Fordingbridge goes for green Christmas at 2022 lights switch on

It’s green for go with Christmas in Fordingbridge 2022, a family event to celebrate the Christmas lights being switched on.

The event will take place from 5-8pm on Friday 2nd December and this year it is a true community event with Fordingbridge Events Group, Fordingbridge Town Council, Fordingbridge Greener Living and Fordingbridge Rotary all working together.

Activities in town throughout the evening include street performers, Colin Nutley’s Christmas disco, Christmas stalls, crafts for kids (at The Salvation Army), Santa at his grotto, choir performances, Hyde Band, dance performances, stalls in the town hall with Fordingbridge Greener Living and much more.

Pete White, Chair of Fordingbridge Events Group, says: “We are so excited to be doing the lights switch on with other community groups in the town. This year, we want to celebrate us all coming together after previous events have been stalled because of the pandemic. It will be a night to remember and there will be activities for all the family.”

Approximate timings for the evening

  • 4.30pm: Roads closed – affected streets include Roundhill, the High Street, Provost Street and Shaftesbury Street
  • 5pm: Event starts – stalls, street entertainers, choirs and entertainment including Christmas disco, Santa in his grotto (from 5.15pm)
  • 6pm: Procession of Santa by train through the town
  • 6.15pm: Santa switches on the Xmas lights and then heads back to his grotto outside I N Newman’s
  • 6.30-8pm: More entertainment, street performers and Santa in his grotto

Pete continues: “The whole town is coming together and there will be events from up near Fordingbridge Museum and the URC church in Salisbury Street along the High Street, in the car park by Roundhill and in the marketplace. The Salvation Army will have stalls including photos by Bramble and Beach.

“The evening will have something for everyone so come and get festive with us. We’d also like to thank all our sponsors who have helped make the event possible. They include Elliotts, Cracknell Timber, Adrian Dowding, New Forest Design, Tesco, Girlings and Metis Homes.”

Other festivities happening on the night
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Fordingbridge Greener Living – Make our town more sustainable and help people have a ‘green Christmas.’

Green Fair and Christmas Clothes Swap – Town Hall
Fordingbridge Living will be hosting a green fair at the Town Hall from 3pm-9pm on the 2nd of December. You will be able to buy a wonderful range of homemade gifts and also find out ways to support nature and live in a more sustainable way. There will also be a Christmas Glitz Clothes Swap at 7pm (drop off items between 3pm and 6pm.) You can drop off Christmas jumpers, dresses, outfits, shoes and accessories (all ages and genders.) Rather than buy new, swap and save money and natural resources.

Green Business Pledge for 2023
The shops and businesses in the centre of town will be asked to make a pledge for 2023 and to put this pledge in their shop window. If you have an organisation outside of the high street, email [email protected] and we will send you a pack.
Wellbeing at Roundhill


Come and join us in the Wellbeing at Roundhill studio to sample a few festive delights and, while you’re at it, take the opportunity to find out more about the classes we have on offer, including Pilates, Yoga and Biodanza. We’re also planning to have some of our practitioners on hand to offer some taster sessions in a few of of the complimentary therapies we have available, such as massage, Bowen technique and Shiatsu. We look forward to welcoming you to Wellbeing…

Visit our community refill shop and feast on some free samples!

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The Green Gram Community Refill Shop in Roman Quay will be open from 10am to 8pm on 2nd December.
·       During late night shopping come and try some of our free samples of our favourite tasty treats.
·       Have a look in the shop where we have a huge range of goods to refill as well as local products to purchase.
·       We have a selection of recycled containers or paper bags so you can try some of the ethically sourced products, even if you don’t have any of your own containers.
·       We will also be in the Town Hall where you can chat to us about becoming involved in this exciting community venture either by becoming a member or by joining our volunteer team.
We are saving plastic, providing ethically sourced goods at affordable prices and helping the community. Why not join us!

Buy your Reusable Fordingbridge Plastic Glass on the night!
Instead of throwing away single use plastic glasses, the team organising the event are giving the community the opportunity to purchase a reusable plastic glass. The pint-sized glasses have been sponsored by Adrian Dowding, New Forest Design, Elliotts, Cracknell Timber with an image supplied by Bramble and Beach Photography.

The glasses can be bought using cash for £1 at Fordingbridge Town Hall on the night and at the following places: Fordingbridge Museum, The Green Gram – with more to follow.

If you buy one, the Fordingbridge pubs will fill them on the night (usual prices apply!)

These glasses can be used at all future Fordingbridge Events Group events. Keep it with you at all times and use it whenever!

Christmas Trail by Fordingbridge Town Council

The Fordingbridge Christmas Trail will be available to download from the Fordingbridge Town Council website from 1st December. Paper copies are available from the Information Office.

It will run until 30th December with a prize to collect from the Information Office or the Library.

Fordingbridge Afternoon tea for seniors

Fordingbridge Town Council will once again provide afternoon tea at the Town Hall on Thursday, 8th December, from 1.45 to 4.30.

A performance by a pianist will accompany the tea. Community volunteers will be invited and those who are more senior in our community are also very welcome to attend. No reservations are required, and it is free of charge.