Friday 1st December, Saturday 2nd December & Sunday 3rd December 2017

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Melton’s Big Weekend !

Victorian Christmas 1st to 3rd December 2017

Put the first weekend of December in your diary when Christmas kicks off to a flying start in Melton Mowbray with the biggest weekend of fun-packed entertainment the town has ever seen. Event organisers have together created a co-ordinated event package for maximum impact to encourage residents and visitors to flock to the High Street.

The stage will again be host to a huge array of local schools, bands and artists over the three days with over 40 acts in all to entertain shoppers throughout the weekend, including star performances from singers Lily Taylor-Ward, Yolanda Offodile and Charlie Russell, Performing Stars and the Rock Choir.

This Christmas bonanza starts with the Victorian Christmas Lights Switch on event, where the star studded cast of Melton Theatre’s Cinderella, will switch on the lights with the Mayor of Melton, Cllr Tejpal Bains, followed by an awe inspiring firework display and fantastic local talent performing on the stage until 7.30pm.

The main man himself, Santa, will be transported to his new Grotto by Melton’s local Trumpton and will be in residence throughout the whole weekend with a huge sack of Christmas Gifts.

The hugely successful Victorian Christmas Fayre will be in town for Saturday and Sunday with over 150 stalls clothed in Victorian attire for a truly Dickensian market. Traditional festive gifts, local produce and hand-crafted wares to inspire visitors and residents alike to shop local and support the wealth of specialist businesses and producers home grown to Melton and the surrounding area.

This year there will be some awe inspiring street entertainment including shows from the Snow Queen, Silver Lady, Morris Dancers, Ice Men and the immensely popular Street Beggars. Queen Victoria will be mingling with the crowds over the full three days with the unique opportunity to join her in a local café for tea and sandwiches!

Don’t forget to also visit St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival, the Sage Cross Festival of Cribs, Melton Carnegie Museum’s Craft Fair and the Christmas Panto’s at Melton Theatre. Late night shopping on the Friday and shops open all day on Sunday.

There will also be FREE parking in all of the Long Stay car parks over the three days so a perfect opportunity to shop local

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of the Council, said” Melton’s Big weekend is a fantastic annual event for our town centre, encouraging locals and visitors to shop in Melton. Melton Borough Council is proud to work in partnership with the Victorian Christmas Fayre, the Melton BID, Melton Mowbray Town Estate and sponsor Melton Mowbray Building Society to create this truly great event which will encourage shoppers to shop locally. ”

www.melton.gov.uk/events  or facebook/meltonbc and www.victorian-fayre.co.uk/

We'd like to say a big thank you to all the sponsers listed below who have helped us create a wonderful 2016 Victorian weekend!