Christmas in Hoylake will be launched with the big switch-on of 40 fabulously decorated trees at St Hildeburghs Church on Friday, December 5, at 7.30pm.
The Mexican-wave style switch-on, with the trees being lit spectacularly in quick succession, will be started by the girl or boy who wins a competition at the towns Holy Trinity Primary School. Then the three-day Christmas tree festival now in its fifth year will begin with a Christmas concert and singalong led by renowned Wirral guitar and vocals group Brian Lupton and Friends.
Over Saturday and Sunday there will numerous childrens activities, from face-painting to cake-decorating; a bustling Christmas market offering festive gifts, decorations and much more; plus tasty refreshments. Santa Claus will dispense goodwill from his grotto from 11.30am on Saturday.
Live music and dance throughout the festival will include performances by Mockbeggar Morris Dancers, Holy Trinity School choir, Anamal Dance Company and Choir, St Johns Junior Choir and Handbell Ringers, Hoylake Choral Society and PARK music band.
The cost of entry is frozen for the fourth year running at £2.50 for adults and is free to accompanied children. Both kids and adults receive three cards and use them to vote for their favourite tree in three categories original, fun and elegant. The festival will close with a traditional candlelit Christingle service at 4pm on Sunday, December 7.
Most of the church is wheelchair-accessible but trees displayed in a side chapel up steps will be shown on an audiovisual system so that visitors with mobility problems will be able to admire every tree.
Festival proceeds will be shared between St Hildeburghs and a number of charities.
The full weekend programme is on the church’s website at www.sthildeburgh.org.
Media release issued on behalf of St Hildeburghs Church, Hoylake, by Peter Surridge, hon publicity officer (0151-632-5507).