CHRISTMAS magic comes to Moreton-in-Marsh next weekend for the 11th annual Moreton Christmas Lights and Market.

From 9am on Saturday, November 30, the 80 stalls will be offering everything from handcrafted pottery, woodwork and metalcraft to Christmas decorations, wreaths, tasty chutneys, mulled cider and Christmas cake.

Event co-ordinator Maria Burns said: “There's something for everyone – either as a unique gift, or a treat for yourself!”

The pubs, shops and cafés of Moreton High Street are also open all day, and there are more stalls run by local charities and volunteer groups inside the Redesdale Hall.

Santa will arrive by fire engine at noon, opening the grotto inside the the Hall from 12.15pm (£1.50 per child), and there will be live music throughout the afternoon from the Cotswold Choir and St David's Orchestra plus other invited guests.

Visitors can join the Carol Service at 4.30pm and count down to the big lights switch-on at 5pm.

This year's lights will be switched on by not one but two special guests.

Milly Hope Summer-Starr, of, St David's CE Primary School, winner of the annual Poster Design competition, will be joined on stage by local celebrity Prue Leith, one half of the judging panel from Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off.

Angie Walker, local businesses co-ordinator, said: “There will be a great selection of produce from local producers, artisans and crafters. Get into the Christmas spirit and make sure not to miss Santa arriving with the help of our local fire service!”

The giant snowglobe will be in operation at the southern end of Moreton High Street with photo opportunities in abundance for all the family.

Andy Everson, lights and trees co-ordinator, said: “Big thanks to BA Hull Ltd for donating their time and manpower to assist us in collecting and putting up the town's two large Christmas trees.

"Thanks also to GFRS firefighters from Moreton Station for their help both before and on the day.”

The Moreton Christmas Lights and Market is an independent and non-profit event run by local volunteers. The committee would like to thank all the local businesses that have put Christmas trees on their buildings, donated many of the prizes and given great assistance. Huge thanks also to the local volunteers who have donated the time and effort required to host this successful and popular event. Particular thanks go to Moreton Fire Service, John Longbottom of The Bell Inn and BA Hull Ltd.