Market stalls will be decked in Yuletide cheer. A decorated Yule tree will add to the atmosphere and tables will be set inside the hall to eat, drink, be merry and stay warm.
Market-goers will also be able to warm up by the Yule log fire with mulled wine from Dog Trap Vineyards, soups and other wintry food from the Market’s stall-holders. Dewsbury’s Free Range Pork will have their spit roast pork ready for delicious lunch time fare. Bungendore Pre-School will be providing hot chocolate, and warm apple cinnamon drinks, there will be egg and bacon rolls for breakfast.
The Bungendore Choir will be singing Yuletide Carols and other festive entertainment will be announced in the lead up to the Yuletide Festival. Market hours will be extended from 9am to 2pm so lunch can be enjoyed.
Le Tres Bon, Cafe Woodworks and The George Bar and Dining are spreading the festive spirit with special Yuletide menus.
If you are unsure of what Yuletide is exactly, it is a Scandanavian and old Germanic Winter celebration. The Nordic traditions celebrate 12 days of Yule starting from the Winter Solstice until mid-Winter. It was a celebration to mark the longest night of the year, celebrate the ending of Winter, the rebirth of the Sun and ushering in the New Year. In the Northern hemisphere, Winter coincides with Christmas and many elements of traditional Christmas celebrations were absorbed from older Yule traditions. Some of these traditions are familiar to our modern celebrations of Christmas, such as the decorated evergreen tree, lights (or candles), the colours of red, green and gold, carols and carolling, mistletoe, holly and ivy, banquets and drinking.
Winter in Bungendore can be cold and sometimes miserable at this time of year but let’s make it a season for fun, merriment, feasting and celebration!