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Get Into The Christmas Spirit In Lichfield With Festive Fun
Anyone not yet in the Christmas spirit is being invited to flock to the small historic city of Lichfield for two weekends of festive shopping and activities.

Lichfield in Staffordshire has plenty to get locals and visitors into the festive spirit with this year's Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday 5, Sunday 6 and Saturday 12 December.

Lichfield Christmas Festival
Launch of this year's Lichfield Christmas Festival

The first weekend's festivities on December 5 and 6 include a Twinkly Market along Minster Pool Walk, near Lichfield Cathedral. This lovely market will offer designer made, vintage and traditional Christmas gifts.

A street food event will also take place along the city's Bird Street over the weekend, when local restaurants will offer a wonderful selection of food from their menus from the street.

Lichfield Christmas Festival
A Georgian Christmas forms part of the festival

The first festival weekend will also see A Johnson Family Christmas take place at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, which will feature festive music, refreshments and activities.

For youngsters there is a chance to visit Santa in his grotto in Beacon Park on Saturday 5 December, where craft activities will also be on offer.

On Sunday 6 December the Lichfield Chamber of Trade Christmas Fayre will offer visitors the chance to pick up unique gifts and enjoy entertainment on the Market Square. The day will also boast an Artisan and Gift Indoor Fair, the chance to see Santa and festive craft activities for children at St Mary's in the Market Square.

St Marys in the Market Square
St Marys in the Market Square to host festival activities

Then on Sunday afternoon, don't miss Lichfield Cathedral's To Be a Light Lantern Parade, music and lighting of the Christmas tree.

The following weekend, on Saturday 12 December, Erasmus Darwin House and Cathedral Close will host a beautiful Georgian Market that will include festive food and gift stalls, to celebrate Erasmus Darwin's birthday.

Erasmus Darwin House
Visit the Georgian market at Erasmus Darwin House to help celebrate his birthday

Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Tourism & Communications at Lichfield District Council, said: "You can't help but get into the Christmas spirit at Lichfield Christmas Festival. This year is set to be even bigger and better with a huge array of gift ideas, festive food and drink, the chance to visit Father Christmas, as well as stilt walkers, fire breathers and colourful costumed characters entertaining festival goers."

Find out more information, including the times of activities, at the website here or pick up a leaflet from Tourism Information, based at St Mary's in the Market Square.

Lichfield Christmas Festival
Santa hats out in force for festival launch

Saturday 5 December

Twinkly Market 10am – 5pm, Minster Pool Walk
Street Food 11am – 4pm, Bird Street

FREE Johnson Family Christmas 11am – 3.30pm, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

FREE face painting & visitor information 10am – 3.30pm, Minster Pool Walk

Festive Crafts and Santa's Grotto 12 noon – 3pm, Beacon Park Discovery Hub

Sunday 6 December

Twinkly Market 10am – 4pm, Minster Pool Walk

Chamber of Trade Christmas Fayre 10am – 4pm, Market Square

Street Food, Bird Street 11am – 4pm

FREE Johnson Family Christmas 11am – 3.30pm, The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

Artisan & Gift Indoor Fair 11am – 4pm, St Mary's in the Market Square

Father Christmas & Christmas Workshop 11am – 4pm, St Mary's in the Market Square

£5.50 for children aged 3 and £2 for children aged 2 and under

To be a Light Lantern Parade - 3pm, Lichfield Cathedral

Saturday 12 December

Georgian Christmas Market 9am – 4pm, Darwin House & Cathedral Close
£1 entry for adults, Free for children
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Why? Christmas Magic For All The Family
When: 5 -12 December 2015
Phone: 01543 308778
Where: St Mary’s Church, Market Square, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Cost: Mainly free but Father Christmas £5.50 for children 3 and £2 for children 2 and under
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