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This year’s Christmas in Ringwood event is on Sunday 29th November 2020.

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.

Last year was a huge success with market stalls stretching from Market Place down to Fridays Cross and feedback was extremely positive from both the community and stall holders. The new Town lights were a huge hit with reports of people travelling huge distances to view them!

We anticipate that the programme will follow a similar format to last year with the  official switch-on will take place at 6 p.m. after a day of festivities in the Town Centre which will include a Santa parade, grotto, street and stage entertainment, children’s fairground rides and a Christmas Market.

We expect that there will be free parking in the Town’s car parks.

The event is organised by Ringwood Events Team acting on behalf of Ringwood Town Council.

This information should help explain what the event is, who it is aimed at and how to get involved.

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 were almost fully booked last year and expect to be more popular this year so early booking is advised.

We would also appreciate it if you could read all the information attached below before contacting us in case your question is already answered- thank you for your support.

Catering Stall Form | Charity Stall Form | Standard Stall Form

  • Entertainers

We are looking for some fabulous entertainers to help make this day really special. We would be interested in hearing from anyone who can add to the family, festive atmosphere. As well as stage entertainers please get in touch if you prefer a low key position and you could help to add to the ambiance in the market.

Catering Stall Form | Charity Stall Form | Standard Stall Form

  • 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!

Please do get in touch with Charmaine Bennett, Events Co-ordinator at Ringwood Town Council on  Charmaine.bennett@ringwood.gov.uk if you would like to be involved. Ringwood Events Team are currently planning the VE Day 75 event so please bear with us if we take a little longer to respond but we will!

Stall Holder Information

Christmas in Ringwood Event 2020

Thank you for your interest in booking a stall at the Ringwood Christmas Lights Switch on Event on Sunday 29th November 2020.

Last year most stall holders told us that the event was well-organised with a great atmosphere and we are thankful for the contribution that they made to the event.

This information should help prepare you for the event so that it too is a success.

Please note, we will send out final information 2 weeks before the event.

Timings

We expect the road closure to be in place from 9.30am until 8pm. Access for set up will be from 9:30am – 11.45am and for breakdown from 6:30pm onwards (or when crowds start to disperse- your flexibility and patience here will be greatly appreciated).

The market opens at midday, Santa’s parade at midday and 5.50pm.

The lights will be switched on soon after followed by some crowd pleasing Christmas songs.

The event will end after the lights have been switched on and crowds leave.

Please note: we ask that stalls do not pack up before the event ends. We will then arrange as swift an exit as possible for stalls.

Power, lighting and supplies

Please note that we expect stall holders to be self-sufficient.

No power is supplied and only standard street lighting is provided for this event.

If you need additional power or lighting you will need to bring your own and arrange your own power supply.

Should you bring a generator please ensure you also have available for use, a working, certified Fire Extinguisher.

We do not have any spare chairs, tables or gazebos.

Booking form, payment and refunds

Your booking is not confirmed until we have your paperwork and payment.

Catering Stall Form | Charity Stall Form | Standard Stall Form

If payment has not been received within 10 days of your paperwork being sent we will assume that you no longer wish to go ahead with the booking.

Please tell us if you have any special requirements (such as a large pitch or vehicle).

If we have not received your booking form and payment before the event we will not be able to allocate you a pitch on the day.

Refunds will not be processed after the 2nd November.

We do ask that you inform us if you are planning to no longer attend so that we can make adjustments- thank you.

Who is organising the event?

The event is organised by Ringwood Events Team and 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.

However, we also want local businesses to benefit from the event by bringing big crowds into the town and to stay for as long as possible.

The market is key to this.

What do you have planned for the event?

Last year’s event was such a success that we expect to follow a similar programme.

Planning has not yet started in earnest as the team are currently organising the VE Day 75 celebrations so the details are subject to change.

The event will likely start at midday with a Santa’s Parade through the town.

We will also have our ever popular Santa’s Grotto throughout the afternoon and early evening, some fairground rides and both street and stage entertainment.

We aim to spread some of the entertainment throughout the market to maintain the great atmosphere throughout.

Santa will turn the lights on around 6pm.

Last year the market stretched from the Market Place down the High Street to Fridays Cross with over 40 stalls.

We will encourage shop owners to open up for the day, run festive activities or have a stall.

If shop keepers tell us that they plan to open we will keep the space in front of their shop empty to encourage shoppers to visit.

Parking

We expect parking in the New Forest District Council Car Parks to be free all day.  Please note restrictions still apply in the Waitrose car park.

Information about access

We will send out further information about access 2 weeks prior to the event.

Contact

Please read the information and if you have any additional questions please email ringwoodeventsteam@gmail.com.

Thank you again for helping us make this event special for Ringwood.