Christmas Lights Switch-On

A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and sparkling free family entertainment is on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 26 November.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season and Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up a feast of free family fun to ensure a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
 
A Christmas market and family fun fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre while there will be traditional festive music and performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band. Street entertainers, fun ‘walkabout’ characters and a visit by Santa Claus with his reindeer will alos help ensure a magical night as Long Eaton begins its countdown to Christmas.
 
In addition, there will be a chance for celebration sing-a-longs with local band Money Spiders who will be playing from 6.20pm - 6.50pm and 7.10pm - 7.30pm.  
 
The event will take place in and around the Market Place area of the town centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm - with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm.
 
One of the highlights of the event will be a striking illuminated procession by local children from Dovedale School, who will walk from Long Eaton Town Hall to the Market Place in time to light up the stage for the switching on of the Christmas lights. The school will be working with artist Anna Roebuck ahead of the event to create the procession.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“This festive celebration is always a popular event, full of great entertainment for all the family and we look forward to seeing everyone there.
 
“The event has a wonderfully warm family atmosphere and is the perfect way for us all to welcome the start of the Christmas season and to get together to celebrate all that our town centre has to offer.”