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Christmas events in New Milton, Lyndhurst, Ringwood, Fordingbridge, Christchurch and Lymington

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AFTER what was a very quiet Christmas last year towns and villages across the New Forest will be getting into the festive spirit from this weekend, with light switches, grottos and festive markets galore.

New Milton
Sadly, the New Milton Christmas fair tomorrow has been cancelled due to the impending Storm Arwen bringing high winds. The event may be rearranged to early next month, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Santa will be back this year (picture: Becky Takes Photos)
Santa will be back this year (picture: Becky Takes Photos)

Lyndhurst will also be lit up from 6pm tomorrow following a successful fundraising drive collected £5,000 – paralympian Aaron Phipps will be doing the honours. There will also be live music from singer songwriter Liam White from 5.15pm.

For more information visit www.christmasinlyndhurst.org

On Sunday, Ringwood is hosting its Winter Wanderland, featuring a market with more than 60 stalls, Santa's grotto and his reindeer at Star Lane and two parades at 11.30 and 5.45pm, on-stage entertainment in the Market Place, and the light switch at 6pm - courtesy of the big man himself.

There will also be a wide selection of refreshments at the event, including mulled wine and cider, hog roast, bratwurst, stone baked pizza and a well-stocked bar.

To view or pick up a copy of the programme, visit Ringwood Gateway.

The festivities continue next weekend, when Fordingbridge holds its Christmas Glow event between 2.30pm and 7pm on 11th December.

Santa will arrive by heavy horse to his grotto in the car park near Roundhill, and he will be addressing the crowds at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.

The event will also feature Christmas tunes and choir singing, a live nativity event by The Salvation Army, steam engines, and stalls selling crafts, gifts, food and drink.

A craft fair will be held in the town's United Reformed Church, kids' activities at fabric shop and pottery studio Created by You, and a Star Wars-themed event at the town hall by toy store All The Cool Stuff.

In Christchurch, the fun will be spread out throughout December with the town's inaugural Living Advent Calendar, with surprise performers daily at venues and locations across the town, including James and White, the Captain's Club, The Boathouse, Saxon Square and the Red House Museum.

The locations and supported charities are being advertised to the community in advance via social media, and organisers say this "magical" celebration will really encourage footfall into the town and reinvigorate the high street.

Pop-up events, featuring choirs, singers, bands, dance troupes, musicians and theatrical groups, will be running between 1st and 24th December, with the Christmas Eve show being held in Saxon Square

More than £8,000 has already been committed by sponsors to support local charities, including Christchurch Food Bank, Macmillan Caring Locally, the town's RNLI and The Regent Centre.

For more information visit christchurchlivingadventcalendar.org.uk or follow the advent shows on Facebook.

Lymington has cancelled its traditional light-switch event due to Covid, but the town's Saturday market will be Christmas themed on 11th December. Santa will be in his sleigh outside Corals on the High Street all day and festive tunes by Lymington Hospital Radio will be blasting out to get shoppers in the spirit.

There will also be free parking in NFDC car parks in the town.

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