The stunning night-time parade, sponsored by Ashford College, and featuring hundreds of school children and community groups, has been carefully crafted by outdoor arts specialists Emergency Exit Arts, who are known for creating large unforgettable experiences in towns and cities up and down the UK.
This year’s enchanted forest theme display will be led by Farrah the Fox, a huge 5-meter tall mechanical puppet that will roam the streets on her scooter. Taller than a double-decker bus, the animated creature will wave and welcome the crowds to Ashford, and get everyone along the carnival route in the Christmas spirit.
Come along for a full day of festive fun!
10:00 – 18.00: Festive Markets in Park Mall, Lower High Street & Elwick Place
10:00 – 14:00: Free Festive Decoration Workshops at The Bandstand
14:00 – 16:15: Free Music & Dance Entertainment at The Bandstand
15.00 - 16.00: Pizza Making with Santa at Coachworks (Booking required)
16:00 – 17:00: Farrah the Fox arrives at Elwick Place
16:00 – 16:20: Christmas Tree & Bauble Light Switch On at Elwick Place
16:20 – 16:45: Performances by TheatreTrain, Circadian & More at Elwick Place
17:00 Town Centre Christmas Lights switched on to signal beginning of parade Ashford Town Centre
17:00 – 18:15: Ashford’s Carnival of the Baubles Parade from Elwick Place - Bank Street - Lower High Street
17:00 – 20:00: Free Carnival Disco with DJ Casey Dale at The Bandstand
18:30 – 22:30: Free After Carnival Party at Coachworks
19:30 – 22:30: Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden Seasonal Concert at Revelation (Booking Required)