A VICTORIAN Christmas Festival will return to Neston for the second year in December.

The free one-day event on Saturday, December 2 from 12pm to 6pm is organised by Neston Town Council and runs in partnership with the Neston Rotary Club and District Churches Together.

Taking place on the Market Square and in the Town Hall, the festival hopes to welcome visitors from Neston and beyond.

Festival goers will be treated to a full programme of Victorian entertainment including brass bands, choirs, dancers and bag-pipers. 

More than 50 stalls will adorn the market and will boast a selection of gifts, arts, crafts and festive food.

Children will be able to take part in Christmas activities and will be able to visit Santa in his Front Parlour Grotto.

Steampunk stalls and demonstrations combining Victorian England with modern technologies to re-imagine design, art and fashion, will bring a new dimension to this year’s proceedings.

The Lights Switch on at 5pm will be followed by a grand prize draw competition to win unique Family Hampers.

Assets and events manager for Neston Town Council, Claire Evans said: “Last year’s festival was hailed a ‘Triumph of Community Celebration’ by Neston’s Town Mayor at the time.

"In keeping with Neston’s rich historic past, it brought new and old visitors to the town for a very magical experience.

"Young and old sang and danced on the square to the sparkly backdrop of our charming Christmas market.

"You couldn’t fail to be cheered by the warmth and congeniality at the heart of our town.

"This year we’ve added some new elements; it’s a festival that really does offer something for everyone."