Christmas lights to launch festivities

NEAABE111122g10, Eastwood Christmas lights switch on. Crowds wait for the lights to be switched on.
NEAABE111122g10, Eastwood Christmas lights switch on. Crowds wait for the lights to be switched on.

Eastwood and Kimberley residents are in for a treat over the next couple of weeks as Christmas is officially launched in our two towns.

Eastwood’s Christmas lights switch-on event will take place next Tuesday, November 26, and the Kimberley switch-on will be held the week after on November 29 – with brand new Christmas lights.

This year’s event in Eastwood, between 6pm and 9pm, will stretch from the library in Wellington Place all the way down to the Young Peoples Centre in Mansfield Road and includes a packed programme of free festive entertainment, live music and dance.

The lights will be switched on at 7.45pm at The Hollies where there will also be a firework display to mark the occasion.

As well as Santa handing out presents in his grotto, children can make their way through an enchanted wood into a magical room to meet a fairy where they can make a special Christmas wish at the Lawrence Birthplacce Museum in Victoria Street.

There will be entertainment from brass bands, carol singers, a Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams tribute act and local school groups singing and dancing.

At the Library Bar, The Uke Box will be performing quirky covers from the 70s and the craft market and charity stalls are back by popular demand - the perfect opportunity to do some early shopping for unique gifts.

A selection of children’s fair rides and attractions will also be in the craft workshop car park.

Nottingham Road will be closed from Plumptre Way to the Mansfield Road junction.

Over in Kimberley, brand new Christmas lights will be switched on at 7pm by local fundraising heroes Debbie and Shaun Lee from the Ryan Lee Trust.

The town’s event, on between 5.30pm and 8.30pm will feature fireworks, a visit from Santa on his sleigh, stalls, a school choir, the Salvation Army and plenty of refreshments.

Mary McGuckin, the Chair of Kimberley Town Council’s events committee, said: “We are really excited to be presenting our new, beautiful lights to the people of Kimberley.”