Media release - issued 15 Nov 2021

Christmas is coming to Aldershot and Farnborough

The countdown to Christmas is on and a number of special events will be sprinkling Christmas magic over Aldershot and Farnborough town centre throughout November and December.

Christmas starts in Aldershot town centre on Saturday 20 November, with the Aldershot Christmas Cracker.

The fun starts at midday with craft, food, community stalls and fun fair rides all around the town and brass bands playing festive music. There will be fun, free activities for families to try including crafts, circus skills and face painting. Children can also meet Father Christmas in his grotto and visit the nativity farm. 

Over 100 performers from local bands, choirs and dance schools will take to the main stage to perform. 

The highlight of this brand-new event will be the Christmas lights switch-on which will take place in Princes Gardens at 5.15pm, including a short firework display and a giant snow machine.  

The town centre has new Christmas lights this year on lampposts in Union Street and Wellington Street. 

The event has been organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, with the help of Aldershot Community Together, a group of residents and volunteers who work with the council on projects for the town. 

Next in the diary is the Farnborough Frost Fair which will be taking place in Farnborough town centre on Saturday 27 November. 

The Frost Fair welcomes around 40 stallholders who will be setting up along Queensmead offering gifts, local food and drink, handmade jewellery and unique Christmas decorations and gifts. 

As well as lots more free family activities, there will be stage with a programme packed full of festive performances. There will also be fun fair rides and a chance to meet some beautiful birds of prey. The event also coincides with the switching on of the Christmas lights at the Princes Mead shopping centre with balloon artists, magical science, Father Christmas and more. 

Other festive dates in the diary include:

  • Rushmoor Christmas Tree Festival in Princes Gardens, Aldershot on Saturday 4 December
  •  at the Aldershot Garrison Churches on Wednesday 8 December
  •  on Wednesday 15 December
  • Farnborough Christmas Craft Fayre in Queensmead on Saturday 18 December
  •  on Saturday 18 December in Princes Gardens, Aldershot

Also look out for festive pop-up performances, street entertainment, free children's crafts and brass bands on Saturday in Aldershot and Sundays in Farnborough throughout December. 

Councillor Marina Munro, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy at Rushmoor Borough Council said: "It's fantastic that our Christmas events are back, bringing a wonderful selection of festive celebrations! Our local shops and businesses will also benefit from increased footfall throughout the Christmas season. There is so much going on!" 

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