A Christmas back in time at Melford

New christmas lights on the Christmas tree in Long Melford in 2014 ANL-140812-085747009
New christmas lights on the Christmas tree in Long Melford in 2014 ANL-140812-085747009

Saint Nick and his reindeer will be the star attractions at the Melford Olde Christmas event on Sunday.

Father Christmas will be there with two of his newest reindeer - he says he needs help naming the pair and will be grateful for any suggestions children might have - with children able to meet him at his Grotto.

Unlike most places there is even guaranteed snow, with snow machines lining the streets .

There will be donkeys and wandering historical figures, carol singers and a silver band, and the day will finish at dusk with a lantern parade through the village to light up the Christmas tree on the Little Green.

Lantern-making workshops have been well-attended, with other lanterns made by pupils from the village primary school, the Beavers and Melford Court nursing home.

Melford will be revelling in the glory of Christmas from midday and entertainments will include medieval mummers’ plays, Punch and Judy, a traditional wishing tree, morris dancing, stilt walkers, juggling and a Victorian magic show.

Children will be able to pet reindeer and donkeys, visit Father Christmas in his Grotto, play under the snow and bubble machines and follow the village Reindeer Trail.

For the adults there will be spicy mulled drinks and traditional nibbles at the pubs and cafes, as well as hot chestnuts and a festive barbecue by the local butchers out on the street.

Festive sounds of carol singers, folk musicians, silver bands and Tudor musicians will fill the village.

The day will culminate in the elf and fairy-themed lantern parade at dusk from the library up through the village to the Little Green.

There the procession will pass through the doorway to Christmas to help Father Christmas and the Christmas Fairy switch on the lights on the Big Tree.

Once the tree is lit-up singers from the church and the local primary school will join everyone for a couple of Christmas carols.

The event takes place from 11am with the lantern parade 4.30pm.