Oswestry Town Council created Christmas Music Live on the first Friday in December to help boost the night time economy of the town at this important period.  This year the event will celebrate its 20th year on the 3rd December starting at 6pm.

David Clough from Oswestry Town Council said: “It has grown into one of the largest Christmas celebrations in Shropshire, including 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.  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 will be playing 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 The Bartells.  Street entertainers will be walking the town performing fire acts throughout the evening.

“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 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 will be a 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.  We 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 Oswestry BID to make sure the events boost sales and have a positive effect on the town.”