I’ve heard Christmas music in the local coffee shops… so it’s officially not too early to start getting festive!
To help you get in the mood, and get some early gift shopping in, there is plenty going on in Marlow – with 5 different Christmas Markets/Bazaars in November, then moving on to the popular late night shopping and carol events. Here’s the run-down:
Late November is full of Christmas Markets…
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fun for all ages!
Festive hot food and drinks
Greeting card, jewellery and candles
Handmade gifts, decorations and confection.
Roller Disco (£3.50), raffle, tombola and much more!
Sat Nov 26 – Marlow Christmas Market – Crowne Plaza 10am – 4pm
Entrance is FREE so come along and see what we have to make your festive season go with a little more sparkle this year
Stalls will be selling unusual and original gifts and everything from to wine and cheese to cakes and sweets.
Small independent businesses will be there as well as some big hitters like John Lewis who will be promoting their Christmas Department.
And we’ll be getting in the Christmas mood with carol singers, mulled wine and mince pies.
The venue is the Crowne Plaza and the hotel is currently involving local schools in the event by running a Christmas card design competition. The Mayor of Marlow, Jocelyn Towns, will be at the Christmas Market to present the winner with their prize.
Sat Nov 26 Christmas Bazaar – Marlow C of E Infant School 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Come and see Santa and join in the festive fun at Marlow C of E Infant School.
There will be arts and crafts for the children to enjoy, with lucky dips, face painting and second hand toys for those pocket money purchases.
We will have a raffle, tombola and a silent auction for the grown-ups and a Christmas café for everyone, serving turkey rolls, hot dogs, mulled wine and much more.
Santa will be paying us a special visit and is looking forward to hearing what you would like for Christmas. Remember, Santa will be there when the doors open at 12 and we hope to welcome you there too.
Location: Marlow C of E Infant School, Sandygate Road, Marlow, SL7 3AZ. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Nov 26 Christmas Bazaar – Marlow Bottom 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Marlow Bottom Pre-school Playgroup are holding their Christmas Bazaar at the Village Hall, Marlow Bottom.
Attractions include a fabulous Santa’s Grotto, Face Painting, Children’s Craft table, Silent Auction with loads of great items to bid on, a Raffle and a Tree of Goodies full of prizes, tombola and lucky dip. We’ve been very generously supported by local companies so you could win some fabulous prizes before Christmas. Cake Sale and refreshments, including mulled wine on offer.
Thu Nov 24 Christmas Fayre – Great Marlow School 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Due to the success of the last two years, Friends of Great Marlow School (the school’s PTA) are again holding a Christmas Market at the school.
Email email@example.com if you are interested in a stall (cost is £15 per table) or for more information.
Then into December – It’s all about the Late night shopping and Carols
Thu Dec 08 – Marlow Late Night Shopping
Once again, Marlow Chamber of Trade and Commerce are organising the hugely successful Late Night Shopping event on Thursday the 8th December.
The Late Night Shopping event commences at 6.00pm with the Christmas tree lights being turned on by the Mayor, accompanied by a short carol service including the choir from Great Marlow School . There will be a ‘no room at the inn’ procession from the top of the High St from 5.45pm and Santa has his own grotto.
The High Street is closed off from 3.30pm to enable an array of stalls, both charitable and commercial, to set up ready for the opening when they will then display and sell their goods.
A number of shops in the High Street, West Street and Spittal Street will be open until 9.00pm – the event is an excellent opportunity for Christmas shopping.
This is a hugely popular event for families and really kicks off the Christmas celebrations in Marlow with an atmosphere of fun and music – fingers crossed for good weather!
Sat Dec 17 – Christmas Carol Concert 7:30 PM
Compère: Peter Gibbs BBC Weather Forecaster, Conductor: Jackie Duxbury
with instrumentalists Frances and Martin Jones
Shelley Theatre, Court Garden Leisure Centre, Marlow SL7 2AE
Tickets £10, will be available from 07976 848002, and from WPS (Spittal St.) from 29th November.
Charities supported: Jubilee Sailing Trust and South Bucks Hospice
Mon Dec 19 – Carols on the Causeway
A wonderful traditional family event held around the Christmas tree on the Causeway. Come along and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at the Causeway from 6.30pm and receive some Christmas chocolates.
Carol singing will start at 7.15pm approximately with musical accompaniment by Marlow Town Band.
This is a well attended event – over 300 last year- and is a great way to get into the festive spirit!
And finally, dont forget that Christmas card, calendars (both charity and Marlow themed) are avialable from the Marlow Information Centre and the United Reform Church , as detailed in our previous blog.