Guildford Festive Family Fun Day 2023

Guildford Festive Family Fun Day 2023

Christmas is fast approaching and to mark the start of festivities, Guildford Borough Council has organised a free festive family fun day in Guildford town centre. The Christmas market stalls open at 10 am on Sunday 19 November and later an entertainment lineup will offer an array of Music, dance and drama throughout the day, as well as a pop-up bar.

Guildford Borough Council said:

Discover a multitude of free performances, face painting, baubles and bands. Grab a Christmas selfie with Santa’s elves in the giant snow globe, or the mascots on parade.  

Shoppers will have the chance to enjoy our colourful Christmas market and grab a gift or festive treat. This marks the start of a month of eclectic markets of crafts, gifts, antiques, farm produce and more.

On select days in November and December, visitors can enjoy live music in pubs and bars. A variety of children’s workshops will keep younger shoppers entertained at weekends including a visit from the big man himself!

The sparkling Christmas lights will continue to brighten the streets in our town centre bringing festive joy to everyone.

Where and When

DATE: Sunday 19 November 2023
TIME:  11 am to 4 pm
VENUE: Friary Street, Phoenix Court, High Street, and Tunsgate, Guildford

Xmas Entertainment Line-Up 2023 

HIGH STREET                                           
10:00 – 16:00 Christmas market stalls
12:00 – 16:00 Pop up bar
12:00 – 16:00 Little Book of Offers’ Elves
12:00 – 16:00 Walkabout Characters
12:00 – 16:00 Bauble Bar (free Xmas baubles)
13:30 – 14:00 Mayoral & Mascot Procession


12:00 – 16:00 Snow Machine
12:00 – 13:00 Bigmouth Xmas Disco
13:15 – 13:50 Bigmouth Xmas Disco
14:00 – 14:05 Mayoral address
14:05 – 15:00 Bigmouth Xmas Disco
15:30 – 16:00 Bigmouth Xmas Disco


12:00 – 16:00 Face Painting
11:45 – 12:00 LDA Dance Crew
13:00 – 13:15 LDA Dance Crew
13:50 – 14:00 Arrival of Procession and Rock Choir
15:00 – 15:30 Rock Choir


11:00 – 16:00 Giant Snow Globe


11:00 – 12:15 Cactus Brass Band
12:15 – 13:30 Almac Bisley Brass Band
13:30 – 13:35 Rock Choir and Festive Procession
13:45 – 15:00 Herd of Sax Saxophone Choir
15:00 – 15:30 TBC
15:30 – 16:00 Vox Choir

How is this free event funded?

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local in by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and places, supporting local business, and people and skills.


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