Christmas lights and good cheer in the park

November 02 2016

CHRISTMAS lights are set to sparkle in Fishponds this year with Fishponds Park as the centre of the festivities.

CHRISTMAS lights are set to sparkle in Fishponds this year with Fishponds Park as the centre of the festivities.

The aim is for lights to twinkle in the trees from December 2 to January 2, creating a seasonal atmosphere at the heart of the shopping area.

Fishponds Baptist Church is planning to hold a carol service in the park on December 14 and other festive events are being lined up.

Frome Vale Councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones has set up an online crowdfunding appeal for the lights on behalf of the Friends of Fishponds Park and there will be be collection boxes in the pubs to fund the £2,000 cost.

“We want to make it a really pleasant feel so everybody can benefit from it,” she said.

Last year saw the first organised lights display in Fishponds since 2003, with lights in the park and decorated trees outside dozens of shops and businesses.

A reindeer trail, in which children were encouraged to track decorated reindeer in local shop windows, proved highly popular and is expected to be run again this year.