The countdown to Christmas gets underway


A seasonal film is being projected onto Castle Quay in Cornhill to bring a safe but fun leadup to festivities

The countdown to Christmas in Banbury is underway with a Christmas film being projected onto the Castle Quay façade nightly all the way through the Christmas and New Year period.   The festive light shows will be visible from dusk until late every evening giving plenty of opportunities to see it over the next few weeks in a safe, crowd free environment.

Coronavirus restrictions have led to changes to the traditional celebrations which normally include a light switch on event during the last weekend of November.   Instead organisers are putting on a show that will thrill young and old.

The stunning seasonal films will see magical Christmas pictures beamed onto the Castle Quay façade in Cornhill – part of the town’s Market Place.   The light shows will welcome Christmas and celebrate the New Year

The video is described as wintery and classy and will depict Christmas with imaginative scenes and accompanying music.

Following the Christmas shows, a New Year film will run from December 29 until January 5 and will feature firework-style celebrations with clips of local people, local heroes and local businesses.

The films have been specially designed to fit the ornate stonework of the Castle Quay entrance in Cornhill at the Parson’s Street end of the Market Place.   They have been organised by Banbury BID and sponsored by Banbury Town Council and Castle Quay.

BID Manager Jo Holland said: “We are not giving up on festive tradition. We must do things a little differently this year and this is a great opportunity to bring these brand-new light shows to Banbury and provide some much-needed festive cheer.

She added: “Christmas is a key time for town centre businesses and organisations. We hope our light shows will help bring some festive magic and encourage additional footfall to Banbury as people shop at their leisure.”

Leader of the town council Kieron Mallon said: “It wouldn’t be Christmas without the street illuminations – and the light shows are a terrific alternative to the cancelled events. There will be plenty of social distancing signage to help everyone stick to the social distancing rules.”

In addition to the festive films two full-size colourfully-decorated Christmas trees – one in front of the Town Hall and one near The Cross – will add more seasonal cheer.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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