Cirencester is full of Christmas cheer and Cirencester Town Council is undertaking a post-event survey, to
collate feedback from businesses, traders and visitors about the Advent Markets, Light Switch On and
Click HERE or visit https://cirencestertown.commonplace.is/ to take part in the short survey and share
your thoughts on the event. Organisers will then review all feedback when planning for next year.
The festivities kicked off on November 26th with the Advent Markets & Light Switch On. Thousands
came to the town to visit the extended market, to see performances in the Parish church, and be part of
the first ‘in person’ Christmas lights switch on since 2019. There followed another extended market with
street entertainment on Sunday 27th November with the first of the town’s weekend Christmas Markets
held on the Market Place on the 3rd & 4th December.
As well as a full programme of live performances featuring local talent, the Advent weekend also included
a visit from Santa and his support team from Cirencester Round Table, Victorian carol singers, Nutcracker
Soldier stilt walkers, snow machines, and pop up street performances. Vernon Harwood compered the
event and introduced the official switch on of the lights, which was accompanied by festive carol signing
and silent fireworks from the church tower.
“Fantastic turn out by everyone who took part, helped or just watched, a brilliant community event,
making us all proud to live in Cirencester” Cllr Gary Selwyn, Lead Member, Community Services.
The events were organised by Cirencester Town Council, assisted by generous sponsorship from local
businesses, including main sponsors, Sewell Mullings Logie solicitors, to celebrate Christmas and bring
additional visitors into the town. Other sponsors included Watermoor Point, Rangeford Villages –
Siddington Park, Cain and Fuller, Wenn Townsend and Alison Fielden & Co.
Becky Coles, Community Services Manager said: “We’re delighted to have been able to deliver our full
schedule of Christmas events this year, after the restrictions of Covid, and then the disappointment of
cancelling last year’s event due to Storm Arwen. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves,
creating such a wonderful atmosphere, and bringing a boost to trade across the town.
We know this is a really important time of year for local businesses and we are very pleased with the extra footfall the events generated, we have had such positive feedback and look forward to working on next year’s event.”
Cirencester Town Council would like to thank all the community and organisations that worked together
to make the Advent weekend such a great success. Click HERE or visit https://cirencestertown.commonplace.is/ to take part in the short survey.