THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas will literally begin in Droitwich when the town’s big festive lights switch-on takes place at 4.30pm next Saturday, November 27.
Special guest – Paralympian swimmer and double silver Paralympic medallist Rebecca Redfern – will be joined by Town Crier Edgar Harwood and Mayor of Droitwich Spa Coun Bill Moy to lead the plunger moment outside Lloyds Bank on Victoria Square.
From 3.15pm, there will be live entertainment, including performances from the Salvation Army Band, the Westacre Middle School Choir and i-Sing Choir.
The Community Choir’s seasonal concert takes place at St Andrews Church from 5pm and parking at all Wychavon District Council car parks will be free from 2pm.
Droitwich Lions’ popular Santa’s Grotto will be in St Richard’s House from 10am to 6pm and there will be a funfair and the Worcestershire Farmers Market in Victoria Square.
Friar Street will host traditional stalls offering seasonal gifts from 10am to 5pm, a Salvation Army Brass Band performance at 2.15pm and live entertainment from 6pm, organised by The Old Cock Inn.
Mark Keld, the Droitwich Town Council clerk, said: “We hope the events will bring the community and visitors together to celebrate the start of the Christmas season for 2021 and to enjoy the many attractions on offer.”
- The events team will be in St Richard’s House from 12pm to 5pm next Saturday, November 27, talking to people about how they can get involved in the 2022 event. In June, 2022, the town will be challenged to fill Droitwich with red, white and blue origami flowers for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Forthcoming festive events
A variety of forthcoming festive events will be held in Droitwich, including The Salvation Army Band playing in Victoria Square at 12pm on December 4, 11 and Christmas Eve.
The Worcestershire Farmers Market will also take place on December 4.
On December 21 at 6.30pm there will be a carol service at St Andrew’s Church, featuring carols, Christmas music, readings and poetry.
On December 22 at 6.30pm there will be a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols Service at Salwarpe Church (St Michael’s).
On Christmas Eve there will be Crib Services at St Peter’s at 3pm and 4.30pm, a Crib and Christingle Service at St Augustine’s, Dodderhill, at 4.30pm and a midnight communion service at 11.30pm at St Peter’s Church.
On Christmas Day there will be a communion service at 9.30am and Salwarpe Church.