Christmas lights switch-on in Long Eaton
A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights, live music and free family entertainment will all be on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights switch-on event is held on Thursday 24 November.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season, but the evening has a Santa sackful of fun on offer.
Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will get the event underway on the pedestrianised Market Place at 5.30pm before a Take That Tribute takes the stage at 6.20pm when the crowds will be able to sing along to the classic hits – with a generous sprinkling of Christmas songs as well.
One of the highlights of the event will be a heart-warming illuminated procession featuring handmade puppets made by pupils from the town’s Dovedale School using recycled plastics in workshops with professional artist Anna Roebuck. The children will begin their procession at 6.40pm at Long Eaton Town Hall and will lead the Mayor to the Market Place for the official switch-on.
There will also be a fun fair and more to keep the whole family entertained.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Our annual celebration to turn on the festive lights display is always a wonderfully warm family event and is the perfect way for us all to join together to welcome the start of the Christmas season and to celebrate all that our town centre has to offer.”
Once the lights have been switched on, the Take That Tribute band again belt out the hits from 7.30pm and the music and celebrations are expected to continue until around 8.30pm.