The count-down to Marlborough Christmas 2021 begins this Friday November 19 when Mayor Mark Cooper, accompanied by Town Crier, Mike Tupman, will be switching on the Christmas lights from the Town Hall balcony at 6.30pm. The Mayor will also be taking a ride around the High Street with Santa on his sleigh, courtesy of the Lions. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be a Christmas market with over 30 stalls and hot food kiosks from 10am to 7.30pm. The High Street will be closed to traffic from 5pm to 8pm.
Unfortunately, Rotary’s Santa’s Grotto, complete with elves, in the Town Hall will not be taking place this year and there will not be the large stage erected in the High Street for live entertainment – all measures to limit the risk of spreading Covid.
However, live entertainment will be provided by the Blue Belles, a local acapella group, and members of Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama who will be performing solos and duets from the Town Hall balcony.
Assistant Town Clerk, Clare Harris, told Marlborough.news, “The Christmas Lights event is more low key this year because we have to be mindful of Covid. However, the Christmas market will be bigger than usual which will help to create a festive atmosphere. There will be stalls selling gifts, stocking fillers, clothing, candles, food and drink together with charity stalls. Hot food kiosks will be serving bratwurst, churros, chilli-dogs, mulled wine and hot chestnuts. We are sure there is going to be something for everyone to enjoy.”