Keeping the magic of Christmas alive

It is clear that many want the sparkle of Christmas to come a little earlier this year.  Whilst the country awaits further news of what restrictions we will be under in regards gathering and visiting families, leisure and retail, many have decked the halls to cheer their wait.

Our light-up to Christmas has traditionally been on the last Friday of November each year.  Looking back over the years, we have welcomed the characters from Frozen, the Minions, Paw Patrol, Superheroes, an Elf on the Shelf, Mickey and Minnie, and finally in 2019, LOL Dolls and Fortnite Characters.

The event has always been superbly supported with a joyous crowd of residents.  We have had crafts, mulled wine and mince pies, school choirs and Father Christmas himself.

As with many things at the moment there is much disappointment, but also an opportunity to do things differently – to bring the sparkle in a slightly different way.

The Miners Lamp Café and Community Hub started on 11th November with the launch of their Miners Lamp Christmas Trail 2020.  Check out their Facebook page for lots of festive crafts and Christmassy competitions.  Lisa’s Magical Entertainment for kids is bringing a singing Princess to Prudhoe, with all proceeds from donations to the Miners Lamp Foodbank.

Traders on Front Street continue to lead the way in window displays.  Easter, Halloween, Remembrance and now the most magical of them all – the much mused over ‘Christmas Window’.  With the newly formed Front Street Traders group, you can check out Christmas treats and windows on their Facebook Page.  Please continue to support your local shops this festive season; they really appreciate it.

We may not be able to have our countdown to Christmas event, introduced by our very own Mister Disco Man, but we will still have a spectacular scheme of Christmas lights to look forward to.  This year, to show just how proudly Prudhoe does Christmas, the Town Council have commissioned a video that will showcase our Christmas lights, feature some of our school choirs as well as our fabulous, festive window displays.

Christmas is coming early, but just when the lights are being switched on is staying a secret for now!