COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS 2019: I’m dreaming of a fabulous Christmas in Ilminster
ILMINSTER traders have been having a bit of a free hand with their Christmas theme shop windows when the town’s festive lights get switched on at 7pm on Friday (November 22).
The switch-on night with still have its traditional Victorian Christmas theme. But for the popular window dressing competition the theme has been put at “I’m dreaming of a ……… Christmas.”
The temptation has been just to take the easy and popular way out and make it a ‘White Christmas’ - but there could be all sorts of permutations on the theme so it is hoped for some very different displays.
“It will be interesting to see what the shops come up with - and there will also be many shops taking part in the ‘odd thing out’ competition,’ said Victorian Night chairman Mike Fry-Foley whose team co-ordinates activities throughout the day.
Some of the traders will as usual be dressed in Victorian costume throughout the evening to add to the atmosphere.
The big day is a culmination of a year’s work by two tireless local committees - the Victorian Night group and the Christmas Lights committee of volunteers - and their activities combine for this immensely popular day in the town’s calendar.
It promises to be another fun occasion, with the festivities kicking off at 9am with the start of a full day of music interspersed with the popular carol singing by pupils from local schools in the Market House.
They will be spread throughout the day with 20 minutes each, while the Christmas spirit will be kept alive the whole day by compere DJ Ginge who will play festive music as well.
The itinerary includes: Neroche School 9am; Shepton Beauchamp and St Mary and St Peter’s Ilton 10am; Greenfylde, Ilminster 11am and Swanmead, Ilminster at 2.30pm. See the advert on this page.
The children always enjoy taking part in this part of the proceedings and it is hoped as many parents and other residents as possible will drop by at some stage during the day to hear them singing. There is nothing better to turn-on your own Christmas spirit than a stirring children’s carol rendition so go along and join in whenever you can.