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Families enjoy festivities at bustling Wymondham Wynterfest

PUBLISHED: 19:42 03 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:18 05 December 2016

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Father Christmas arrives in Wymondham.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Father Christmas arrives in Wymondham. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Festive spirit was flowing freely in a market town this weekend.

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Carol singers.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Carol singers. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Wymondham Wynterfest saw the whole town light up with festive cheer as many organisations clubbed together for the event on Saturday.

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Pete Green the Town Crier.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Pete Green the Town Crier. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The festivities in the town centre kicked off with the arrival of Santa Claus, who swept in on a horse-drawn carriage. Here he met Wymondham’s mayor Joe Mooney before being shown to his grotto.

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Grace-May Frost with her mum, Laura, at the Christmas tree exhibition in the Abbey.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Grace-May Frost with her mum, Laura, at the Christmas tree exhibition in the Abbey. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Wymondham Abbey’s spectacular third Christmas tree festival featured decorated evergreens from 33 organisations in the town including Beavers, Scouts and Guides groups, Wymondham Access Group (with a tree made out of tinsel-covered walking sticks and frames) and Wymondham Players (whose tree was adorned with momentos from past shows).

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Christmas tree exhibition at The Abbey.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Christmas tree exhibition at The Abbey. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Kings Head Meadow Playscape Group also entered a tree accompanied by a model playscape.

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Nativity scenes on display.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Nativity scenes on display. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The abbey’s own towering spruce was donated by Sir Edward and Lady Evans Lombe of Great Melton. Donations raised from the festival are going to the church and Wymondham Youth Bus.

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Father Christmas helpers.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. Father Christmas helpers. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Meanwhile the Methodist Church was celebrating the story of Jesus’ birth at its crib festival, and the library played host to a Wynter Time Travellers event with memorabilia from across the decades.

The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
George and George from the Foolhardy Circus.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016. George and George from the Foolhardy Circus. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

During the afternoon the market square was buzzing with activity as craft and food stalls offered handmade gifts and seasonal refreshments to visitors.

Musical entertainment was provided by Invidia Voices, who sang a number of popular Christmas favourites, Wymondham High School, and South Norfolk Youth Symphonic, who performed on a stage in the town green area.

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