A Christmas to remember in Welwyn Hatfield
This year's Christmas festivities across the Welwyn Hatfield borough have just begun and the details of events and activities have been confirmed.
In Welwyn Garden City, the Christmas lights, which have been funded by the businesses of Welwyn Garden City through the Welwyn Garden City BID, were turned on virtually and a video has been released which has been viewed over 32,000 times on Facebook.
The WGC Christmas Trail opened on 20 November and offers eight wonderful locations to discover around the town, including the giant Christmas Teddy, the new Penguin Music Box and the Magical Fountain. To follow the trail, download the LoyalFree app and scan the QR code at all locations to win prizes.
Also in Welwyn Garden City is the Wonderful Winter Wonderland colouring competition with a chance to win a voucher to spend in The Entertainer. The winning design will be chosen as the official 2020 Wonderful Welwyn Garden City Christmas e-card. Download a template from www.wonderfulwgc.co.uk, and children can use pens, paint or stickers for their creations. Competition entries need to be posted by Friday 11 December in the special post box on the first floor of the Howard Centre, outside Supercuts.
Hatfield Town Centre has risen to the challenge of lockdown this year by doing things a little differently, with the lights being turned on virtually. The video of the lights switch-on can be viewed on their Facebook page. Christmas lighting in Hatfield includes the illuminated Christmas tree and icicle-shaped lights around the buildings in White Lion Square, lights in The Arcade and in the large tree in Kennelwood car park. In Market Place, there is new lighting netting and projected blue lighting in the ground, as a mark of gratitude to the NHS this year. New for 2020, there are also large light up decorations including a Teddy, a Snowman and a giant Top Hat!
A festive favourite returns with the Dear Santa letter writing competition and the chance to win £100 vouchers to spend in either Hatfield or Welwyn Garden City, plus an exclusive bubble screening of a film for up to six* people in the cinema at Campus West, subject to government regulations. Children can pen their letter to Santa and then post it to him in one of the special post boxes located in Hatfield in front of the Christmas tree in White Lion Square and on the second floor of The Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City.
Download a Dear Santa letter template here.
The winning letter will be announced and the prize will be given to the lucky winner on Saturday 12 December at Campus West.
During the festive period, there will be steel bands playing in both town centres, but due to coronavirus restrictions, all other live entertainment has been postponed in order to ensure social distancing.
Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Partnerships, said:
All these events mark the start of the most magical time of the year, in a year when Christmas may be tougher for some. Our hope is that our wonderful lights will spread some Christmas cheer for the people of Welwyn Hatfield and that the events will offer the perfect way for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit.
Although there can't be the usual Christmas lights switch-on events this year, the illuminations and activities across our two main town centres promise an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
OJ Daya, Chairman of the Welwyn Garden City BID, said:
It's been a tough and challenging year for everyone so we've had to think on our feet, but the magic of Christmas is still very much alive in the town centre. Thank you to everyone that continues to support our local businesses.
The WGC Christmas Trail and lights will remain until New Year's Day and the Hatfield illuminations will remain until mid-January.
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