Appledore will be holding its Christmas Festivities, including the turn on of the Christmas Lights, on Friday, December 7.

Organised and coordinated by the Appledore Visitors Association (AVA) there is a whole afternoon and evening of events planned for all ages throughout the village.

Afternoon of fun

Appledore Gift Shop will be serving mince pies from 5pm, and will host a children’s treasure hunt from 4-6.30pm.

From noon to 6.45pm the Christmas craft fair takes place in St Mary’s Hall, with mulled wine and mince pies from 4pm and Christmas songs by Hubba Choir 6-6.30pm.

At 2pm Year Six pupils from Appledore School will be performing The Christmas Story and Traditions in Appledore Hall.

John’s Delicatessen is providing ‘Festive Family Fun’ with hot dogs and hot chocolate from 3.30-5pm.

Between 3.30-6.30pm ‘The Christmas Story’ tableau will be on view at St Mary’s Church with children invited to make an angel, while between 4–6pm the Winter Wonderland Garden is available to enjoy at Market Street Kitchen.

From 4.30-6.15pm people are invited to take ‘Stable Selfies’ at the Baptist Church and from 4.30-7pm Friends of Appledore library are showing films providing ‘A Fresh Look at Appledore and North Devon’, mulled wine and mince pies in the room above the above Library.

There will be musical theatre Christmas songs performed by Total Theatre School at 4.45pm in Appledore Hall.

Docton Court Galley is offering mulled wine, juice, nibbles, and sweets between 5-6.30pm.

Santa’s Arrival

The Church Bells will be rung for half an hour at 6.30pm, the time Santa arrives in his Giglet at the Churchfield end of the Quay where the rest of the day’s events take place.

The Fun Singers provide a warm up for the carols between 7-7.15pm, when the 2018 Community Service Award will be presented.

The recipient will have been nominated by people in the village and will be someone who has selflessly, voluntarily and unassumingly helped the village to be a better place for all to live in.

On receiving the award, this year sponsored by the Flame Factory, the winner will be asked to come forward to turn on the Appledore Christmas Lights, provided to the village by Northam Town Council.

Winners of the annual AVA photographic competition ‘What I Love about Appledore’ will be invited down to be presented with their prizes by the mayor, Councillor Kenny Davis, and the Appledore Band will play carols on the quay for approximately an hour for everyone to enjoy and join in.

This full day of great events are all free of charge and everyone is welcome to join any or all of the festivities and partake of the Christmas cheer offered around the village.

Most shops and cafes will stay open until Santa arrives. In the event of bad weather some or all of the events taking place on the Quay will move into the Baptists Church.