Christmas season doesn't begin for me until we are in December. The Woking town centre Christmas lights switch on in late November is an indicator that the season is on the way but I refuse to get into full Christmas mood until at least the first day of December.
Christmas Tree Festival
In the last few years the new Horsell innovation of a Christmas Tree Festival has provided a great opener to the festive season. The festival is now in its third year and takes place at St Mary's Church on Church Hill. This year it is on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December.
For a small adult entry fee (children free) you can view and vote on your favourites from a huge number of trees on the Christmas theme. Past entries have included lego trees, a tree of cakes, a balloon tree, light effects and event a tree featuring a toilet. The impact is a mass of light and colour spread all around the church. In addition to the trees there are a range of stalls with art and craft activities. When you have had enough of all the festival has to offer you can relax with a hot drink and a choice of cakes and biscuits.
Visit the Christmas Tree Festival on Friday from 10am until 8pm and on Saturday.
Horsell Christmas Fair
Last year the Horsell Christmas Fair was revived and it's back for 2013. Running in parallel with the Christmas Tree Festival on Friday 6 December it starts at 4pm. The Mayor of Woking will be turning on the village's Christmas lights, the shops will be open, there will be a range of stalls along Horsell High Street and hot food and drink on offer. Father Christmas is also likely to make an appearance.
The Christmas Fair is totally free of charge but there is plenty on offer if you want to spend money when you arrive.