Deer friends drops in for Chobham’s festive frenzy

YOU know it’s Christmas time when the buzz of the Chobham Extravaganza fills the brusque autumn air and thousands of visitors piled into the village for the best one yet.

Adorned by glittering festive lights, the High Street came alive with the sound of music from the choir of local school pupils performing outside St Lawrence Church.

GIVING SOME STICK – Rhys, seven, the youngest of the Chobham Morris Dancers

GIVING SOME STICK – Rhys, seven, the youngest of the Chobham Morris Dancers

The atmosphere was electric with the excitement of 60 youngsters’ anticipation of seeing Santa, who had pitched up in his cosy grotto at What Not’s.

And this year he brought with him special live guests: his trusty reindeer duo Rudolph and Dasher for all to see at Canon Corner.

The shops stayed open late so that punters could enjoy a leisurely evening browse and buy, and make the most of the special event discounts at retailers such as HRH, and Woolridge and Sleep.

Rachel Gillingham of HRH, a treasure trove of gifts and cards, said: “It was the eighth year of our Extravaganza and everyone agreed it was a really successful night.”

Meanwhile the Christmas Market in the Courtyard and festive country stalls in the church hall had a vast selection of food, plants and gifts galore on offer.

There was also wreath making and face painting, hair chalk, glitter strands and braiding at the Velvet Rooms.

Chobham Morris Dancers entertained throughout the evening while others took in the displays at the museum on Benham’s Corner.

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