‘Brilliant’ Christmas plans unveiled

PUBLISHED: 10:03 18 October 2015

Weston Christmas lights switch-on, 2014.

Weston Christmas lights switch-on, 2014.

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WESTON-SUPER-MARE’S Christmas lights will be switched on during ‘a day of festive fun’ in the town centre on November 14.

The Saturday ceremony, which will be attended by town dignitaries plus some special guests who are yet to be announced, is scheduled for the day after Weston Carnival, which organisers hope will add to the celebratory atmosphere.

The 5pm switch-on ceremony will take place in the Italian Gardens in High Street, and will see Weston Town Council-funded lights turned on along High Street, Grove Village, Waterloo Street, the Boulevard, St James Street, Meadow Street and Alexandra Parade.

Weston’s Business Improvement District (BID) is organising the event, and its manager Steve Townsend says he has high hopes for a big crowd in the wake of carnival night.

He said: “It will be fantastic to invite the audience of Weston Carnival to join us for a day of festive fun on the Saturday as well.

“We hope to encourage visitors to stay in Weston for the weekend and enjoy the other brilliant attractions and events we have on offer.”

Saturday’s events will begin with a Christmas-themed produce market in High Street from 9am-2pm, and be followed by live music on the Italian Gardens stage and late-night shopping. The day will also feature late-night shopping, and finish with a firework display at 7.15pm.

Town centre entertainment will continue on late night shopping nights on Thursdays, including costumed characters, festive carols and a children’s elf trail.

BID is also on the lookout for performers to help entertain crowds during these events.

Last year local bands Lyra and Station 2 Station joined groups from Weston College, Worlebury Primary School and the YMCA choir to perform at the Christmas switch-on, and BID again hopes to fill the stage with local community groups and bands.

Emma Lincoln, BID events co-ordinator, said “There are so many talented people in Weston and this is a great opportunity to entertain the crowds.

“We hope to create a fantastic festive atmosphere by encouraging the community into the town centre.”

To register your interest, email emma.lincoln@nsomerset.gov.uk or call 01934 642404 by October 18.


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