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Posted on 06/11/2018
Our pick of the Christmas light switch-on events happening near you in November-December 2018. Expect magical entertainment, festive food, drinks and more.
It’s November now which means we can all start to get in the Christmas spirit! To mark the beginning of the festive season, we have put together this guide to the most spectacular Christmas light switch-on events across the East Midlands. Each one of these events promise something special for all the family, with stunning displays, funfairs, festive music and even the chance to meet Santa!
Hosted by Derby LIVE, this free light switch-on event takes place at Derby Market Place in the city centre. The event will officially kick-off at 3:30 pm, with a fun parade starting at The Spot at 4:30 pm. Join in and enjoy the festive entertainment on offer in the Market Place, in the lead-up to the big lights switch-on at 6 pm. The official radio station for Derby’s Christmas lights switch on, Smooth Radio will be hosting the stage show.
Nottingham is offering more than just Christmas lights at their switch-on evening. As well as watching the city light up at 5:30 pm, Nottingham’s Old Market Square will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with an ice-rink and Christmas market selling plenty of winter gifts and treats – a great place to start your Christmas shopping! The winter bars and food hall along with the market stalls will open daily 10 am till late, and the Ice bars will open from 3 pm until 10 pm. And the ice-rink at 11 am. A new attraction will be added this year, a 30-metre toboggan slide will be in Kings Street as well as new all-glass chalet bar altitude.
If you’re looking for a more local Christmas lights switch-on event in Nottingham, come down to West Bridgford for a day of festive family fun. Gordon Road Christmas Fayre will combine with the lights switch-on at Central Avenue to bring you a winter extravaganza. On the day you can also expect street theatre performances, children’s fairground rides, Santa’s grotto and a free mini ice rink.
This year’s stage performers include Plumtree School, The Tuneless Choir, The Liberty Singers and singer Kathryn Dryden. All the action leads up to the big switch on at 5 pm and fireworks finale.
Another Christmas lights switch-on over the weekend takes place in Stapleford town centre, Nottingham. Great if you prefer a smaller-scale event with plenty of festive excitement. Adding to the wow-factor on the day there will be spectacular fireworks on Victoria Street car park to enhance the Stapleford lights, starting at 6:30 pm. The whole event opens at 2:30 pm, where you will have the chance to visit Santa’s Grotto and get a big surprise. You can explore the Christmas stalls and craft activities lining the streets of the town and children can have lots of fun on the various rides, all brought to you by people from the local area. The lights switch on at 5:30 by the Christmas tree in the Walter Parker VC memorial square. This event will be hosted by L Leisure.
This year there’s loads going on in Leicester to get you in the mood for Christmas. The grand switch-on of the lights will start at 5:00 pm on the Humberstone Gate West main stage, with live music and entertainment from X Factor winner Sam Bailey, the stars of De Montfort Hall’s pantomime Peter Pan and more!
For the first time ever ITV News Central will be broadcasting the whole event live and weather presenter Des Coleman will be there to host the program. The lights will be switched on at 6.20pm with the Lord Mayor and Santa Claus.
This local Christmas lights switch-on is being celebrated in Eastwood Town Square, Nottingham with a packed programme of free events. As well as the official light switch-on at 6:30 pm at Oliver’s Pub & Kitchen on Alexandra Street there will be a chance to meet Santa at his Grotto and receive a present. You can also expect live performances by street performers and buskers. a fairground and land train for the kids. If you stay until 8 pm you will get to witness a fantastic fireworks display. You can find out more about this event on L Leisure’s website.
Loughborough will be illuminating its streets with Christmas lights and decorations at the end of November in the town centre marketplace between 1 pm – 5 pm. There will be festive goodies, food and arts and craft market stalls. Amazing music and competitions from Capital Radio. This year will be the biggest and brightest yet, after Charnwood Borough Council have announced that they have spend £100K! on new Christmas light installations, so come down for a wonderfully festive Sunday evening. It will be hosted by Capital FM.
This year Melton Mowbray are hosting a Victorian-themed Christmas lights switch-on in the town centre. At 4 pm you will be able to see Santa parade the streets with Trumpton before he goes to his magical Grotto, waiting to meet you. Enjoy a more traditional evening to ring in the start of the festive season, alongside live performances throughout the day from schools, choirs, bands and local Leicestershire artists. If you want to start looking for gifts and Christmas inspiration, there will be numerous stalls in the market area to have a nose around. The day-long festivities begin at 9:30 am and finish at 8 pm. There will be free parking throughout the day in the long stay car parks at Burton Street, Scalford Road and Mill Street. The lights get switched on at 6:45 pm followed by an outstanding fireworks display.
We hope that wherever you choose to go that you have a fantastic time.
Travelling to these events? Why not pop into your local Sandicliffe Dealer and take a look at our fantastic range of new and approved used cars.
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