The weather has turned bitterly cold and the shelves in supermarkets are stocked with mince pies and bottles of mulled wine, which means the festive season has finally arrived.

However, if you’re not quite feeling the Christmas spirit just yet, Watford BID’s latest campaign Winter in Watford is offering an array of activities around town for people of all ages to enjoy over the next couple of months.

People can go skating on a real ice rink in the Parade, see Christmas shows including the annual Pantomine at the Colosseum or Palace Theatre, and even take their children to Santa’s grotto.

Christmas shopping is also available at both intu Watford and along the high street, with free parking available weekdays from 5pm from December 4.

Don’t miss the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church, in Church Street, Watford, along with the return of the famous Coca-Cola truck and even a trip on the Santa Express line between Watford and St Albans train stations.

On Saturday, December 16, the Snow King and Queen, Jack Frost juggler, winter dancers and a free giant snow globe will return to the Parade.

Kwame Tefe, chairman of Watford BID said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with other local organisations to spread the word about the fantastic range of experiences on offer in Watford this festive season.

“There’s genuinely something for everyone and we’re proud to be part of the activities that make Watford a ‘must visit’ destination this winter.”

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