Snow and ice and the real Father Christmas – that’s the promise for Friday night’s Christmas Fayre in Market Harborough.
The snow will come courtesy of snow machines, the ice from a temporary ice-rink on The Square, and Father Christmas will be at the town’s newly-refurbished Old Grammar School in Church Square.
“It should be a magical night,” said Fayre committee chairman Sofi Vaughan.
The event, this year’s updated version of Late Night Shopping, will run from 6pm until late tomorrow.
Town centre roads will be closed to traffic from late afternoon.
This year’s event features a Victorian Food Quarter in Adam and Eve Street, live entertainment from 20 bands, choirs and solo musicians, traditional attractions, craft stalls, children’s entertainment, a Christmas Tree Festival and – of course – late opening shops.
Look out, too, for real reindeer at Manor Walk, off Coventry Road, and a classic vehicle rally down Abbey Street.
Sofi said: “The aim of the Christmas Fayre is to showcase the best of Market Harborough and promote the town as a whole, providing an unforgettable evening of traditional Christmas magic.
Road closures from 3pm include High Street, Church Street, Church Square, Adam and Eve Street, Abbey Street, Northampton Road from the market to the town centre, and St Mary’s Road from Mill Hill Road to the town centre.
Ian Joule, president of Harborough Chamber of Trade, said: “The efforts that have gone into the town’s Fayre event have been significant.
“The largely new team has been innovative, bold and tireless in creating a new vision for the town’s Christmas centrepiece.”
Father Christmas told the Mail in an exclusive interview: “I am very lucky to be spending the night in the Old Grammar School.
“I’ve been told it has had a spot of decorating done especially for my visit, so I am sure it is going to be very beautiful inside.”
Youngsters can visit Santa for £2.50, in return for a bag of gifts.
All proceeds are going to charities and organisations in the Market Harborough and the Bowdens area.
More details about the event can be found at the website www.marketharboroughchristmasfayre.com.