Barton Christmas Festival
Barton Christmas Festival is an annual event and is usually held on the last
weekend of November. Historically it has been a two-day event, with the
opening on the Friday evening and the main events carrying on into Saturday
afternoon, but for 2008 it reverted to a one day event held on the Saturday. Many people turn out to
see the Salvation Army Band open the festival and then peruse the stalls and
shops. In a bid to make the festival more of a traditional festival
fairground rides are to be kept to a minimum from now on. Local pupils are
usually called upon to switch on the Christmas tree lights. Santa usually
visits the town, often pulled by his reindeer (but sometimes by other means),
and he usually sets off from Tesco's at 2pm. He
leads the parade up Fleegate, along and down High Street, up King Street and
into George Street where he usually parks his reindeer in a ready made compound. There
is also usually a second parade, a lantern parade, from local children. This sets off from the same
place but later in the day. There are usually plenty of stalls,
street entertainment and things to eat and do.
|The Salvation Army Band opening the festival.
||The charity stalls along the top of High Street.
|Father Christmas passing 51 Fleetgate
||Father Christmas being led by his reindeer