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Christmas Festival 2012




A combination of fine weather - cold but no wind or rain - new attractions, food outlets, stalls of all varieties, and large crowds to enjoy it all made the 2012 Henleaze Christmas Festival the best yet.

Local schoolchildren got things off to a musical start. The choir from Henleaze Juniors followed the arrival of Father Christmas at the Outside Arena. Red Maids` juniors choir and handbell ringers started off the entertainment in the Bradbury Hall. An innovation this year was using the lane behind the shops as a walkway festooned with coloured lights and, for the first time, stalls. A steady throng of festival goers used the lane throughout the evening - many of them parents with children on their way to the Grotto at the Cardigan Road end for a chat with Father Christmas.

The children`s entertainment, which included a helter skelter for the first time, was as popular as ever. There were some additions to the food and drink on offer as well including Indonesian curry and Lebanese lamb. A cocktail bar in a camper van at the Dublin Crescent end of the lane proved a hit. And as well as the many types of burgers available, the hog roast made a welcome return, as did roast chestnuts, crepes, mulled wine and cider.

Shops and cafes opening late for the festival did good business with Henleaze Road full of festival goers filling the pavement and queuing up for the many festive delights on offer. Among the new entertainers was Mr Brown`s Pig Puppet Act - a big succes with the children in the Bradbury Hall, the Bristol Swing Dancers, the Out There Choir and Welisane. Band First prize in the Best Dressed Shop Window competition, run by The Henleaze Society, was Just So Balloons with Kondi Gifts coming second. This year`s prize draw raised �1045 with the proceeds going to local charities.

The Salvation Army entertained the crowds around The Arena with a medley of popular carols. The choir from Trinity-Henleaze URC brought the evening to a close with community carols in the Bradbury Hall. All in all a triumph for co-ordinator Liz Drysdale and her team. But with Liz stepping down a new co-ordinator is needed. Contact: if you are interested or can help the festival in other ways.







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