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Schools get arty for Lancaster's big new Christmas family festival

Pupils from Garstang St Thomas Church of England Primary School taking part in the Big Christmas Day Out art competition

Schoolchildren are helping to make a Lancaster park look festive for a new Christmas family festival.

Pupi;s from local schools are being invited to design Christmas baubles and stars to be displayed at The Big Christmas Day Out in Williamson Park next month.

The new event takes place on Saturday December 16 and Sunday December 17.

A winner from each school will be chosen as well as an overall winner.

The judging panel will consist of local artists Chas Jacobs and Emma Evans as well as the mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Roger Dennison.

Garstang St Thomas Church of England Primary School is one of the schools taking part.

Headteacher Jim Blakely said: “Projects like this are vital for giving children a sense of community.

“They’ve had so much fun working on their designs and are really excited to see them displayed in the park”.

Each school taking part will be given a family ticket to The Big Christmas Day Out as well as additional prizes for winners.

Event organiser Jamie Scahill said: “The festive artwork designed by local schoolchildren will make Williamson Park feel so Christmassy and we’re really looking forward to seeing the designs.”


The Big Christmas Day Out will include everything from Christmas crafting through to Festive Cinema, storytelling, face painting and even a Christmas Maze.

There will be special appearances from Hartbeeps, creators of multi-sensory musical experiences, the Northern Heights dance company and the RagTag Roadshow, where little ones are encouraged to get creative among the amazing mobile scrap store.

The Story Makers from Magical Story Jars will be at the very top of Ashton Memorial with their Christmas Story Mixing Station, and the Crafty Vintage crew will bring their Christmas Market. You can also pop into the Christmas Cafe-Oke to sing along to some of your favourite Christmas classics.

Music around the park will include brass bands, carol singers and DJs.

Tickets are available from here.

Read more: New family Christmas event in Lancaster goes on recruitment drive for elves - Beyond Radio

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