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Everything you need to know about St Nicholas Winter Fayre

PUBLISHED: 11:18 05 December 2018

The fifth St Nicholas Winter Fayre takes place in Diss Heritage Triangle and includes a lantern procession. Picture: Getty

The fifth St Nicholas Winter Fayre takes place in Diss Heritage Triangle and includes a lantern procession. Picture: Getty

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Festive fare and seasonal spirit will be on offer at the fifth St Nicholas Winter Fayre in Diss Heritage Triangle this weekend.

Santa will be making an appearance at St Nicholas Winter Fayre that takes place in Diss Heritage Triangle. Picture: Diss Town CouncilSanta will be making an appearance at St Nicholas Winter Fayre that takes place in Diss Heritage Triangle. Picture: Diss Town Council

The popular event, which has quickly become an anticipated date on the calendar, evokes a unique atmosphere amongst the historic buildings with some timeless Christmas traditions, including a visit from Santa, festive music, a lantern procession and the smell of roast chestnuts and mulled wine.

Taking place on Sunday, December 9 from 11am to 4pm, it again promises to really welcome in the festive season with a day of entertainment, shopping, special offers and Christmas foodie treats.

Choirs, musicians and the Salvation Army Band will provide festive music at St Nicholas Winter Fayre in Diss Heritage Triangle. Picture: Diss Town CouncilChoirs, musicians and the Salvation Army Band will provide festive music at St Nicholas Winter Fayre in Diss Heritage Triangle. Picture: Diss Town Council

Where is it taking place? — On the historic streets of St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Courtyard.

Who will be involved? — Most of the Triangle’s eclectic mix of independent traders and shops will be open especially for the event. There will also be quality craft stalls in the Yards and in the Designermakers 21 building. It will offer you the chance to buy some truly unique Christmas gifts from a wide range of local and artisan suppliers.

Will there be festive music? — Yes there will be a fantastic range of musicians and buskers throughout the day, including once again the Salvation Army Band playing carols and seasonal tunes, plus music from the barrell organ of the Mechanical Music Museum in Palgrave. Other performers will include Ukaholics Anonymous, Alan Smith, Peter Perkins and the Invidia Voices choir. The People’s Piano will also be positioned on St Nicholas Street if you feel the urge to add your own festive ditties!

What else will there be to get festive about? — A Christmas Raffle with some brilliant prizes. The chance to meet Santa Claus, enjoy a wide range of Christmas goodies from hog roasts to hot chestnuts, plus a glass or two of mulled wine.

Can I join in the lantern parade? — Yes you can. During the afternoon there will be a special lantern making workshop in the Corn Hall for children wanting to take part. The gloriously evocative candlelight procession will then take place at dusk just as the fayre closes. It will start at the Corn Hall and follow a ‘special person’ down Market Hill.

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