The annual Hertford Christmas Gala will take place on Friday 24th November from 3.30pm - 8pm, followed by the Think Christmas Think Hertford event on Saturday 25th November.
Both events are organised by Hertford Town Council, and sponsored by Specsavers Hertford and Go Move. The festivities take place in Hertford town centre where residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the county town, shop locally and get into the Christmas spirit.
Hertford Christmas Gala
The streets will be filled with Christmas market stalls, children will be able to meet Santa in his grotto, reindeers can be stroked, and visitors even get a chance to hold a friendly barn owl.
Street entertainers including Olaf from Frozen and Mickey and Minnie Mouse will roam around the town, there will be fairground rides and visitors can even book onto a Haunted Hertford Ghost Walk.
Children will be able to dress up and perform a living nativity scene and singers, performers and bands will perform live on stage.
The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Susan Dunkley, accompanied by Santa, will switch the Christmas tree lights on in Salisbury Square at 6.30pm.
A free children’s elf trail will also launch on the day of the Christmas Gala and run until 15th December.
In addition, 27 of the retailers will offer in store discounts and promotions. Examples of some of the discounts and promotions will include:
Free sight tests at Specsavers
Free activities and festive treats at Go Move
Goody bags, colouring, hot chocolate and more at Hertford Theatre
Free mince pies and have a photo taken with the Christmas Stable Unicorn at The White Hart
20% off shoes and bags at Kids Connection
20% off all diamond jewellery at Jewel of Hearts 20% off all full price clothing at Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Think Christmas Think Hertford
The festivities continue after the Christmas Gala with Think Christmas Think Hertford, an event that runs on Saturday 25th November in the town centre.
There is free admission for visitors to get selfies taken in a Giant Snow Globe located in Parliament Square. There will also be a mulled wine stand and acoustic musicians performing live all day.
Children can meet Elsa & Anna from Frozen at set times in the Bircherley Green area, where they can also make and take crafts for all ages with Art Shed and listen to a special Christmas performance from the students of ‘Make Believe’.
Many retailers will be offering discounts, promotions and in-store entertainment throughout the day. Highlights include:
Visit Santa at Mudlarks Garden Café (small fee applies)
Free balloons & sweets + 10% off all stock at The Flower Bar
Free goodies from the Tourist Information Centre with purchases over £5
Special in-house tastings at Marks & Spencer
Instore promotions over mince pies & chocolates at Gingerlillie
Staff will wrap your Christmas gifts whilst you enjoy a drink at The Stone House
Sherry and shortbread tasting instore at Edinburgh Woollen Mill
10% discount for adult walk-in clients at Love Locks Hair & Makeup Lounge
10% - 50% savings on all stock and special orders at Marshall’s of Hertford
Free gift wrapping on all pre-ordered hampers over £30 at Giambrones