Wantage Dickensian Evening 2021

03 December
Market Place, Wantage
Market Place

Wantage Dickensian Evening

About Wantage Dickensian Evening

It is the night to celebrate the best of Wantage.

Wantage Dickensian Evening is a Christmas festival held on the first Friday of December every year in and around Wantage Market Place. Everyone is invited to dress up in period costumes for this Christmas festival.

It’s a free social community event organised by a group of volunteers from the Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Wantage Town Council and local sponsors.

Enjoy Christmas attractions and start your holiday shopping, including Christmas activities for children, switch-on of the Christmas lights by the Mayor of Wantage, Christmas Carols with Wantage Silver Band and the Parish Church Choir, holiday shopping, and more.

Expect a night of fun.

In the last few years, they’ve had various charity and commercial stalls, community groups featuring their work, local artists and performers featuring their seasonal programme, Christmas activities for children (Father Christmas arriving at his Grotto on a sleigh drawn by a magical sparkly pony, real reindeer, donkeys from the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, switch-on of the Christmas Lights by the Mayor of Wantage and local radio presenter, Christmas Carols with Wantage Silver Band and the Parish Church Choir).

Dress up in Victorian costume if you possibly can – makes it even more fun! You can visit a fancy dress shop, but many people prefer to make their own costumes from clothes bought from the charity shops mixed with old stuff from the back of the wardrobe.

Expect road closures from 3pm to 11pm. The whole of the Market Place and road leading to it, will be closed to all vehicular access.

Please note: Local ceilidh band MELOBO are unable to appear, but have arranged for another local band GREENGAGE to play in their place. They’ll be on 6.00pm to 7.00pm by the Christmas Tree and will be playing Christmas carols on guitar and fiddles.