Clare Winter Festival

Clare Winter Festival launches on Friday 24th November with the two-day Christmas Fair at St Peter and St Paul's church in the centre of the town.

There will be fun and fantasy in Clare on the evening of Friday 24th November when the Clare Winter Festival launches with the two-day Christmas Fair at St Peter and St Paul's church in the centre of the town. 

The Fair and the Festival Launch will take place from 5-8pm. The three-week Winter Festival will encompass a large number of events in venues around Clare, culminating with the Christmas Market on Market Hill on Saturday 16th December. 

The Festival celebrates its opening with a children's parade, carol singing and lots of fabulous family entertainment organised by the Clare Community Association, the Cock Inn and The Globe on Callis Street.

With music, hot food, mulled wine and hot chocolate, street entertainment, the Snow Queen and her Snowman Friend and a very special visitor from the North Pole, this promises to be a great start to the festive season. 

You will be welcomed to the Christmas Fair with a complimentary glass of something warming to enjoy while you browse the stalls which will offer a variety of lovely goods for Christmas PLUS the chance to buy one - or two! - items from the delicious Clare festive pudding range which now includes luxury chocolate and sticky toffee sauces. 

Other refreshments will be available and you will be able to sit, relax and listen to some carols.

On Saturday 2nd December Clare will be switching on its famous Christmas Lights which provide a colourful backdrop to everything in the town throughout the Christmas and New Year period. On the same day there will also be a Christmas Craft Fair in the Town Hall. 

Music is an important part of Clare community life and there will be rock music in the Globe on two evenings; Treble C, the Clare Community Choir, giving a concert in the Town Hall on 25th November and a Community Carols event in the Baptist Church on 11th December.

If music is not your thing then why not come along to see Crib Fest 2017 from the 6th December in the Baptist Church, a display of nativity scenes of many shapes and sizes from many different places - including many from groups and individuals in and around Clare.

Clare's independent shops are also getting in on the act and have organised a late night shopping experience for you on Thursday 7th December. 

On Friday 15 December, Clare Amateur Dramatic Society are performing some Christmas Readings at Clare Library - some poetry and some prose, some traditional and some less traditional and some thoughtful and some humorous - something for everyone. After the readings there will be mince pies and mulled wine. It starts at 7.30pm and free entry.

On Saturday 16th December there is a great opportunity to finish your Christmas shopping at the last Clare market of the year: all your favourite stalls plus local food and drink, handmade crafts and warming mulled wine, live music and free chocolate coins for children. 

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