Christmas lights switch-on: Leicestershire - what's on listings
Peppa Pig, town mayors and a very busy Santa will switch on Christmas lights around Leicestershire over the next few weeks, adding extra sparkle to the festive season.
Here are listings for some of the events happening around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Christmas lights switch-on ceremony takes place in Barwell on Saturday, November 26. at 6.30pm. The fun will take place throughout the afternoon with fair rides, Santa’s grotto, elves, stalls and refreshments.
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LEICESTER - city centre
Christmas celebrations in the city took place on Sunday November 20 with a lights switch-on and a winter food festival.
With the help of Santa, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Rob Wann, turned on the lights in Town Hall Square on Sunday (November 20).
See the report and pictures from the switch-on in Leicester city centre here.
See the website for more details:
LEICESTER - Beaumont Leys
There was a chance to meet magical characters Ben and Holly at the Beaumont Shopping centre Christmas launch event on Saturday, November 19.
LEICESTER - Cultural Quarter Lights Switch-On
There will be live entertainment, street arts and a Christmas craft fair in Curve to mark the start of the festivities in the Cultural Quarter.
Jonathan Lampon and Monica Winfield from BBC Radio Leicester will be compering the event in Orton Square on December 3, from 5pm to 6pm with the switch-on at 5:45pm.
More information at: www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals-events
The Christmas lights switch-on at Hinckley on Friday, November 18 was followed by a fireworks display over St Mary's Church.
Throughout the weekend Christmas shoppers are urged to visit the Tin Hat Fair on Regent Street, which includes Santa and his elves, live entertainment, late night shopping and plenty of market stalls on Castle Street.
The Christmas Lights Switch-on in Coalville is on Saturday, November, 26 in Marlborough Square.
The fun starts at 2.30pm and will feature a stage show with The Inspired, All Saints Primary School Choir and "Totally Take That".
Visitors can see Santa and his real reindeer and "Four Arms" from Ben Ten. The lights will be switched on at 5pm with snowflake finale. There will be a fairground in Needham's Walk car park from noon on friday until 9pm and on Saturday 10am until 9pm.
Peppa Pig and George are the special guests at this year's Loughborough town centre lights switch-on on Sunday, November 27 from 11am to 5pm. As well as the visit from Channel 5 stars Peppa and George visitors can get into the Christmas mood with a charity market, a Santa’s grotto inside Carillon Court, children's workshops and live music. Radio Gem 106 will be the host for the afternoon’s entertainment with lots of games and prizes. Loughborough's Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Charnwood and assisted by Peppa Pig to round off the day's festivities at 5pm.
More details on the Charnwood council website here.
This year's Christmas lights switch-on in Melton is on Friday, November 25. The town centre will hold a Christmas Market from 10am to 8pm with the big switch-on at 6.45pm.
There will be acts live on stage throughout the day including Santa & Trumpton, BBC Radio Leicester's Jonathan Lampon, and the Mayor of Melton with Clive Standen (of BBC’s Camelot & Robin Hood)switching on the lights at 6.45pm followed by a firework spectacular at 6.50pm.
More details here.
Read the preview article on Melton's Christmas Lights Switch-on on Melton People here.
A traditional lights switch-on is planned for Market Harborough town centre on Friday, November 25 in The Square between 5pm and 6.30pm. The event will be hosted by HFM, with carols from two local schools and music from a local music group, before the big switch-on at 6pm. The switch-on will be done by the winners of an art competition organised by Market Harborough Building Society.
Lutterworth Christmas lights switch-on will run from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, November 25. The lights will be switched on at 7.30pm by Lutterworth Town Mayor, Councillor Tony Hirons along with the Feast Week Attendants. People can also look forward to a firework display finale at 8.45pm thanks to funding by Asda, Magna Park. Throughout the evening there will be live performances from Lutterworth Choral Society and the Town Band and schools set to join in the live entertainement include: South Kilworth Primary School, John Wycliffe Primary School, North Kilworth Primary School, Sherrier Primary School, St Mary's Primary School, Lutterworth College an Lutterworth High School.
Local traders have been invited to take part in a 'Best Shop Window' competition and the organisers have promised traditional fair ground attractions on George Street car park for the whole family to enjoy.
BBC Radio Leicester will be hosting the event.
Email here if you have an event/details to add.