Christmas in Petworth set to be special

Christmas in Petworth Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131669-4 ENGSUS00120130812113956
Christmas in Petworth Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131669-4 ENGSUS00120130812113956

THE Petworth Christmas lights committee is promising its most spectacular event to date.

This year the town council’s Christmas lights committee has joined forces with St Mary’s Church and the National Trust at Petworth House to present a spectacular lantern procession together with a live nativity.

On Saturday, December 6, the procession will start at 5pm at St Mary’s Church before making its way down the cobbles of Lombard Street and into the Market Square.

St Mary’s Church choir in full robes will lead the way as lantern bearers accompany the holy family, Wise Men and shepherds, complete with donkey and goats.

Anyone is welcome to take part in the procession.

Either go to the special Courtyard Shop behind the Christmas Tree and join in the Lantern Workshop, from 11am-4pm, or simply pick up a lantern to use later.

The day will kick off at 11am with live singers in the square, gift stalls and food and drink.

Santa’s grotto will be found in The Leconfield Hall alongside a number of other children’s activities.

On December 6, there will be late-night Christmas shopping and the hugely-popular window display competition throughout the town.

Many shops will also take part in the live window display, which draws huge crowds every year.

The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by Lord Egremont, followed by the window competition prizes and the Petworth Town Band leading everyone in carols and music.

Volunteers and stewards are needed on December 5 and 6.

Email Tony Sneller on tonysneller@gmail.com for details.