Action-packed Christmas schedule in Gravesham revealed
PUBLISHED: 15:07 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 23 October 2015
The thee for this year's festival programme is based on Wizzard's classic hit, Christmas Everyday
Gravesham’s Christmas festival programme includes bigger and better events than ever this year with the theme based on the song by Wizzard – Christmas Everyday.
It kicks off with a huge Christmas lights parade through the town on Friday November 13 starting at 4.30pm from the St George’s shopping centre with music from 4pm at various venues to get everyone in the mood.
Bands, including Bloco Fogo, the Glenduart Pipe Band and the Crocodile Brass Band will entertain crowds in the town before joining the parade.
The parade, led by the mayor Cllr Mick Wenban, will include hundreds of children who have been working on costumes and lanterns.
The Christmas lights will be switched on as the parade – complete with a mobile snow machine – wends its way to Community Square and at the junction of High Street, King Street and Windmill Street there will be the Dancing Santas.
At Community Square the mayor will count down to the Christmas Tree light switch on and there will be entertainment from the cast of this year’s star-studded pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood with Eastenders’ Ricky Norwood topping the bill.
This year’s display will include enhanced lighting in Queen Street and around the Clock Tower. Last year’s illuminations won second place in a national competition and the £3,000 prize has been spent on the Clock Tower lights.
The festival continues with Active Christmas on Saturday November 21 with lots of festive sporting activities from 1.30pm on Community Square with a climbing wall, a reindeer rodeo and a snowboard simulator.
There the afternoon ends with a Santa Dash, for which registration begins at 3.30pm before the race itself commences at 4.30pm.
Events take place at Cascades and Cygnet leisure centres all day and into the evening as well as at Meopham Tennis and Fitness Centre and NRG gym.
The action moves to Windmill Hill on Saturday November 28 with Christmas on the Hill where a winter wonderland will be created in and around the Memorial Gardens and the Windmill Tavern and Millers Cottage pubs.
The event culminates with a candlelit parade and light show at 4.30pm led by Father Christmas, with live music throughout.
The following weekend sees the return of the hugely successful Fayre on the Square – now bigger than ever and on double the days.
It will take place on Friday December 4 at noon and Saturday December 5 at 10am at Community Square with dozens of fabulous Christmas gift ideas and music during both days.
Friday’s Fayre ends with the Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert around the Christmas tree, which will be led by Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer winners Revelation Avenue, with school choirs featuring on stage all day.
The Ellenor hospice will be performing their “lights of love” ceremony placing baubles with personal messages on the tree, while tribute bands and Dr and the Medics will be on stage during Saturday.
There will be a ‘land train’ bringing people from High Street to the square and Ensignbus Company’s vintage buses will be bringing people from Thurrock to Gravesend all day.
Following on from previous years’ attempts featuring elves and Christmas jumpers, this year’s Guinness World Record attempt will be head-boppers on the square on Friday December 11.
Aiming for a world record has become a feature of Gravesham’s festive offering and this year’s registration for the event starts at 1pm with the record expected to be smashed about 2pm.
Quirky and festive Christmas trees will be the feature on December 12 at St George’s Church and the Emmanuel Baptist church.
There will be an arts trail between the two churches and visitors can vote for their favourite tree between 11am and 4pm.
The Gravesham Borough Band will play throughout the day and there are musical events at both churches in the evening.
Finally, the Magic of Christmas is the theme of Saturday December 19 which will feature a Princess and Superhero parade at Community Square where everyone is welcome to get some sparkle on and dress as their favourite characters, before assembling from 3pm ahead of the judging.
For more information, visit www.christmasingravesend.co.uk after the site is launched at the fireworks event on the promenade on Friday November 6.