Large crowds come to Abingdon for 2019 Christmas Extravaganza

November 30, 2019

2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band led the parade at today’s Christmas Extravaganza in Abingdon.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Organised and funded by Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce, with volunteers, the day  was sunny, and brought in large crowds to Abingdon.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Father Christmas was accompanied by the Abingdon Lions. They will also accompany him round the estates of Abingdon from the 4th to 17th December.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Maleficent has been showing at The Abbey Cinema in Abingdon. She had escaped from the cinema screen and was there in the parade. The Abbey Cinema also had a stall on the Market Place featuring another Disney Film – Frozen 2.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council were there in full regalia, led by the Mace Bearer.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Bath Street was closed to traffic during the Extravaganza. Along Bath Street were fair ground rides for children, stalls selling food, crafts,
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
and lots of Community Groups, including Abingdon Rotary,
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
and Friends of Radley Lakes.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
At the end of Bath Street were some donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers elected Layla Moran to be Maid of the Mill. Layla was the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and is hoping to be re-elected . The Morris Dancers danced round Layla for a couple of minutes then lifted her in the air.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
At St Ethelwold’s House Oxfam had their own Santa’s Sleigh with reindeer. St Ethelwold’s had Oxfam stalls, coffee and cakes, and music.

Members of the Abingdon Community Orchestra were crammed into the office performing carols. Last year they were forced to squeeze in there because of the rain. This year they did it from tradition. (Play the video and see if you can identify the carol.)
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Abingdon Baptist Church were holding their own Christmas Fair, and had benefited from removing the pews and replacing them with easy-to-move seats.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
St Nicolas Church still has half their pews with a flexi space at the back. They had tombola, raffle, and were selling lots of things. At the front were performances by the Abingdon Community Choir among others.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
On the Market Place there were many more stalls and a Santa’s Grotto. Martin was there as official photographer. He is seen here with Joanna Page, Welsh actress and comedian, best known for her role as Stacey in Gavin & Stacey. I am looking forward to the Christmas Special reunion. Martin will have lots of photos on Facebook of the Extravaganza.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The Market Place also had a stage where groups performed during the day. This group sounded good.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Large crowds were there at six when Joanne Page turned on the Christmas Lights. This was followed by some super splendid fireworks.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The crowds then made their way home under the Christmas Lights.

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7 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Kelly Simpson  |  November 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    It was an amazing day, so many people having fun, spending money in the town and helping local charities. Well done to the organisers, volunteers who give their time all year round for this. But wait for the anti firework moaners to begin.

  • 2. hester  |  December 1, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Agreed – many people think the Council organise this, but they don’t. They provide valuable support – and it is great to see the mayor taking such a prominent part – but the whole thing is organised by volunteers who as Kelly says work all year round to make it happen. Sponsorship from local businesses is also absolutely crucial.
    Well done all.

  • 3. David Surman  |  December 2, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Excellent day as a true community event :) :) . Sadly the firework moaners have started already on the Abingdon FB site, Can`t please everyone it seems :( :(

  • 4. Su  |  December 2, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Mr Surman, maybe if you take time to google ‘animals in distress from fireworks’, you may understand why some people in Abingdon question the need for such loud explosions. These displays affect everyone, you can’t opt out from hearing them.

  • 5. horsesmouth  |  December 2, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Su, waste of time protesting to Mr Surman, as a once resident of River View Terrace myself and other residents there gave up trying to stop the canoe club from paddling down the Ock, trashing Coots nest and destroying the Bank Voles habitat as they had “fun in the water” I had a blazing row with him when he deliberately paddled straight over a nesting Coot and another time when they flattened the stinging nettles and other undergrowth that was the bank voles habitat just so they could launch their canoes off the bank!

  • 6. AbiMarina  |  December 2, 2019 at 10:42 am

    News alert- “Riverside nettles flattened by people entering river”

  • 7. David Surman  |  December 2, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Horsemouth. This is a categorically untrue account of our meeting many years ago and it is sad that you choose to repeat it.. I will leave it at that as those who know me would know the truth..Su as far as fireworks distressing animals , several people have suggested ways that this could be mitigated. and have done so. If this is not the case and there are reasons why it cannot e done, then I apologise.Thank you Su for pointing out the information to me.

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