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Sure to be a cracker
DORCHESTER will be full of festive fun at this year’s Christmas Cracker.
Details of the event, on Thursday, December 5, have been revealed, with the theme for this year the spirit of Christmas.
The county town’s traditional festive celebration will take place from 6pm to 9pm with late-night shopping, stalls and a host of entertainment.
The Christmas lights will be turned on at 6.30pm outside St Peter’s Church by Hollyoaks actress Tamaryn Payne and Britain’s Got Talent star Kai Widdrington, who are both starring in the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at Fresh-water Beach Holiday Park.
A new addition for the 2013 Cracker will also see a Christmas Craft Fair being held in the Corn Exchange on the night.
John Fiori of the Cracker committee said elements of the event will also be bigger and better.
He said: “Weather permitting we’ll also have a climbing wall and more fairground rides.
“We will also have more stalls all down South Street and High West Street.”
Mr Fiori said having Dorchester Arts and Medusa Apothecary involved in this year’s event would give the night more artistic flair and encouraged local businesses to make the most of it by keeping their doors open.
He said: “The idea of the Crack-er is that it’s the start of the Chri-stmas season for businesses.”
The night will also see Father Christmas make his way through town on a horse and carriage followed by a procession of dancing and music.
Santa will then set up in the Dorset County Museum for children to come and pay him a visit and, if they have been good this year, receive a little something.
Visitors will be able to enjoy free parking in the town’s car parks from 5pm and there will be road closures in the town centre on the night.
For more details, including a form for stallholders, visit dorchesterchristmascracker.co.uk
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