Christmas comes to campus in Week Nine

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Week Nine will see the Bonington Step and Fylde courtyard transformed into a Christmas Festival for everyone to enjoy.

Christmas Festival, an evolved version from last year when a similar festival was run under the name WinterFest, will take place on the Thursday and Friday.

Last year’s WinterFest celebration proved a great success, with dozens of societies performing, an ice-skating rink and market stalls selling mulled wine and warm food.

This year aims to be bigger than the last. Again a Christmas market will be here, with stalls selling homemade Christmas cards, gifts, themed cakes, bratwurst, mulled wine and much more. The market will be running on Thursday December, 9 from 12-8pm, extending it’s stay on the Friday by an hour to close at 9pm. There will also be an area next to the market where various societies will be showcasing what they do best but in Christmas form. The performances look set to include everything from carol singing and music to dance troupes.

Father Christmas himself will be making an appearance in Santa’s Grotto alongside some real reindeer, which will be sure to bring an authentic Christmas feel to campus. A traditional fairground featuring a Ferris wheel and a helter-skelter will also be visiting Christmas Festival, and the rides will be free of charge.

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