In the run up to Christmas every town in the area, no matter how big or small, is switching on their Christmas Lights. You can obviously attend the Guildford or the Camberley ceremonies and expect the usual late night shopping, the smell of burger vans, a big countdown and Take That tribute bands. I chose to attend something a little more cosy and intimate namely the Ash Vale Fantasia event.
Rumour has it, Father Christmas is actually the vicar from the church opposite.
The fayre usually kicks off around 2 pm and is officially opened by the Ash Parish Council Chairman at the Ash Centre which I missed but I did wander round the stalls. There was the usual home-made cake stand where I picked up a chocolate butterfly fairy cake and a hot tea to wash it down with. I saved the spicy gingerbread cake for later and at 10p each for any slice on the table I should have stocked up. There was also the tombola stall and bric-a-brac stalls.
One to look out for is a beautiful bauble stand. Each one is hand-made out of sequins and glitter and all things sparkly. I loved the Christmas pudding bauble.
At 4.30pm the centre cleared out as everyone jostled for position round the corner to see Father Christmas switch on the Christmas Tree lights. He was travelling by pirate ship and followed by a hoards of faithful followers.
I couldn’t get the following dinosaur to turn around for a close up.
After that festivities we headed back to the Ash Centre for mince pies and mulled wine.