With the changing nature of the world, Test Valley Borough Council had taken a fresh look at Christmas activities and developed a series of community led projects to keep Christmas celebrations on track. Lockdown has forced some more creative thinking to try and keep the Christmas cheer alive, and some changes have been made to festive plans for the last weekend in November.
The Andover Christmas Tree Festival will no longer be a public event with the finished trees on display outside, but schools are still busy collecting and decorating their tree panels. They will then take photographs and videos of the creative process which the council will collate and share on social media for all to view.
To complement the Christmas Tree Festival, a Christmas Market was planned for 29 November in the town centre. This has now moved to Sunday, 13 December and will join forces with the Artisan market which was due to take place the following weekend. The combined market will feature a wide range of stall holders, live music, hot food and pre-bookable children’s festive craft activities.
Still able to go ahead, spreading Christmas spirit throughout the town and further afield, will be the Andover Window Wanderland walking art trail to light up the winter streets. Residents have been encouraged to decorate their windows and register on the Window Wanderland website to create a light map for the town and local environs. Families can check out the windows in their local area on 28 and 29 November between 5pm and 9pm. To find out how to take part, and for a map of where to find the windows visit: www.windowwanderland.com/event/andover-2020/ This is not a formal trail with a start and end point, so families can take part where and when they want to in a socially distanced and safe way, and enjoy a stroll in the fresh air at the same time.
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Phil North, said:
The second lockdown has forced us to be more creative about how we can safely enjoy some festive fun in Andover. It may look a little different to what we had planned, and be a little less traditional, but I am delighted that residents in and around Andover can still enjoy the build up to Christmas.
These Christmas events are designed and provided by Test Valley Borough Council in conjunction with Andover Vision.
Photo: B&W Bird window