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Father Christmas will again be coming to Keynsham for the Victorian Evening

Father Christmas will again be coming to Keynsham for the Victorian Evening

Traders and community groups in Keynsham, Kingswood, Staple Hill, Hanham and Downend are getting ready for their festive celebrations and switching on of the Christmas lights.
On Friday 29th November Keynsham holds its traditional Victorian Evening. As usual stalls will line the High Street and traders will stay open late, with many dressing up, and there will be fairground rides in Ashton Way.
At 6.15pm, the procession, which will include the town crier, Father Christmas, the 2386 Air Cadets Band, jugglers and stilt walkers, sets off from Back Lane, heading up Bath Hill and along the High Street.
The lights will be switched on at 6.30pm. There will be a stage outside Victoria Methodist Church where there will be performances during the evening from St John’s Junior Youth Choir, Totally Maracas, Keynsham Brass Band, Keynsham Light Opera Group, the Riverside Singers (B&NES staff choir) and 2386 Air Cadets Band.
Events will be held during the evening at various town centre venues including Victoria Methodist Church, the Key Centre, St John’s Church, the library, the Fear Hall and Baptist Church. There will also be donkeys from HorseWorld in St John’s churchyard.
For the full programme visit the town council website at www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk
The switching on of Downend’s Christmas lights is also on Friday 29th November when shops will be staying open late.
People will gather at the Horseshoe pub on Downend Road where the Christmas tree will be, with the switch-on scheduled for 6.30pm.
The evening will include a free Santa’s Grotto in the pub from 4pm to 7.30pm. There will be performances by the Red X Dancers, Downend School Concert Band and seasonal singing by pupils at local primary schools and the Cleeve Singers.
The Christmas lights at Kingswood’s Kings Chase Shopping Centre will be switched on during the festive celebrations on Saturday, 30th November from 4pm to 7pm. There will be a Christmas fair, Santa’s Grotto, coconut shy and games, along with food stalls serving hot popcorn, candy floss and roasted chestnuts.
The lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by Jack FM’s DJ Downsy, in association with children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
There will be free parking at Kings Chase all day.
Hanham’s Christmas fair is on Friday 6th December from 6pm to 9pm. And Christmas on the Hill in Staple Hill is on the afternoon of Saturday, 7th December from 1pm. The popular annual event attracts thousands of people from across the area.
As usual there will be a colourful procession through the main street involving community groups.