Great Malvern Christmas Festival – 25 Nov 2023

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Great Malvern Christmas Festival 2023

Great Malvern Christmas Festival is back! This festive treasure trove is the perfect way to kick off the most wonderful time of the year and get the whole family in the festive spirit. From 10am on 25 November 2023 in Great Malvern festivities begin, you can get cracking with your Christmas shopping at the Arts and Craft market, grab a bite to eat at delicious food stalls or take in the music and entertainment.

Great Malvern is sure to be buzzing with yuletide activity and joy, come down to soak up the atmosphere. Warm up in one of our cosy coffee shops, get seriously started on your Christmas shopping at one of our fantastic independent businesses and stay for dinner and drinks at one of our restaurants and bars.

This year the festival is Narnia themed to celebrate the 125th birthday of C. S. Lewis, who went to school in Malvern and took inspiration from the gas lamps. Find out more about what Narnia themed events are going on below.

What’s On

Great Malvern Priory Grounds

10.30am – 6.30pmArt & Craft Market
12.15pm – 12.45pmMalvern Hills District Brass Band
2.30pm – 3.15pmDukes Jazz Society

Inside Great Malvern Priory

All day Refreshments
All dayEntertainment
11.10am – 11.50amMalvern Music Centre String Orchestra
2.15pm – 2.55pmWorcestershire Youth Concert Band
6.05pmCarol Concert

BBC Hereford & Worcester, Belle Vue Island & Outside Great Malvern Post Office

12.30pm – 1pm (bottom of steps)i-sing Choir
1.15pm – 1.45pm (bottom of steps)Malvern Hills District Brass Band
1.50pm – 2.20pm (stage area)Malvern Link Youth Choir
2.30pm – 3pm (stage area)Stagecoach Malvern
3.15pm – 3.45pm (stage area)Appleyard Dancers 
3.50pm – 4.40pm (stage area)Dukes Jazz Society
5.00pm – 5.30pm (bottom of steps or stage area)Malvern St James Junior Choir
5.30pm – 6pmLead up to Switch-On
5.40pmParade Starts off, Mark Solo Circus, BaixaBeat, Dance in Motion, Children with Lanterns
6pmSwitch-on, BBC Presenter, Mayor

Church Street and End of Church Street

Time Activity
11.30am – 11.50am (Church Street)Animatronic Polar Bear
5.30pm – 5.40pm (end of Church Street)Dance in Motion Performance before Parade
5.30pm – 5.40pm (end of Church Street)BaixaBeat Performance before Parade

Great Malvern Library

All dayRefreshments in the café, & mobile café for families queuing for the grotto
All dayStory Telling, Narnia & Narnia themed stories
10am – 5pm (3.45pm last admission) Christmas Grotto in children’s section
10.30am – 11pm (upstairs room)Girl guiding arts and crafts workshop
10am – 10:30am (outside)Amelia K Academy, Dance Performance
10.30am – 11am (downstairs room)Amelia K Academy, Workshop
11am – 11.30am (outside)Holy Trinity Church Young Chorale
12.45pm – 1.05pm (main foyer)Polar Bear
1.30pm – 2pm (outside)Rock Choir
2.20pm – 2.40pm (main foyer/outside)Polar Bear
2.45pm – 3.15pm (downstairs room)Spotlight Theatre Academy – Christmas Musical Theatre Workshop (Ages 7-14yrs) – Dance in Motion
3.15pm – 3.45pm (downstairs room)Dance in Motion Academy – Christmas Dance Workshop (Ages 5-10yrs)

Throughout Town

From 1pm – 6.15pmSolo Circus Performances & Entertainment

C. S. Lewis 125 Birthday Celebrations

It’s the 125th birthday of C.S. Lewis on Wednesday 29 November. We’re celebrating the children’s authors’ connections to The Malverns with a Gas Lamp Trail being hosted 24-30 November, a Gas Lamp window art project, as well as Narnia-themed activities at the Great Malvern Christmas Festival on Saturday 25 November 2023.

Great Malvern Narnia Gas Lamp Story Trail

Our historic gas lamps in Great Malvern are undergoing their annual refurbishment and will be ready to celebrate the 125th birthday of C.S Lewis from 24 – 30 November when you will be able to take the Narnia gas lamp story trail around Great Malvern. Find all the gas lamps and discover the tale of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Creatives Connect C. S. Lewis 125 Window Art Trail

MHDC are joining forces with Creatives Connect, a local artists group, to deliver an innovative arts project to mark the 125th birthday of C.S. Lewis. The acclaimed author is said to have drawn inspiration from Malvern’s gas lamps and stunning landscape when he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.

Participating shops and businesses will receive a stencil of a gas lamp, to be displayed in their window from 24 – 30 November, working with local artists to create a display of decorated windows to commemorate one of our most illustrious and best-loved authors.

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Narnia Theme at Great Malvern Christmas Festival on Saturday 25 November 2023

This years Great Malvern Christmas Festival will have Narnia themed activities:

  • Narnia-themed Lantern Parade
  • FREE Face Painting at The Lantern (Mount Pleasant Hotel) 11am-3pm
  • Storytelling throughout the day at Malvern Library
  • Art Display at Malvern Library
  • Animatronic Polar Bear – see festival schedule here
  • Narnia Colouring Table at Heidi’s Toys & Puzzles 10am-5pm
  • Great Malvern Priory
  • C.S Lewis Walk – see details below
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Malvern Hills Literary Walk – Lewis Loop – 25 November 2023

Join lecturer and tour guide Dan Johnson on this guided walk around the Malvern Hills, taking in spots connected to legendary fantasy author C. S. Lewis at 11am on Saturday 25 November.

The walk is circular starting and ending at the Wyche Cutting, heading up to the Worcestershire Beacon summit, then following the Narnia has lamps past St. Ann’s Well Cafe and Lewis & Tolkien’s favourite pub The Unicorn Inn to Great Malvern. After stops at Malvern Priory (with the original gas lamp) & Malvern College (where Lewis was a pupil), the loop returns south, following more gas lamps back up to the Wyche Cutting.

The walk is accompanied by tales of literary legends and some of the best views in the West Midlands.

Find out more

#ShopLocal Around Malvern (Great Malvern, Barnards Green & Malvern Link)

Supporting independent businesses located across the district is very important especially at Christmas time. Click on the links below to find the perfect gift for your friend or family member at shops located in Great Malvern, Barnards Green and Malvern Link.