With Christmas just around the corner retailers, councillors and businesses in Watford have pulled out all the stops to make sure the town is a must-go-to destination for the most ardent Christmas fan Watford counts down to Christmas with festive treats. Hundreds of people thronged the streets to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on back in November. The start of the countdown to the festive season was also marked with a spectacular firework display, a visit from Santa, carols and an appearance by some of the town’s premiership team football stars.
German Christmas market
As well as enjoying the festive light display visitors can also experience the town’s traditional German market which is on the High Street and runs until January 3 (11am–10pm). Featuring traditional wooden chalets the market offers a wide range of seasonal fare including German sausages, toys, mulled wine, German beer, stollen and gifts. There is also a beautiful carousel gracing the High Street.
Festive ice rink
To complete the festive experience a real outdoor ice rink has been installed next to the market. Adorned with twinkling lights and Christmas trees the ice rink is the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy a spot of skating before indulging in a hot drink and sweet treat in the wooden ski lodge. The rink is open until January 10 from 11am until 9pm (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).
And no Christmas would be complete without a visit to that most British of festive treats – the panto. This year the Watford Palace Theatre is hosting Dick Whittington from Friday, December 4 to Saturday, January 2. As always the show promises lots of audience participation, music, dancing, singing and of course, plenty of slapstick humour. http://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/
Children will be enchanted by this year’s Christmas grotto in the Harlequin Shopping Centre. Right up until Christmas Eve Father Christmas will be handing out gifts and making a note of special requests! Even waiting to see the jolly man himself will be a magical experience as children can have a go at building a snowman in the magical, interactive grotto. Pre-booking is advisable. http://intu.co.uk/watford/event-archive/grotto