Media release - issued 11 Dec 2017

A day of festive fun in Aldershot celebrates Christmas

Aldershot town centre was feeling festive on Saturday for the Aldershot Community Christmas Celebration.

Local schoolchildren and performers took to a stage in Union Street entertaining shoppers with Christmas carols and festive performances. 

The event was organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and a group of residents from the Aldershot Community Together group.

Performing throughout the day were Alderwood Junior School choir, Fernhill School choir, Park Primary School choir, the Nepali community choir, local singer Amelie Davis, the Paris School of Dancing, the Get Plucky ukulele group and local singer and Aldershot resident, Peter Winning.

Shoppers browsed the Christmas Craft Fayre and festive stalls.  There were children's rides, face painting, sand art activities and the Little Dallas Donkeys.  The Rotary Christmas float was also in town and Aldershot Civic Society, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care and Rowhill Nature Reserve had stalls.

Aldershot resident and member of the Aldershot Community Together group, Jessica Hannington said: "We'd like to thank everyone who came together to make the day possible, it was wonderful to see the town so busy and everyone enjoying the entertainment.  We'll be back again next weekend for Light Up Aldershot Day and the magical lantern procession, so make sure you join us!"

The festive fun will now continue on Saturday 16 December, when the community will shine a light on Aldershot with a day of live music performed by local bands, free hands-on craft activities with the West End Centre and a rodeo reindeer. 

The highlight of the day will be Aldershot's first ever magical lantern procession through the town centre at 4.30pm.  The parade will start in Wellington Street outside The Wellington shopping centre and will go through Union Street and up to Westgate before heading down to Princes Gardens to finish with music and refreshments around the bandstand.

The council and volunteers have been working with local schoolchildren and community organisations to create over 350 colourful willow lanterns. Visitors are advised to arrive early to get a good viewing spot in the town centre.

Councillor Gareth Lyon, Cabinet Member for Concessions and Community Support at Rushmoor Borough Council added: "Well done to everyone who has helped to organise the festive events, we are really looking forward to next weekend's magical lantern procession and can't wait to see the colourful lanterns that the community have created!"

To get involved with the Aldershot Community Together group, get in touch using the contact details on this page or join the Aldershot Community Together Facebook group.


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