Exmouth Christmas Market and Village have provided another update on events taking place in The Strand over the festive period.

This week is of course what Christmas is all about - the children. Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald of Sea Dog Art has created a unique piece of work for children to colour in and enter their efforts in order to win prizes.

On the final day of the Christmas Village, Monday, December 18 at 6pm, all entries will be showcased on the walls of the market categorised by age. Winners will be chosen and prizes awarded to the top three places - but with presents for every child that entered and attends on the evening.

Once the prizes have been awarded, the closing of the market will be signified with Exmouth Acapella group at 7pm followed by the Rock Choir at 8pm - so no matter if you are entering or not, this is going to be a great evening of free entertainment for you and your family.

Age categories are: 4 and under, 5-7 years and 7+ so cut out the artwork right now and get the pens out for your children to win prizes.

Another event that the organisers are really excited about is a children’s Christmas sing-a-long which is being hosted and conducted by Sam Abrahams of the LaLa Choirs on Wednesday 20th December at 2pm - 5pm. The event space will host children and families from all over East Devon to sing and be merry to all the Christmas classics. Whether it is the first time or not, Sam will guide everyone and make this a fun event for all the family. Imagine your little ones singing out Rudolf the red nose reindeer, Jingle Bells, Deck the halls and many more!

The Christmas village is self-funded by Spoken in Exmouth, but comes at a cost of over £40,000. It is hoped that the bar within the village will bring in enough to cover this cost but it is highly unlikely. That is why there are calls to local businesses to get behind this event for the community in the form of sponsorship. The return is that your business or individual involvement will be publicised throughout the event and you can take pride in getting involved with the community. 

The sponsorship doesn’t have to be in the form of a monetary contribution, but if you are able to help in supplying presents for the children, the carpet for the entrance, spare decorations, lighting, a Christmas tree - literally any contribution is needed, and welcome.

Please get in touch with the team at christmasvillage@spokenexmouth.com to put forward your contribution or to discuss a sponsorship package.

The Journal is a proud sponsor of this event and Editor Tim Lethaby said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Christmas Market in Exmouth, and all the associated festive fun.

“The event offers something for everyone, and we hope that it will prove popular in the town. Please encourage your children to take part in the colouring competition, as the more entries we get, the more Christmas excitement we can build up.”