Newton Abbot set to welcome festive crowds with free family events
NEWTON Abbot is gearing up to welcome a wave of yuletide shoppers as it launches its 2022 Christmas events calendar.
The celebrations begin on Saturday November 26 with a day of free family-friendly activities including street entertainment, face painting, balloon modelling and walkabout acts.
There will be stalls in the Market Square and Courtenay Street plus a mini Christmas Carnival parade in the early evening, followed by the annual lights switch on at 5.30pm.
Events continue on Wednesday December 7 with the popular Victorian evening and its array of charity stalls getting under way at 5pm.
Late night shopping will continue on the day until 8pm as it will on the following two Wednesdays with a 6pm lantern parade on December 14 and 7pm Mayor’s carol service on December 21, at the Clock Tower.
The special guest for each of the Wednesdays will, of course, be Father Christmas.
After arriving in town on his sleigh he will stay outdoors, greeting visitors and handing out sweets.
His cosy parlour within the Clock Tower will be open for anyone to visit and take a festive fireside selfie if they wish.
Parking in all Teignbridge Council car parks will be free from 4pm each Wednesday although drivers are advised that the multi-storey closes at 6pm.
Another popular event back for this year is the dog-friendly carol service at 12 noon on Saturday December 10.
It’s set to take place in Wolborough Street with families encouraged to bring their beloved canines into town for the occasion.
The day will also feature free street entertainments.
As an extra gift, the town centre will host traditional Christmas music each Saturday throughout December.