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In pictures: Harpenden gets into festive spirit with biggest ever Christmas Carnival

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 November 2018

Santa Claus at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic Society

Santa Claus at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

STEVE COLLINS

Harpenden kicked off the festive season with a Christmas party that was bigger and better than ever.

About 20,000 people came to the Harpenden Christmas Carnival this weekend to enjoy the Farmer’s Market, Santa’s Grotto, gift and charity stalls, fairground rides, annual procession, and lights switch-on.

There were also live performances on the Church Green stage from The Harpenden Concert Band, the Magic Voices Choir and the Showkids Circus.

The High Street Methodist Church also performed Jesus’ Christmas story, with real-life donkeys and an opportunity to meet the wise men, shepherds, and King Herod.

Visitor Ailsa Roe said: “I love it. It’s nice having the Farmer’s Market here as well, we’ve just been over to the police cadets and the children have had their fingerprints taken and tried on some hats, so that was really good fun for them.

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

“It’s a really nice atmosphere actually.”

Serena Waller had brought her sister to the event from Worcestershire: “We think it’s brilliant, it’s better this year than it’s been for a long time.

“This is amazing, it’s fantastic. It’s bigger than I was expecting, with much more variety - it’s very well supported so that’s brilliant.”

Another reveller, Scott McNamee, said: “There is a really nice Christmas atmosphere, there is lots of stuff for the kids to do, which keeps them happy.”

Police at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyPolice at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

He added that he was already “getting into the swing of [Christmas]”.

A resident of Harpenden for 32 years, Lou Best, said: “The fair is really buzzy with something for everyone and a big focus on families, which is lovely. The market seems bigger than normal, seems to have a more interesting variety of stall holders.”

The festive lights were switched on by Harpenden Town Council (HTC) mayor David Heritage and the winner of a Children’s Christmas Poster Competition - the design of which will also be used on the mayor’s personal Christmas card.

Cllr Heritage said: “It was the biggest carnival ever and some of the traders sold out too early - it was very good. I am really proud of HTC, they worked tirelessly throughout the day and I think everywhere I went people were enjoying themselves and spending money.”

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The event was organised by HTC, and sponsored principally by Park House, Harpenden - a development by PegasusLife on Leyton Road.

Southdown and Batford will also be hosting Christmas celebrations.

The Southdown’s Lights and Lanterns Extravaganza is on November 30 from 5.30pm and the Batford event is December 2 from 5pm.

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Santa Claus at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietySanta Claus at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 parade. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 parade. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Youngsters in the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 parade. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyYoungsters in the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 parade. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Everyone getting festive at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyEveryone getting festive at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Young Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyYoung Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Young Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyYoung Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Young Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyYoung Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Young Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyYoung Miscellany Folk Dance Group at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Elves welcoming in the festive season at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyElves welcoming in the festive season at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

What's the weather like up there? The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyWhat's the weather like up there? The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

What's the weather like up there? The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyWhat's the weather like up there? The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 procession. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Children enjoyed fairground ride at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyChildren enjoyed fairground ride at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

There were lots of activities at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThere were lots of activities at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Fairground rides at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyFairground rides at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Crowds gathered as dusk fell at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyCrowds gathered as dusk fell at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Fairground rides at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyFairground rides at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The lights were switched on for Christmas at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe lights were switched on for Christmas at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 Christmas tree. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018 Christmas tree. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

The Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyThe Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

Performers on the Church Green stage at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture:  Harpenden Photographic SocietyPerformers on the Church Green stage at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2018. Picture: Harpenden Photographic Society

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