Oswestry Town Council created Christmas Music Live on the first Friday in December to help boost the night time economy of the town at the important period. This year the event will celebrate its 15th year on the 1st December from 6pm and it has grown into one of the largest Christmas celebrations in Shropshire and includes an assortment of entertainment, including enormous fairground rides positioned throughout the town centre. This creates quite a spectacle with some of the best rides in the UK. 1000’s of people enjoy the night with the streets packed with visitors. And there is something for everyone be it young or old. Safety is a priority with highly trained local security team managing the event and an Ambulance team on hand.
The award winning Porth-y-waen Silver Band play Christmas carols and are supported by various local choirs and musical groups. We have a huge music stage to support local talent and this year’s headline act are Like Minded. Street entertainers walk the town performing fire acts throughout the evening and new for this year are Reindeers !
A synthetic ice rink is located on Festival Square where local schools are invited to have lots of skating fun, followed by the general public after 6pm. This was introduced a few years ago and has become an outstanding success.
As well as being open for late night bargains, the Indoor Market is the home of Santa’s Grotto where children are invited to meet Santa in aid of the local Hope House Charity. A huge Christmas Market selling street food and Christmas gifts is set up along the main streets of the town and is incredibly popular. To complete the celebrations there is a massive firework display at Cae Glas Park.
As you can imagine this has become a spectacular night which would rival any larger town and helps make Oswestry a special place for great events. Our event portfolio gets stronger each year and always includes a market element. With now have annual continental markets, a huge annual food festival as well as smaller events such as Dog Shows and Fun Days. The events themselves are essential to increase footfall and to make Oswestry the place to visit for a great shopping experience. We boast a strong selection of independent retailers who benefit from such events and the Town Council works closely with the Chamber of Commerce to make sure the events boost sales and have a positive effect on the town.