Lifting the lid on Christmas in the Axe Valley

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 December 2012

Seaton Town Crier David Craner will be out on the streets this Friday proclaiming the Christmas message. Picture by Terry Ife

Seaton Town Crier David Craner will be out on the streets this Friday proclaiming the Christmas message. Picture by Terry Ife


Enjoy the festivities in Axminster and Seaton today (Friday).

Christmas officially gets under way in towns and villages across the Axe Valley this week.

Axminster and Seaton will be spreading the festive cheer today (Friday) with a packed programme of events.

At Axminster Santa will be the VIP visitor as a host of activities take place around Trinity Square between 5.30pm and 8pm.

Axminster’s Karizma Majorettes will be giving demonstrations of their baton-twirling skills and music will be provided by the acclaimed Lyme Regis Town Band, who were such a popular attraction last time.

There will be performances by local choirs and carol singing – with a barbecue, mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy.

A Punch and Judy show will be there to entertain the younger visitors.

Festive Friday, a popular annual event, is again being organised by the Rotary Club of Axminster whose volunteers work hard to make it a superb launch pad for the festive season in the town.

If the weather is bad then activities will be moved to the Minster Church nearby.

Members of Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce have organised their town’s Christmas festival again this year.

Friday’s events start at 4pm and late-night shopping continues until 8pm.

There will be horse and carriage rides with Devon Country Carriages from 4.30pm with pick up points at the coach park, the tramway and Boots.

Other events planned for the afternoon and evening include:

4pm – 6pm: Seaton town crier will be proclaiming a seasonal message of goodwill.

3pm – 9pm: Christmas fayre organised by Seaton’s Voice in the town hall.

5pm – Parade lanterns on sale at 50p outside the town hall.

5pm – Santa grotto for dogs – bring you pet to meet Father Christmas at Animal Botanical, 9 Queen Street, and receive a canine gift.

5.15pm – Candlelit procession from the town hall to The Square.

5.25pm – Seaton Primary School Choir sing carols. On the stage at The Square.

5.35pm – Open air carol service with Axe Valley Community Choir and Christians Together in Seaton. Musical director is Edward Jacobs.

6pm – Christmas lights are switched on by mayor Peter Burrows.

6.25pm – Father Christmas arrives in The Square.

6.30pm – Winner of best dressed Christmas window display is announced and the holder of the lucky programme.

6.30pm – Children’s open air snow storm disco.

7pm – Christmas raffle draw.

7.30pm – Axe Valley Community Choir perform at the town hall.

There will also be ice skating outside Tesco.

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