Both events are organised by Hertford Town Council, and sponsored by Duffield Harrison Solicitors and McCarthy and Stone. 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 singers, performers and bands will perform live on stage.
Visitors are welcome to dress up in nativity costume and have a free photograph taken whilst inside the nativity stable provided by The Hertford Baptist Church.
The Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Rosemary Bolton, accompanied by Santa, will switch the Christmas tree lights on in Salisbury Square at 6.30pm.
The performance stage line up located at Salisbury Square is as follows:
4.30pm – 5.25pm – Simon Balle Big Band
5:35pm – 5.55pm – Make Believe
6pm – 6.20pm – Stage Coach Hertford
6.20pm – 6.30pm – Winning Windows Prize Presentation
6.30pm – 6.35pm – Christmas Tree Lights Switch On
6.35pm – 7.20pm – All That Soul
7.25pm – 8pm – Somewhere 2 Sing
In addition, many of the retailers will offer in store discounts and promotions.
Examples of some of the discounts, events and promotions will include:
• Leaf Café – Children can post letters in store to the North Pole. Letters can be pre written or children can write their letter in the café. Make sure to include your address to that Santa can send you a response.
• Hertford Theatre – Free face painting, goodie bags, balloons and craft activities. Enjoy the Winter Wonderland decorated foyer and enjoy a special offer for bookings to The Snow Queen when booked on the evening of the Gala.
• Hertford Museum - Christmas Extravaganza: crafts, carol singing, storytelling & Father Christmas in his grotto from 4pm – 8pm.
• Mudlarks Garden Café – Join Mother Christmas for festive cookie decorating for £1.50 per child. Visit Santa’s Grotto from 4pm – 8pm.
• Love Locks Hair & Makeup Lounge – Sparkle Package, plaits & face glitter for £5 plus 10% off adult walk in clients.
• Lance James the Jewellers – Up to 50% off jewellery plus a lucky dip to win a surprise gift.
• Kids Connection Shoes – 20% off all bags and 50% off all school shoes and boots.
• Tom Ashley Hair – 20% discount on selected products.
• The Flower Bar – 10% off orders over £30.
• Paul Martin Perfumery – Up to 10% off full price products.
The events programme will be available from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre or online by visiting www.gohertford.co.uk/events closer to the event.