Under usual circumstances, Christmas in Ringwood would begin with a spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On event with an all-day Market, Fairground, entertainment and processions throughout the day.

Of course, there is nothing usual about 2020 and the event was cancelled in October even after considerable scaling back.

Despite this setback, Christmas in Ringwood is most definitely NOT cancelled.

Ringwood Events Team and Ringwood Town Council are delighted to bring you their very own Ringwood Winter Wanderland.

Walking trails around the Town will showcase winter displays in shops, businesses and homes as well as the wonderful Town Christmas Lights provided by the Town Council.

Father Christmas will be making some special ‘virtual’ appearances and there will be support for other initiatives in Ringwood such as the toy collection for the Rotary Christmas appeal and a Drive-In Service organised by Churches Together.

Christmas Window Display Competition

This year the competition is open to all businesses and organisations in the town, not just the town centre.

Organisers will be publishing a map of entries to encourage people to come into town and view them and at the same time support local businesses and spend their money in the town after such a challenging year.

Residents will be able to vote for their favourite online, details of which will be published at the beginning of December.

The winner will be announced on the 20th December.

To enter please visit the Town Council website and download an application form https://www.ringwood.gov.uk/ringwood-winter-wanderland/

Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas lightsThere are advanced discussions with Father Christmas who, based in Lapland is not currently subject to travel restrictions.

He has agreed to pay a flying visit to Ringwood to help turn the lights on and to make sure no-one misses this spectacular event. Ringwood TV will be on hand to record this momentous occasion for all to view on social media.

The date will be announced very soon.

Message to Santa

Have your children written their letters to Father Christmas yet?

If so, tell us by emailing ringwoodeventsteam@gmail.com by with their first name and age (no other information please) by 25th November 2020.

He will try to acknowledge them ‘virtually’ in December.

Make a window display

The whole community can take part in the Winter Wanderland by decorating their own windows during December so you and your neighbours can wander the streets and enjoy the wonderful decorations.

These do not have to be expensive decorations or lights; they can be anything you like.

Simple or elaborate, everything counts.

Tips and suggestions will be published in mid-late November.

Sponsorship opportunities

Organisers are inviting financial support from any and all Ringwood businesses as an event sponsor to be named in all event Christmas associated published material and are invited to display a company banner in the Market Place area for the duration of the Christmas tree display.

Any enterprise wishing to offer a donation to Events Team funds will be listed in order of donation value, but no sum will be made public.

Thank you in advance for your wonderful support as ever.

For more information on any of the above, please visit the Town Council website https://www.ringwood.gov.uk/ringwood-winter-wanderland/ and come December, the community can tag their efforts on the relevant social media pages – Facebook/ringwoodwinterwanderland, Instagram/ringwoodtowncouncil and twitter/ringwoodtowncouncil.