What a Cracker! Christmas starts now!

PUBLISHED: 11:09 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 June 2010

READY for the Christmas Cracker - youngsters at The Beacon School.  Ref 2051-48-09ti.

READY for the Christmas Cracker - youngsters at The Beacon School. Ref 2051-48-09ti.

Mary, Joseph, a host of angels, shepherds, kings – and a donkey and some sheep - will be leading a lantern-lit procession through Exmouth to mark the start of the Christmas Cracker weekend on Friday, December 4.

Mary, Joseph, a host of angels, shepherds, kings - and a donkey and some sheep - will be leading a lantern-lit procession through Exmouth to mark the start of the Christmas Cracker weekend on Friday, December 4.

The parade will be led by more than 60 children from The Beacon School, followed by children from Brixington, Exeter Road and St Joseph's Primary Schools and carol singers from churches all over Exmouth.

It will start in the Magnolia Centre at 5.45pm and finish in The Strand for the countdown to the Christmas light switch on, fireworks, nativity and a mass carol sing-song.

Senior teacher Alison Douglas, from The Beacon, said: "Being asked to present the nativity in the middle of town is really special for our church school. The children are thrilled that we've got real animals from the World of Country Life doing it with us!"

The children will be singing a song written especially for the event by singer and songwriter Martin John Nicholls, from Christian Aid.

The Christmas Cracker weekend is being organised by Exmouth Town Council, Exmouth Festival and Christian Aid.

CHRISTMAS GUIDE: find out more about festive events in East Devon >>

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