STONEHOUSE is getting into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than usual this year with the traditional Goodwill celebration taking place around the town on November 18.

The fun starts at 2pm and will run all afternoon until 6pm when Father Christmas will be driven in style up the High Street to the town green where he will officially switch on the Christmas lights for 2023.

As wells as stalls selling gifts and food of all kinds, there will be lots of free fun and games for all the family including a mini farm, circus skills, face painting, balloon modelling, fire walking, and a Punch and Judy show.

The activities will be spread out around the town with Morris dancing, and performances from the Wonderland Stage School, Rock Choir and Avening Silver Band in the Woolpack car park as well as stories in the library.

Stroud News and Journal: Stonehouse Goodwill Evening in 2018There will also be a programme of musical entertainment taking place on a purpose-built stage in front of the High Street Medical Centre where Park School Choir, Klarinets, Stonehouse Community Choir, Dave Wakefield and friend, Luke Philbrick Skiffle band and Dursley Steel Band will be performing.

Stroud Red Band will play in various town-centre locations throughout the event and will lead Father Christmas in the Christmas lights’ switch-on procession.

Cllr Valerie Randell said: “This year’s Goodwill celebration is going to be bigger and better than ever with lots of fantastic free activities for all the family to enjoy.

"There is no better way to get into the festive spirit than this fun-packed afternoon – and it’s also the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the game with your Christmas shopping!”