The award-winning Beverley Festival of Christmas is set to bring in the festive spirit this Sunday, offering traditional favourites alongside new attractions.
The event is one of the largest single-day Christmas festivals of its kind in the country, drawing thousands of people into the town.
This year’s festival, will offer even more festive treats for all the family including the spectacular opening parade with music, marching bands, children’s characters, sleigh-pulling mountain dogs and Santa in a sleigh pulled by real-life reindeer.
The event was recently awarded the prestigious REYTA Award for Tourism Event of the Year for the second year running, and was also a finalist in the highly regarded White Rose Awards.
The festival will be officially opened at 10am by Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Dallerup, followed by the reindeer parade and official procession.
Children will then be able to see the reindeer and Santa up until 2pm in Saturday Market.
Traditional Victorian fairground rides such as swing boats and flying chairs, as well as a falconry exhibition and an English Civil War re-enactment complete with muskets and cannons will also keep people entertained.
The thoroughbred classic car show is always a popular attraction and new for 2013 will be Christmas donkey rides for the little ones.
Street performers will also be entertaining at locations around the town and the Victorian market with 120 stalls is sure to prove popular.
The festival is organised by East Yorkshire Events, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “The Beverley Festival of Christmas is one of the East Riding’s most popular events, providing a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy the atmosphere of the festive season.
“It is so important to support local businesses and the festival offers an exceptional showcase of local produce and crafts, in the beautiful setting of this historic market town.”
For more details and information about the event, visit www.beverleyfestivalofchristmas.co.uk.