Festive fun on offer with the return of popular Christmas events

Festive fun will be on offer in Great Malvern, Malvern Link and Upton as the Christmas celebrations return.

The popular Great Malvern Christmas Festival will be back at the town centre on Saturday, 26 November from 10am to 7pm.

Organised by Malvern Town Council, in partnership with Malvern Hills District Council and Boffy Events and Markets, the free event will see the return of family-fun entertainment including the animatronic polar bear, an Artisan Arts and Food Market in the Priory grounds, as well as live music on Belle Vue Island.

Morris dancers will be seen throughout the town and Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 10am until 3.30pm at Great Malvern Library, where there will be seasonal activities and workshops.

The stars of Malvern Theatres' Beauty and the Beast Panto will lead the lantern parade which will head up to Belle Vue Island for the Christmas Light Switch On.

Children will also be able to take part in a new interactive video Children's Christmas Window Trail.

The following weekend will see Malvern Link become a hub of Christmas spirit with the 'Christmas in the Link' event from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, 2 December.

The community of Malvern Link are presenting an evening of carol singing, Santa's Grotto, festive stalls, late night shopping with local independent businesses, children's craft activities, charity tombola and a Christmas tree light switch on. Local choirs and groups will also be spreading festive joy.

A Christmas in Upton event will be held in Upton Memorial Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 3 December. Visitors will enjoy live music throughout the day, festive activities and free festive refreshments from participating shops.

Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "It is wonderful to see so much festive fun happening across Great Malvern, Malvern Link and Upton this year, as well as other events in Tenbury. There is an abundance of free activities for families to enjoy, as well as opportunities to support our local traders".

Cllr Nick Houghton, Mayor of Malvern, said: "Malvern Town Council are once again working with Malvern Hills District Council to make a memorable day and kickstart the Christmas festivities in Great Malvern which will be bursting with things to do for the entire day. Please come along and enjoy a day of Christmas festivities which will of course include switching on of the town's Christmas lights. As the Mayor of Malvern, I will be working hard with other councillors and Malvern Town Council staff to make the day a great success for all".

Visit www.visitthemalverns.org/christmascomestotown for more information about festive events in the Malvern Hills District.

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