POCKLINGTON is gearing up for a festive extravaganza with the Christmas lights switch on and late night shopping events next Wednesday.
The fun will start in the town centre at 5.30pm with carol singing by pupils from Pocklington Infant School.
This will be followed by a host of events and entertainment, including a live owl display, Santa’s Grotto and street performances.
Communications company TalkTalk is donating over £1,600 to help fund the events, and Graham Perry, The Mayor of Pocklington, said: “With the financial support of TalkTalk we will be able to enhance the fantastic array of Christmas activities and festive fun in Pocklington.
“To be able to make the town look so wonderful again this year and to provide entertainment and Christmas fun for the people of Pocklington is brilliant. Thank you, TalkTalk.”
Tristia Clarke, commercial director at TalkTalk said: “Investing in the local area allows us to bring our great value offers to even more families and we are proud to be supporting all of Pocklington’s Christmas activities.
“TalkTalk is literally making Pocklington a brighter town for everyone.”
The Christmas lights will be switched on at 6pm on Wednesday 7 December and revellers will be able to enjoy all the festive activities as well as getting some of their Christmas gifts during the late night shopping.
With £50 worth of vouchers for Chylds Play up for grabs, organisers are hoping many children will take part in the fancy dress competition and visit the Minster FM stand by the tree in Market Square to have their outfits judged at 6.10pm.
Ali Jenkins, chairman of the Pocklington Community Partnership which organises the event said: “We are really excited about this year’s event.
“We have had much more support this year with sponsorship and help from individuals and local businesses, a £500 grant from the council and a successful fundraising race night which have enabled us to add some additional entertainment.”
Some highlights of the evening promise to be the arrival of Father Christmas with Rocking Rudolph, helped on his way by The Pocklington District Lions, fairground rides, charity and trade stalls, a town crier and Minster FM broadcasting live to the local areas.
There will be a hog roast at The Feathers, fancy dress competitions, and also new for this year are a stilt walker, street magician and glow performer to entertain the shoppers.
A fire juggling street theatre entertainer will also perform at 7pm near the Arts Centre entrance as well as donkey rides, a soft play bus which will be free for children to play on, steam organ and live music.
Santa will settle in his Grotto inside the Arts Centre and there will be a live owl display in All Saints’ Church during the evening where Pocklington Camera Club will have a mini-studio where the public can handle the owls and have their photo taken.
The club will also be holding a photographic exhibition running from Saturday 3 December though to Saturday 10 December in All Saints’ Church.
The carol concert is always one of the traditional highlights of the event and as well as local schools taking part, the Pocklington Community Fellowship Church and Forgotten Voices Community Choir are also onboard this year.
Organisers invite everyone to join in the singing at 7.30pm by the tree as a climax to the event.