'Tis the season for goodwill festivities
CHRISTMAS is coming as communities around the Five Valleys and Severn Vale rev up for festive fun.
Dursley was among the first with its Dickensian-theme lights switch-on and lantern parade last Friday.
The event was pretty much rain-free with just one five minute shower to damped the proceedings.
The winner of the annual shop window competition, judged by mayor Coun Jane Ball, was Wildwood Flowers.
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Painswick is the next to go festive on Friday with its goodwill late shopping from 5pm to 9pm, when there will be mulled wine to cheer the crowds and a Christmas Fair at the Painswick Centre.
Stonehouse will follow with its Christmas lights switch-on during entertainment from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday.
Singing by local schools, a magician, primary children's fancy dress competition and more is promised on and around The Green and High Street, plus a visit from Father Christmas for the big switch-on.
Stroud plans to 'make love not war' for its 60s-themed night on December 7.
Organiser Kardien Gerbrands said: "Thousands should be on the streets and eight entertainers have been booked."
Christmas markets are promised in The Shambles and Cornhill and the Merrywalks Centre plans to welcome charity stalls the same night.
Nailsworth's former Christkindl is no more after replacements for the volunteer committee were not forthcoming. Instead, the town will have a special farmers' market with extra stalls on December 22.