Christmas Extravaganza 2014

November 29, 2014

Today was probably the hottest Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza Day on record. It was a lovely sunny day in late November.
Christmas Extravaganza
The Mayor, Councillor Angela Lawrence – a long time advocate of Fair Trade, visited the Fair Trade Christmas Bazaar, at St Ethelwold’s House, in the morning.
Christmas Extravaganza
There was no best shop window competition this year. But looking round, and I am no judge, it would have been between Fabulous Flowers …
Christmas Extravaganza
and Oxfam. Snow was falling throughout the day on the Reindeer inside the window. If they don’t turn the snow off soon it will drift.
Christmas Extravaganza
At midday, waiting in Queens Street Carpark for the start of the Christmas Extravaganza Parade, were the Mayor, Mace Bearer, Town Crier, and Town Clerk.
Christmas Extravaganza
Various community groups were also waiting to take part in the midday parade, including some junior members of the cast of a play that will be performed in the Unicorn Theater from Wednesday 10th December to Sunday 14th December – called Scrooge. More Info Here.
Christmas Extravaganza
The Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band led the parade.
Christmas Extravaganza
Throughout the day people visited Abingdon shops, and coffee shops. They ate Hog roasted by the Crown and Thistle, partook of beer brewed by Loose Cannon Brewery, and enjoyed entertainment provided by many community groups. Pictured above are the Abingdon Community Choir.
Christmas Extravaganza
The day ended with fire juggling…

The Christmas Lights were switched on (pictures to follow) …
Christmas Extravaganza
and fireworks.

More pictures of the day on AbingdonBlog Facebook.

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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Angela  |  November 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

    What a wonderful event it was, from beginning to end, best yet. Well done Chamber. Lots of things going on, lots of people, lovely weather, fabulous fireworks

  • 2. Annabel  |  November 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

    They’ve made it such a good day – well done to all.

    I have only one niggle – we couldn’t hear the PA across the market place – so the lights just suddenly switched on – all the crowd could have joined in a countdown.

    The fireworks were fab!

  • 3. Kelly Simpson  |  November 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    It was a brilliant day – something to see or do all day. And so good to see Abingdon full of people and the shops and cafes were really bustling. Well done to everyone who helped organise this – it must be a tremendous amount of work, but worth it.

  • 4. daniel  |  November 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

    It was great. Fireworks were brilliant.

  • 5. Cassandra  |  November 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

    It was a superb day – many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success. Speaking of shop window decorations, one of the hairdressers in Stert Street has put a lot of effort into making a beautiful window. Likewise the gift shop (Finishing Touch).
    Speaking of shops, there is a lovely new little craft/gift shop in Stert Street with lots of unusual hand-crafted items. I wonder how many people know it is there?

  • 6. pete fletcher  |  November 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Generally a great day. Only expected to stay a couple of hours, but stayed all day. So much to do. Great organisation. The fire juggler was amazing.
    Enjoyed the parade, though surprised there were so few councillors in it. Also, while the Scottish pipers were very good, it would be nice to see a more local band, like Abingdon Band, both in the parade and on the market place playing Christmas music. Perhaps they had another commitment, but I would have thought this a high priority. Perhaps next year? We will certainly be there.

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