Ringwood to be turned into Hogwarts for best Christmas event in years

Ringwood to be turned into Hogwarts for best Christmas event in years

Ringwood to be turned into Hogwarts for best Christmas event in years

First published in New Forest News

THE sun may be shining and temperature soaring, but big plans are being made to turn Ringwood into a scene from Hogwarts' Hogsmeade Village for Christmas this year.

“Christmas in Ringwood will be back in a big way”, said Ringwood Town Council clerk Steve Nash.

Sponsorship, business backing and the town council's Lottery bid is hoped will transform the High Street into a magical winter wonderland, complete with Victorian lamps, Christmas trees and snow.

Santa will make his home in the Market Place on December 6, when the new Christmas lights will be switched on and a torchlight procession, choirs and mischievous elves will flood the town with Christmas magic for the all-day event.

Mr Nash said: “Ringwood will look like a scene from Harry Potter. We will have guaranteed snow, Victorian lamps and for the first time in years, the town council has invested and bought new Christmas lights.

“Motorists will see Christmas in Ringwood illuminating the A31. It is a time to engage with the whole community. It should be an exciting day.”

A Christmas tree will stand in the Market Place and outside the Gateway building.

Ringwood's Christmas Reindeer Parade, organised by the town's chamber of trade and commerce and a community fixture since 1991, came to an end in 2011, falling victim to the economic climate and a lack of resources to keep it going.

The town has made a number of attempts to revive the parade over the last three years, most notably when local businessman Jim Stride stepped in to save the festivities that year.

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1:02pm Tue 17 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

Surely this is a joke? It's the middle of June! Or is it April the first?
Surely this is a joke? It's the middle of June! Or is it April the first? karlmarx
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4:01pm Tue 17 Jun 14

AuraTodd says...

Always one isn't there?

He means the event is taking place in December, not now! Fair play to Ringwood nice to see someone attempt to have fun at Christmas and not be miserable and complain about it when someone does something different,
Always one isn't there? He means the event is taking place in December, not now! Fair play to Ringwood nice to see someone attempt to have fun at Christmas and not be miserable and complain about it when someone does something different, AuraTodd
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2:06am Wed 18 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

AuraTodd wrote:
Always one isn't there?

He means the event is taking place in December, not now! Fair play to Ringwood nice to see someone attempt to have fun at Christmas and not be miserable and complain about it when someone does something different,
No, there isn't always one!
If you can actually read you might notice that I did not state that they are celebrating Christmas NOW. I merely pointed out that preparations for Christmas start earlier and earlier each year, June to be precise this year. Can we look forward to Christmas cards in the shops next week too?
Who's complaining? If your life is so dull that getting excited over Christmas in June is a major event then go for it. I do enjoy Christmas, at Christmas time though, summer holidays, fishing and walking in summer for me, enjoy!
[quote][p][bold]AuraTodd[/bold] wrote: Always one isn't there? He means the event is taking place in December, not now! Fair play to Ringwood nice to see someone attempt to have fun at Christmas and not be miserable and complain about it when someone does something different,[/p][/quote]No, there isn't always one! If you can actually read you might notice that I did not state that they are celebrating Christmas NOW. I merely pointed out that preparations for Christmas start earlier and earlier each year, June to be precise this year. Can we look forward to Christmas cards in the shops next week too? Who's complaining? If your life is so dull that getting excited over Christmas in June is a major event then go for it. I do enjoy Christmas, at Christmas time though, summer holidays, fishing and walking in summer for me, enjoy! karlmarx
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