Richmond prepares for weekend of Christmas festivities

Stalls at a previous Christmas Market.

Richmond is preparing for a weekend of festivities as the countdown to Christmas begins.

The fun starts on Friday night with the switching on of the the Christmas lights in the Friary Gardens at 7pm tonight.

Music will be provided by Stockton Scouts and Santa will be popping in.

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The annual Christmas Tree Festival will also begin tonight from 6pm at Richmond Methodist Church, in Queens Road.

There will be entertainment from Musicality Ladies’ Choir, as well as soup and hot drinks available, and face painting and glow sticks for children.

As part of the festival. 20 stars have been hidden around Richmond for this year’s Christmas Trail.

They are hidden in locations and shop windows around Richmond. Find them all to claim a prize.

Entry to the festival  free with all money raised going to local charities.

For more details on the festival, which runs until December 9, click here.

To coincide with the Christmas lights switch on, The Station will have an evening of late night shopping until 9pm.

On Saturday, Richmond Methodist Church will hold a Christmas fair from 10am to 1pm, with crafts, food and drinks, games, festive music, and a chance to browse the Christmas Tree Festival.

Richmond Town Christmas Market will then take place on Sunday.

There will be a wide variety of local food, drink, craft and gift stalls on the cobbles as well as an indoor market of stalls in the Green Howards Museum.

Chic Vintique will also hosting a selection of boutique stalls inside the Town Hall.

The indoor market hall and many local shops, pubs and cafes will also open for the day to take part in the celebrations.

Father Christmas will be in position in the town hall.

There will also be a host of entertainment on the stage which will showcase the best of local talent from dancers and singers to brass and military bands.

Those performing include the Royal Armoured Corps Band, local performer Olivia Kate Smith, the Rhythm &  Shoes Dance Academy, Richmond Operatic Society, the WAGS Choir and Reeth Brass Band.

With street performances and traditional fairground rides there will be plenty to keep the family entertained between acts.

The Army are also getting involved with a display of military vehicles.

The Station will get involved with a Christmas card making and bauble design event from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the platform.

Chairing the committee of volunteers this year, Dennis Graves, from Mocha Chocolate Shop, said: “This year we have worked hard to bring Christmas to Richmond for all the family with entertainment, festive food and drinks and stalls to browse for your unique gifts from Richmond.”

The market will take place between 10am and 4pm.

Santa will be in the mayor’s parlour in the town hall.

The event is free.

Further information including details on the Richmond School Park and Ride and a map of the market is available her Christmas Market website and on the Facebook Page.

On Sunday, there will also be activities at Richmond Swimming Pool.

The Finkle Street Singers, will be singing between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm.

There is also a table top Sale on between 10am and 2pm.

There are still tables available.

They cost £5 and sellers should arrive from 9am.

For more information call 01748 824581 or email