Higham Ferrers is set to sparkle this Christmas

Rosie Allebone and Vanessa Templeton from Waitrose with Father Christmas, baby Millie Reavey, with Kieran Fitzgerald, Lauren Fitzgerald, Elle-Mai Matthews-Clarke and Callum Mason

Rosie Allebone and Vanessa Templeton from Waitrose with Father Christmas, baby Millie Reavey, with Kieran Fitzgerald, Lauren Fitzgerald, Elle-Mai Matthews-Clarke and Callum Mason

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This year’s Higham Ferrers Christmas Sparkle is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

The town will mark the start of the festive season with the event taking place on Saturday, November 23.

The day begins at 10am with a fairground in the Market Square with a Big Wheel, Helter Skelter, swings, rides, stall and amusements for children.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the Chantry Chapel from 10am until 4pm with presents donated by Waitrose and Colemans.

In the church will be Dickens themed displays and craft stalls and refreshments in the Bede House.

There will be a continental market leading to Chichele College and thanks to the National Lottery Celebrate Your Space funding, the Chichele College Garden will feature music and entertainment throughout the day, including a rock choir, Barrell Organ, morris dancers, stilt walker, juggler and fire eater.

There will be further craft stalls and mulled wine in Chichele College together with a bauble decorating workshop for children run by Waitrose.

There are still a few spaces available for this – if you want to book spaces contact Mandy at communitysmattersrushden@waitrose.co.uk and enjoy the opportunity to hang your bauble on a community Christmas tree and enter a draw for the chance to win a Nintendo 3DS.

At 2pm children are invited to join in a free disco and fancy dress competition with a Christmas character theme at Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club at Westfield Terrace, with prizes for three age groups (0 to two-years-old, three to four, and five-years-old and over) donated by Waitrose.

Following judging, the fancy dress parade will be led to St Mary’s Church by the town crier and the morris dancers for prize giving and this will be followed by the local school choirs singing carols.

At 5pm the mayor and the overall winner of the children’s fancy dress competition will switch on the lights in the Market Square and Higham Ferrers will sparkle once more for the Christmas season.