Tarvin Christmas Festival

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Saturday 2nd December saw the Christmas festivities in the village begin in earnest.

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First of all, as is becoming the norm, the Community Centre hosted "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" from Bitesize theatre, which was a complete sell-out! ("Oh no it wasn't" I hear you shout!). Jolly smiling people, young and old were seen exiting the Community Centre all ready for their visit to the Christmas Market later in the day!

As the skies drifted from daylight towards darkness, the Christmas Festival Committee were pulling out all the stops to make sure that the High Street looked as jolly and festive as possible — and this was pulled off with great style — indeed you could have been forgiven for thinking that you were at the Christmas Market in Vienna! Our high street looked magnificent be-decked with Christmas Trees and festive stalls from many of the village's charitable organisations, and many delicious offerings and Christmas goodies were available.

The weather which looked like it might have turned nasty on us earlier in the day, didn't let us down — and we were largely kept dry! Food and drinks were available from a number of our local hostelries — with The Red Lion car park turned into a "Food Court" for the evening — you could get a delicious Hog Roast batch or a scrumptious Aberdeen Angus burger, or even a Hot dog! Across the road, The George & Dragon were serving Hot Turkey, stuffing and cranberry rolls, and the Cornichon had Mulled Wine on offer....the recently re-opened "The Cafe" was open for business...and let me tell you from personal experience — their mince pies were the best I have ever tasted!

Of course, it wouldn't be a Christmas Festival if we hadn't had a special visitor for the younger members of the village to have a little chat with....and after short delay making his way from Chester, Father Christmas duly arrived and had a queue the length of the high street while he was checking his "naughty of nice" list and making sure that he had all the requests properly noted!

Entertainment for the slightly older villagers was provided from the Methodist Chapel frontage and included some of the more mature members of the village — The Silver Singers!

It all definitely began to feel a lot like Christmas!

A huge thank you to all the members of the Christmas Festival Committee and the many volunteers who helped make the evening such a success — you've all earned a rest over the festive period! A Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!

Ed: Please note: all of the photos were taken before the village became really busy!