Christmas kicks off to a flying start in Melton Mowbray this weekend with the biggest weekend of fun-packed entertainment the town has ever seen.
Melton Borough Council, The Melton BID, Melton Mowbray Town Estate and Event Organisers have clubbed together to create a co-ordinated event package for maximum impact to encourage residents and visitors to flock to the High Street.
The star attraction is a human SNOWGLOBE which comes equipped with a snow machine and Christmas backdrop to create unique photo opportunities …… you just download your photo when you get home !!! - check out Facebook/meltonBC for guest appearances in the Globe from two famous ice princesses.
The stage will be host to a huge array of local schools, bands and artists over the three days with over 30 acts in all to entertain shoppers throughout the weekend. X-Factor’s Lauren Lovejoy, The Good Guys Orchestra, The Rutland Big Band and over 18 school performances are amongst just a few of the stage acts.
This Christmas bonanza starts with the Christmas Lights Switch on event, where Snow White’s Wicked Queen, alias Lucinda Rhodes, will switch on the lights with the Mayor of Melton, Cllr John Wyatt. Switch On will be followed by an awe inspiring firework display and fantastic local talent performing on the stage to 8.00pm !
This year Santa’s Elves have been busy creating a new Grotto for their Boss which will be a permanent fixture throughout December in Melton’s Market Place. Back by popular demand are Santa’s loyal reindeer and the big man himself will be transported to his new Grotto by Melton’s local Trumpton.
Saturday sees the return of Small Business Saturday with big bands, free parking, Santa & the Globe being just a few of the added attractions
There will be a Christmas Market on Friday & Saturday before the town steps back in time on the Sunday to welcome over 140 Victorian traders for the Victorian Christmas Fayre. Rare breeds, a 1940’s Milking parlour, pottery workshops, puppet shows, Victorian dancing and Shire horses are just a few of the added attractions at the Fayre.
Don’t forget St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival, the Sage Cross Festival of Cribs, ‘Frozen Singalong’ at The Regal Cinema (Saturday & Sunday), and not one but 3 Christmas Panto’s at Melton Theatre. Late night shopping on the Friday and shops are open all day on Sunday.
To complete the weekend, we has waivered car parking charges and there will be FREE parking in all of the Long Stay car parks over the weekend (Mill Street & Scalford Road only on Saturday).
Cllr Pam Posnett, Town Centre Champion said” Melton’s Big weekend will be fantastic for our High Street, encouraging locals and visitors to shop in Melton. Melton Borough Council is proud to support Small Business Saturday, which is a national campaign to support & promote small businesses by encouraging shoppers to shop local and increase High Street footfall. ”
Town Centre Manager Lisa Brown said: “Check out our Facebook page
for up to date information on performance times and entertainment over the whole weekend – there really is something for everyone !’