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Happy 50th Birthday Telford!

By Discover Telford, 20 November 2018, 14:25PM

Today is Telford's 50th birthday and there is lots of celebrations planned!

For a start, Telford & Wrekin Council welcomes the Telford European Christmas Market back for its third year in Southwater and today is the first day of its opening.

This year will see all the traditional elements of a Christmas market with wooden chalets decked with garlands and lights, festive gifts and food to tickle your taste buds.

There will be a small funfair for the young and the young at heart.

This year sees a traditional carousel added to the mix along with other fairground attractions. In addition to this there will be performances from local choirs and acoustic bands for that real Christmas atmosphere throughout the event.

For that real authentic European market feel, there will be an Alpine-style bar as well as the obligatory sausages cooked on an open fire and of course the opportunity to enjoy a sip of gluhwein.

This year Telford's European Christmas market runs until Sunday 23 December so there is plenty of time to pay a visit or two.

To mark the town’s 50th birthday and celebrate the market’s opening weekend, there will be some added festive atmosphere around Southwater Lake with fountains, fire and floating lanterns from 29 November–1 December.

The lighting of the ‘fire garden’ around the lake will take place on three evenings beginning at around 5pm and will burn until around 10pm.

There will be a host of entertainment in and around Southwater, so come and soak up the festive atmosphere, eat, drink and mark the finale to a fantastic year.

On 29 November, the evening (from 5pm) looks like this:

-  Telford's Got Talent finalists - Fallout will be performing on stage at the market
-  A small lantern parade by local community groups starts the lighting of the Fire Garden 
-  Fire Garden opens for the public to take a walk through and experience it close up for themselves
-  SPARK Drummers perform in Southwater lighting up the area with music 
- The Salvation Army will add to the festive atmosphere

Please follow Christmas in Telford Facebook page. to be kept updated with this event.

Council Leader Shaun Davies said: “We have had a brilliant year celebrating Telford50 with fantastic events including Spring Into St Georges Day, Balloon and Kite Fiesta and Telford Carnival as well as the wonderful shows that took place in our Big Top.  

"The European Christmas market has been a great success in the last two years with thousands sampling the festive atmosphere in Southwater and we’re delighted that it’s coming back

“It’ll be a great way to help see us towards the end of the Telford50 celebrations, with the opening weekend coinciding with Telford’s 50th birthday and there’s some extra attractions for the birthday weekend.”

Telford & Wrekin Council is working with Retail Alternatives to bring Telford European Christmas Market to the borough, also supported by Telford Shopping Centre.

To keep up to date with the latest news, follow the event on Facebook Telford European Christmas Market.

For details on all Christmas events in the borough visit www.christmasintelford.co.uk or like the Christmas in Telford Facebook page.