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14 November, 2011

Thousands of people are expected to visit Hinckley’s town centre later thisweek (Friday 18 November) to witness the switch-on of Hinckley’s spectacular Christmas lights display.

The Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Robert Mayne and Santa, will get the town’s seasonal celebrations underway when they switch on the town’s spectacular display in the Market Place at 6.30pm.

As well as the centre-piece decorations spanning Castle Street, Regent Street and Station Road, they will turn on thousands of white icicle lights to illuminate all the shop fronts to create a magical effect in the town’s main shopping areas.

The switch-on will also be accompanied by a firework display over St Mary's Church, sponsored by the Borough Council and the Showmans Guild

Prior to the main switch-on, the evening’s events will get underway at 4pm, when Oak Fm hosts a sing for Santa competition for local schools.

Then at 6pm a World War 2 veteran will switch on a special display on the corner of Church Walk and Station Road in honour of all those who have died while serving their country. The arrangement, featuring a shooting star and the legend 'Lest We Forget', is illuminated by hundreds of white and Flanders Red bulbs.

Meanwhile there will be plenty to keep the crowd entertained through the evening as the main stage will be filled with acts running through until 7pm, including local singer Rosanne Hamilton, a preview performance from Hinckley Scouts Gang Show and the Hinckley Choral Union singing Christmas Carols.

In addition, most of the town centre shops and a special Christmas market will be open to provide an opportunity for Christmas shopping as well as Santa’s grotto open in the Market Place.

Live reindeer, which have proved to be a great attraction for both young and old over the past few years, will be appearing once again in Castle Street.

And back by popular demand, there will be a free Christmas crafts workshop for children taking place at the United Reformed Church. Families are invited to drop in between 5pm and 7.30pm to make a range of Christmas crafts.

The lights switch-on will also coincide with the staging of the traditional Tin Hat Fair in Regent Street. The fair will be open from 5pm until 10pm on Friday and from 12noon to 10pm on Saturday.

Council Leader Stuart Bray said:” The Christmas lights switch on is one of the most popular events of the year and we look forward to another wonderful night.  When the Christmas lights are switched on the town centre looks wonderfully festive so I hope as many people as possible come along and take part in what promises to be a magical and unforgettable evening."

Other Christmas Lights Switch on events

Christmas festivities in Burbage will take place on Friday 25 November 6.30pm – 9pm. There will be late night shopping, stalls, music, children’s rides, refreshments and much more to get you in the festive spirit. 
Christmas festivities in Barwell will take place on Saturday 26 November from 5pm – 8pm. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm, all welcome to attend.
Market Bosworth
Christmas lights switch-on and late night shopping will take place on Thursday 1st December from 5.30pm to 9pm. The event will include a visit from Santa and Live Reindeer to create that real Christmassy feel, shops will open until 9pm.
Earl Shilton
25th November  Earl Shilton Christmas Light switch on.

9th – 12th December   Christmas Tree Festival in the Methodist Church

13th December  Community Carol Service arranged by the WI in the Methodist Church at 7pm

15th December  Uniformed Organisations Carol Service in the Methodist Church at 6.30pm

17th December Festive Farmers Market

24th December Christingle Service at the Methodist Church at 4.00pm followed by open air carols at 5pm

Taxi tour
THE annual taxi tour of Hinckley’s Christmas lights for housebound and disabled people will be held on Wednesday 7 December.

It will take place between 6pm and 8pm and has been jointly organised by Hinckley taxi drivers, the Borough Council, the United Reformed Church, Hinckley Round Table and the Salvation Army.

Specialist market
HINCKLEY’S specialist Christmas market will provide a unique variety of stalls for shoppers to choose their perfect gifts.

The market will be held on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December and as well as Christmas gifts, there will be seasonal decorations, food, drink and mulled wine on offer.

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