The St Albans Christmas Cracker Street Festival will take place in the City Centre from noon until 6pm on Sunday 17 November.
St Peter’s Street will be closed to traffic to help create a safe and vibrant atmosphere. Among the attractions will be live music, a Santa’s grotto, scores of market stalls, funfair rides, a giant snow globe and street performers. Much of the family-friendly entertainment will be free with something to suit people of all ages.
The highlight of the event, organised by St Albans City and District Council, will be the switching on of a combination of illuminations as darkness falls around 5pm.
These will include Christmas lights spanning St Peter’s Street lamp columns, the Alban Arena Christmas tree and special feature pieces. This will take place at two locations so that as many people as possible can get close to the action.
At the Clock Tower, the Mayor of St Albans – Councillor Janet Smith – will host the switching on of illuminations on the historic building and surrounding feature pieces.
There will also be a countdown at the stage opposite the Beech House before a pyrotechnics display and the switching on of the St Peter’s Street column lights. The feature pieces and other lights have been financed by City Centre businesses, via the St Albans Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with other business sponsors.
The attractions include:
- The Taxi Rank Stage: live music from a host of popular acts including the Hubba Bubba Band, Maida Vales, Kings of Herts, Make Believe St Albans, Excel Performing Arts and St Albans Bollywood.
- Market Traders: more than 100 stalls selling a vast range of novelty gifts, seasonal produce and street food.
- Poppycock Winter Wonderland Bar: mulled wine, luxury chocolate drinks and festive cocktails are among the beverages that will be on offer.
- Clock Tower Corner: street performers and musical entertainment will all be based at this scenic location.
- St Albans Museum + Gallery: Santa’s grotto and in the learning studio, a workshop where children can make eco-friendly wrapping paper to take away.
- Children’s Christmas Crafts Tent: a free activity where children of all ages can make their own Christmas bauble to take home.
Source: St Albans City & District Council news release