Christmas Events 2012
Christmas Lights, Events and More
It's going to be bright lights, plenty of decoration - plus, hopefully, a little bit of the glitz and glamour of celebrity.
As ever, the biggest events will being taking place in the town centre and Old Town - and here's all the details...
Christmas Lights switch-on
Customers are invited to join Swindon Designer Outlet in starting their Christmas celebrations as they switch on their lights.
When: Saturday, 17 November 2012
Where: Swindon Designer Outlet, Kemble Drive
The singing sensation - who is now in the X-Factor final - will be joined by Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio in Wharf Green as part of a huge programme of entertainment.
The evening kicks off at 5pm with performances from some of Swindonís finest dancing and musical talent including The Big Sing, Ovation Dance and Swindon Dance.
The lights will officially come on at 7pm, before a dazzling firework display brings the evening to a close.
Where: Wharf Green
When: 05 DECEMBER
Time: Entertainment starts from 5pm
Always a popular event in the Swindon Christmas diary, and this year's Old Town Christmas light switch-on was no different!
Crowds gathered from 6pm onwards to help with count down to the big switch-on.
When: Thursday, 29 November 2012
Where: Wood Street, Old Town
Festivities Start: 6.00pm
Lights Switch-on: 7.00pm
Once again a bumper crowd gathered in the market square to enjoy the switching-on of the Christmas lights, plus music from the Highworth Silver band, mince pies, fairground rides, carol singing and even an appearance from Santa on his sleigh!
When: Friday, 30 November 2012
Where: Highworth Market Square
Time: 6.30pm onwards
On Friday 07 December, itís Wootton Bassettís magical Christmas lights switch-on.
The fun starts at 6.00pm with the arrival of Santa Claus, his Elves AND his real reindeer!
Adding to the festivities will be a full brass band, Mystic Ruth, fairground and Christmas carols by the beautifully lit Christmas tree.
Many of the local shops will be open late and there will also be a number of gift & food stalls to help you get your Christmas shopping under way!
When: Friday, 07 December 2012
Where: High Street, Wootton Bassett
Santa Arrives: 6.00pm
Lights Switch-on: 6.15pm
Festival of Light Parade
A fantastic family event in Swindon town centre.
Meeting up at the Town Hall in Regent Circus at 6.00pm, the lantern procession follows Regent Street, through the twinkling festive lights of the Christmas Market along Canal Walk and into Wharf Green where carols will be sung under an amazing 40ft Christmas tree.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
When: Thursday 06 December
Where: Swindon town centre
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Itís a busy time for Santa and he needs a bit of help. So The Parade shopping centre have come to the rescue with an elf training school!
Budding little elves can visit the elf grotto situated in front of Debenhams where they can start their transformation into elves.
First they will get rosy cheeks (painted on their faces) and an elf hat. Then they can have some fun with the elf treasure trail.
Just follow the simple clues on the treasure trail form and visit stores in The Parade to collect pictures of Christmas gifts.
Once your apprentice elves have found all the treasure trail pictures, return to the grotto to collect a graduation certificate and be transformed into a fully-qualified elf!
Best of all, the event is completely FREE!
For the grown-ups who spend more than £30 in The Parade there will be a free festively-wrapped tree decoration (T's & C's apply, see website for details).
When: Saturday 01 and Sunday 02 December 2012 Saturday 08 and Sunday 09 December 2012
Time: Between 11am and 4pm
Where: Outside Debenhams
Enjoy this Christmas celebration with seasonal music performed by the choir and plenty of traditional carols for the audience to join in with too!
This year Highworth Choral Society Christmas Concert are pleased to present a selection from 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols'.
When: Saturday, 10 December 2011
Where: St Michaelís Church
Time: Doors open 7:00pm, performance starts at 7:30pm
Over 65 - £7.00
Under 16's - Free
Start Christmas in style with this delightful and unforgettable festive trip down memory lane back to a time Christmas really was so special.
Lots of good old fashioned festive fun!
When: Thursday, 20 December 2012
Where: Swindon Arts Centre
Enjoy an outdoor carol concert in the beautiful winter setting of Swindon's Queen's Park.
A chance to enjoy the delights of the Christmas season with a cup of hot mulled wine and the prospect of a very special visitor for the children!
No booking required.
When: Sunday, 09 December 2012
Where: Queenís Park (Meet at Queenís Park Cafe)
Time: 6.00pm - 7:00pm
Taking place between 10.00 am-5.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, the Christmas event will include over 40 market stalls, placed among the famous locomotives and GWR story-telling exhibition areas.
Christmas displays will include a wide range of unusual and hand-made gifts, confectionery and fayre. Santa will also be in his Grotto, accompanied by his helpful elves.
When: Sat 01 & Sun 02 December 2012
Where: STEAM Museum
Time: 10am - 5.00pm
Something A Bit Different?
The 6th annual Swindon Santa Dash gives you the opportunity to do just that! This year, thereís a 5k Run and a lighter 2.5k Walk around Swindonís picturesque Coate Water.
If you don't want to take part yourself, why not go along and support those crazy people who do - itís sure to be lots of festive fun!
When: Sunday, 09 December 2012
Where: Coate Water Country Park
Time: registration at 10:00am, entertainment at 11.00am
For 2012 the Wyvern Theatre Wyvern Theatre is thrilled to present the enchanting family adventure Aladdin.
Audiences can be guaranteed to be entertained by one of the nation's favourites - Keith Chegwin - who plays a lead role in the production.
Aladdin is a wish come true - packed with all the traditional Wyvern Theatre panto ingredients of side - splitting comedy, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and a fantastic cast!
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Carol singing concerts, markets, Christmas bazaars and more - you'll find it listed here