Live music, dance performances, fairground rides, face painting, donkey rides and a demonstration by the fire service are just some of the attractions at this year’s Tamworth Christmas lights switch-on.
Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Tamworth on Saturday November 30, when the town centre becomes a festive wonderland.
The fun will start at 2pm, with dozens of events taking place throughout the town centre during the afternoon.
This year, there will be a stage in St Editha’s Square, sponsored by Touch FM. The stage will feature performances from the winners of the school choir competition, Tamworth Pantomime Company, Fired Up Theatre, Stage It, TAMY, Tamworth Voices, Glen Chavannes and many more, as well as prize giveaways throughout the day.
The Community Café will be running free arts and crafts activities in the Town Hall, there will be a live Nativity – complete with donkey – under the Town Hall, St Editha’s Church will be packed with more than 100 decorated Christmas trees and the ever-popular walkabout characters will be mingling with the crowds.
There will be two new attractions for this year. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will stage an exciting rescue demonstration in St Editha’s Square, where someone will be cut out of a car. There will also be donkey rides for children.
A funfair, face painters and treasure hunt will add to the festive atmosphere, while shops throughout the town will be competing for the title of best dressed window. Hundreds of Santa’s will be taking part in the Rotary Club Santa Stroll, which starts in St Editha’s Square at 4pm and aims to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The switch-on fun will build to a climax at 5pm, when the lucky winner of the festive art competition will join the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr John Garner, to switch on Tamworth’s Christmas lights.
Last year’s Christmas lights switch-on attracted more than 7,000 visitors, and organisers are hoping that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.
Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr John Garner, said, “The Christmas lights switch-on is one of the highlights of Tamworth’s year. The atmosphere is lovely and it really gets everyone in the mood for Christmas.
“I’m really looking forward to this year’s big switch-on, and I hope thousands of Tamworth people will join me on the day.”