The halls of 1Leisure Medina will be decked with holly…and Christmas trees, streamers, baubles, lights and tinsel, as 1Leisure host their first Festival of Christmas this weekend.

1Leisure helpful elves will guides guests through the throngs of local stalls, offering everything you could need for a glorious festive season on the Isle of Wight, from local crafts to food. Visitors will even have the chance to learn a craft for themselves, with Newport florist Doris Pinks providing wreath making and table decoration workshops.

The Wight Festival of Christmas takes place today (Saturday 25th) and tomorrow (Sunday 26th November) from 11:00 until 18:00.

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Councillor John Hobart, Cabinet member for environment and heritage says:

“I’m excited to meet Father Christmas at the weekend! I’ll certainly be visiting Santa’s Grotto and I’m sure the children will also enjoy the free messy craft area, while the grown-ups have the chance to shop, or enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie from the pop-up rustic bar.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary residents who will be visiting, and may even sample a traditional Belgian hot pancake.”

A hearty schedule of entertainment will be on display throughout both days, featuring live music from local choirs and musicians, gymnastics displays from the Wight Flyers Flying Elves, along with the very popular Blackgang Chine Dino Show (with a festive twist) that will be performing twice a day, and roaming around the crowd to entertain them.

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