– Merry & Bright 2023 – Friday 8 & Saturday 9 December PROGRAMME LIVE

Experience the magic of Ryde’s annual Christmas event, Merry and Bright, presented in collaboration with New Carnival Company and Ryde Business Association. As the sun sets, embark on a one-mile walking circuit through Ryde, encountering enchanting lantern creations and captivating pop-up entertainment.

You’ll be captivated by community-made seasonal illuminations in unexpected spots. Some shops will extend their hours for late-night shopping, and various locations will offer seasonal refreshments.

Full lineup of entertainers can be found on the digital programme – DIGITAL PROGRAMME

This year Merry & Bright brings the High Street, Union Street, Cross Street, Town Square, Minghella Square, Vernon Square, and St Thomas Rest Gardesn to life with vibrant activities. Don’t miss the festive charm of Ryde!

Lantern parade – The parade will take place on Friday 8 December and will start at 6pm from Aspire on Dover Street, moving up Star Street, down the High Street, and down Union Street. Participants will disperse from Western Gardens.

There are some indoor venues this year with lots going on! Take a look at what’s lined up at our indoor venues and book your a FREE ticket via Eventbrite page.

Step into Santa’s Grotto at Island Photo Centre Ltd. Book your spot for just £3, it includes a quality gift for the little ones. Professional photographs will be taken by the fantastic photographers at the shop and will be available to purchase instantly. Book to visit Santa
*Photo’s for an additional fee

Explore entertainment throughout the town, featuring mischievous Elf’s and Christmas fairies, A mesmerizing fire show by Stix Guy Kai, enchanting acts by Huxley Magic, musical delights from Abbey Brass and Vectis Brass Band, and various other musical performances and activities. Immerse yourself in the Craft Market at the Royal Victoria Arcade and catch screenings of independent films. And that’s not all – stay tuned for many more exciting announcements!

FREE PARKING on Friday 8 December in the below car parks:

🅿️ Free parking from 4 PM onwards at St Thomas Street Long Stay and St Thomas Street Short Stay Car Park!

🅿️ A huge shoutout to our amazing friends at Co-op Ryde for generously offering FREE parking for the event from 4pm

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