Christmas in Yeovil
Released On 9th Nov 2021
If you live in Yeovil, there are many reasons to be proud of your home town. It seems very easy to find the negatives when looking at where you live, but you don’t have to try too hard to find some positive things to see and do.
Love Yeovil has been lucky enough to receive backing from The European Regional Development Fund's Welcome Back Fund (administered by HMG and South Somerset District Council). The fund aims to welcome shoppers back to the high street safely post Covid.
This funding will be used to put on events and activities which the community can join in with for free to make their experience in town a positive one. Events that are planned for the coming months include live music, free pop-up art workshops for children and many great Christmas events such as Santa’s Post Office and the Lantern Parade. Details about all of these events can be found on our event page.
The Festival of Light is the theme for events and activities over the winter period, including Christmas activities. The Festival of Light kicks off on 19th November with the Christmas Light Switch On. The town centre lights will be turned on in a smaller than usual ceremony to allow people space to gather safely for the event. The event will start at 5 pm with live music, a fire and an LED street performer.
The Lantern Parade has been moved to 17th December and will take place separately. Both the Lantern Parade and the Christmas Light Switch On will take place outside St John’s Church. Love Yeovil will also be running two free to attend Lantern Making workshops on 20th November and 4th December, places need to be booked in advance for these workshops. In addition, there will be 100 free lantern making kits given away for families to make lanterns at home, generously sponsored by Yeovil Town Council.
From 27th November, Santa’s Post Office will be open at weekends and then from 18-23rd December inclusive. This is a free interactive event for children to come and meet the Elves, and write a letter to Santa. They will then post their letter and track the letter on the screen as it goes on its journey; anyone who writes a letter to Santa will also receive a reply. Santa’s Post Office will be at 19/20 High Street, just down from the old Argos Shop.
A new market for Yeovil will take place on 27th November kindly supported by Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants. This market will be focusing on arts and produce made locally in the South West, the stalls will be in and around the High Street, King George’s Street and Middle Street.
Live performances from local musicians and interactive acts such as Toy Soldiers and Christmas Elves will also feature in the program of events for Christmas happening on various Saturday’s throughout November and December.