[Chloe Burrowes | Contributing Writer]
On Wednesday the 20th December, the Forum foyer was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with real life reindeers! Christmas songs, free mulled wine, free mince pies and a variety of festive stalls to wander around all for the Student Union’s annual Christmas market.
Brad Johnson, Hertfordshire Raise and Give Chair, was at the market acting as a Herts SU elf and said: “The Christmas Market is an annual event, this year we have the Christmas Market on College Lane and the Christmas Extravaganza on De Havilland on Friday. There are staff and students running the stalls and it’s just here to spread Christmas joy!”
Amongst all the festivities, there were also stands raising money for worthwhile causes. The Child Reach International Stall was selling cakes and doing henna in order to raise money for their Mount Kilimanjaro project next year where they aim to help children in the poorest regions of the world. The Raise and Give Stall also raised money through using unwanted gifts from last year as prizes in a tombola to fundraise for their three chosen charities.
The fair was also a chance for students to showcase their work. A group of Fine Art students were selling a variety of Christmassy goods from Christmas cards and decorative mugs. They said: “We have a degree show at the end of year, where we have to raise £10,000 so we asked if we could sell what we’ve made to raise money for that. Events like this are good as some people from Fine Art put their work in to sell.”
Overall, the fair was success with lots of people buying from the stalls, drinking mulled wine and just enjoying the festive spirit. The fair was a perfect remedy for students in a very stressful time full of deadlines and exams and ultimately who doesn’t love a reindeer?!