Businesses, community groups and other organisations are joining forces to create a fabulous festive season for everyone in St Albans District.
With St Albans City and District Council, they are arranging a series of fun events to entertain residents, attract visitors and provide a boost to the local economy in the forthcoming winter months.
The move follows a decision not to stage the continental-style Christmas market which has been held for the past five years at Vintry Garden. This was in response to feedback from businesses and other stakeholders. Instead, a series of festive events is being brought together by the District Council, which has set up a steering group to coordinate activities.
There will be a range of festivities so plan ahead and pop these dates in your diary:
Santa’s Post Office, 14 November – 23 December
Among other confirmed events, St Albans BID will run Santa’s Post Office from Thursday 14 November to Monday 23 December at Christopher Place. Children will be able to enter a magical world to write their letter then watch it make an enchanted journey to Lapland. St Albans BID will also be running a treasure trail around the City with a chance to win a St Albans Gift Card.
Winter Film Festival, 7-8 December
There’s nothing quite like a Christmas movie. New for this year, festive films such as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ will be played in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum + Gallery courtroom and grand assembly room. Details are still to be announced so keep checking www.enjoystalbans.com for more information.
Mayor’s Carol Concert, 8 December
A hugely popular event, gather in front of the Clock Tower and get into the Christmas spirit and sing carols with residents and visitors. The Alban City Band will be keeping everyone in tune, and there’s mulled wine to add to the atmosphere. The event is open to all!
Charter Market’s Christmas Season, 15-24 December
Another highlight will be the launch of the highly-popular Charter Market’s Christmas season on Sunday 15 December with live music and other entertainment. The Market will then run every day, instead of the usual Wednesday and Saturday, finishing on Christmas Eve on Tuesday 24 December.
Polar Bear Plunge, 1 January
Feeling brave? Take the plunge into the icy waters at the Sub-Aqua Club on Cotton Mill Lane, in aid of charities Earthworks, Small Acts of Kindness and Age Concern.