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Newark Castle transformed to winter wonderland with festive illuminations this Christmas

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Newark Castle is feeling the festive spirit this Christmas with special displays of lights and music as well as a stunning decorated tree in the bandstand.

Organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council, the festive illuminations will transform Newark’s historic heart into a sparkling spectacle which all the family can enjoy from Friday 10th to Thursday December 23, while the 10ft tree arrived yesterday.

A special winter wonderland event will form the centre of the celebrations on Sunday 12th December, coinciding with the Newark Christmas Lights Market.

Newark Castle will be illuminated this Christmas.
Newark Castle will be illuminated this Christmas.

Visitors will be able to make unforgettable memories and cherish them with ample photo opportunities, enjoying roaming musicians and colourful costumed characters from 10.30am to 4pm while children’s faces are sure to light up as they meet some of Santa’s reindeer, real and up close, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

District council leader David Lloyd said: “A stroll around these beautiful displays will be the perfect way to unwind after a day of Christmas shopping in Newark’s fabulous retailers and before enjoying a drink or meal in our brilliant array of eateries.

“Newark Castle is treasured by so many of our residents so it’s wonderful to see it taking its place in the town’s fantastic festive programme.”

The Castle will become a Winter Wonderland for a day.
The Castle will become a Winter Wonderland for a day.

Carys Coulton-Jones, business manager for heritage and culture at the council, said: “While we have some limitations in place this year due to the heras fencing in place protecting the curtain wall until repairs can be carried out, we are excited to be able to welcome visitors into the grounds to enjoy these displays this Christmas and look forward to making it a festive destination for residents in years to come.”

Throughout their run, the Christmas at the Castle lights displays will run from 4pm to 8pm with gates remaining open until this time. The gatehouse will also be lit until 10pm for those passing by outside the Castle to enjoy. For more information and updates about extra entertainment for the Winter Wonderland event on the 12th, make sure to follow @newarkcastlenotts on Facebook.

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