can help us by sharing the event on Facebook or in local media.
If you have any additional questions please email Charmaine.firstname.lastname@example.org