Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… Twinkly lights and decorations will soon be adorning supermarkets, shopping centres and retail outlets across the kingdom and I’ve compiled a list of where you can be part of the festive kick off in and around Peterborough this year.
The biggest events will be in the city centre. “After thousands of families gather for the festive countdown in Cathedral Square at 5pm on the 18th November, Queensgate is inviting everyone to come inside afterwards for music, entertainment AND the chance to win a dream trip to Lapland. Courtesy of Thomas Cook, one lucky person will win a magical and unforgettable family day trip to Lapland. Someone MUST win plus there are more prizes up for grabs too”
I’m still waiting to hear back from some places so will update you as I get more info but here’s the info I have been given for now. Feel free to bookmark and share and please do email me if you know of an event that I’ve not listed or if you spot a mistake. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peterborough Christmas Lights Switch On Events
Where – Queensgate Shopping Centre
When – 18th November 2017
Time – From 5:15 pm
Other Details – Actors from one of this year’s pantomimes will be there to switch on the lights and Santa himself will make an appearance, ready for the opening of his grotto. Grotto opening times can be found in my events calendar here.
Where – Serpentine Green Shopping centre
When – 16th Nov
Time – Event starts at 4pm and lights switch on at 6pm.
Other Details – Magical Lantern parade with help from local school children
Where – Peterborough Cathedral Square
When – 18th November
Time – Event starts from midday. Lights on around 5pm
Other Details – Father Christmas, the Mayor, and the Leader of the Council, Councillor John Holdich, pressing the button. The full line up of entertainment, which is said to include a packed programme of entertainment for all the family, will be confirmed nearer the time.
Where – Oundle Market Place
When – Starting at 12 noon on Saturday 3 December
Time – The fun will last all afternoon until 7pm. Switching the lights on at 5:30pm.
Other Details – Masses of mulled wine and mince pies and other street food delicacies will keep you warm. With the town’s fabulous independent shops and cafes, there is plenty of opportunities to relax, soak up the atmosphere and to find that ‘perfect’ gift
Where – Peterborough One Retail Park
When – 25th November
Time – Afternoon/Evening
Other Details – Join us for an afternoon and early evening of fun, games and live entertainment including magical live dance performances. We will be switching on the lights of our jaw-droppingly massive Christmas tree, which will be the largest in the region. The evening will end with a bang with a dramatic fireworks show to music.
Where – Stamford Town Centre
When – 26th November
Time – 10am-5pm
Other Details – There will be entertainment galore throughout the day including festive Punch and Judy shows, School Choirs, Santa’s Grotto, real reindeers, a children’s Fun Fair, Christmas market and, of course, culminating with the Christmas lights switch-on!
Where – Crowland
When – 2nd December
Time – 3.30 – 5.30pm
Other Details – Annual street fair and light switch on is happening once again on the first Saturday in December. Make a note in your diary to come along and have fun.