Christmas tree thanks - 19 December 2017

The Council has taken the opportunity to thank those who have contributed to the majestic tree lighting up the town centre this Christmas.

The tree outside the Market House has once again been donated by Langford Lakes and the Taunton Farmers Market, which has been trading successfully in the town centre since 1999.

Unique decorations have been provided by Go Create who also made the decorations last year in conjunction with local charity Stand against Violence.

Picket fencing around the base of the tree has been donated by Westwood Fencing.

The lights on the tree were provided by the council whose Marketing and Visitor Centre team coordinated the Christmas tree project.

Councillor Mark Edwards, Events Champion and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "This is a wonderful example of collaborative working and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Christmas tree this year. We are fortunate to have businesses and individuals who give freely to provide enjoyment for everyone in true festive spirit."

The tree was lit up following a switch-on event at the Orchard Shopping Centre to coincide with the first late night shopping evening. The last late night shopping evening is this Thursday 21 December, with some shops also opening late on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December 2017.

The Council is offering free parking from midday on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December 2017 at the Canon Street, Castle Street, Enfield, High Street, Orchard, Tangier and Wood Street car parks.

There will be brass bands, buskers and street performers in the town centre on Saturday, and the High Street Christmas chalet market will remain until Saturday 7 January 2018.

Details of all these Christmas events can be found online in the special Christmas section at or via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching for Visit Taunton.