CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON THIS FRIDAY!

The crowds gather during last year's Christmas lights switch-on event in Market Harborough. (MAIL FILE PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER/MHMP001625-13)
The crowds gather during last year's Christmas lights switch-on event in Market Harborough. (MAIL FILE PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER/MHMP001625-13)

The festive season will get underway in Harborough this Friday (November 28) as the Christmas lights are switched-on.

The event, now in its seventh year, is taking place on The Square from 4pm to 7pm.

The night is funded by Market Harborough Building Society, which sponsors the big tree and decorations, and by Harborough District Council.

There will be lots of entertainment on a main stage, including the HFM roadshow, Christmas carols and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.

People can also take part in Leicestershire’s biggest simultaneous Christmas cracker pull with crackers donated by the town’s Tesco store.

There will be lots of Christmas treats for sale at a craft fair, and mince pies and mulled wine will be served.

The switch for the lights will be pressed at 6pm.

A spokesman for Harborough District Council said: “We have new Christmas lights in town this year that will light-up The Square and all along Church Street.

“You can also vote for your favourite Christmas carols to help decide Harborough’s top ten. Some of the favourites will be sung at the event.

“A big thank you goes to Market Harborough Building Society for their support and contribution to the event.”

THE TIMETABLE FOR THE NIGHT:

4pm Event starts

4-4.30pm Meadowdale Primary School choir signing carols

4.30-5pm Welland Park Academy choir signing carols

5-6pm Robert Smyth Academy’s jazz and soul bands performing

6pm Lights switch-on and cracker pull

6.15-7pm Robin Maughan and Eleanor Shepherd singing contemporary Christmas songs, and Robin will be performing a selection of songs from his worldwide tour of Frankie Valli tribute band Let’s Hang On.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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