Harborough and Lutterworth counting down to Christmas lights switch-on

All lit up on the Square last year. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)
All lit up on the Square last year. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Both Market Harborough and Lutterworth switch on their Christmas lights this week - on Friday (November 27).

The Market Harborough Christmas lights switch-on event is taking place on Friday, from 4pm to 7pm in The Square, Market Harborough.

A lantern parade will be held before the lights switch on.

Everyone is invited to join the procession along the Millennium Mile from Welland Park to The Square from 4.30pm.

Those taking part in the procession or performing on the night can put their names into a draw to turn on the lights. The switch-on itself is at 6pm.

If you come along on the night, you will see a great variety of entertainment, including carol singing and music from local musicians including Ridgeway Primary, and Robert Smyth’s Soul Patrol and jazz band. Free carol booklets will be available.

Also on the night will be Santa’s grotto, mince pies and mulled wine, a craft fair and an appearance by the local volunteers of HFM radio on the main stage.

The annual Lutterworth Christmas lights switch-on event is also taking place on Friday, November 27, from 6pm to 8pm.

Lutterworth’s evening event will include Santa’s grotto (he’ll be busy in the Harborough area this Friday!), a fun fair, mulled wine, a hog roast and on-stage entertainment.

The Lutterworth Christmas Lights switch-on is at 7.30pm, followed by the now-traditional fireworks display, sponsored by Hill’s Alarm Services Ltd.

New for this year is a Christmas Market, with at least 15 themed stalls, held in the old Co-op/Wood Burner Workshop car park on George Street from 3pm – 8pm.

The A426 in Lutterworth will be closed to through traffic from 5pm to 9pm.

This will ensure that residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the Christmas Lights event in a safe environment, unhindered by traffic.

Lutterworth Town Council would like to hear from anyone able to volunteer as a marshal for the evening. For further details or to register your interest, contact Lutterworth Town Council on 01455 550225 or email admin@lutterworth.org.uk.

Look out too for the Market Harborough Christmas Fayre, which takes place on Friday, December.

There will be a range of events, attractions, food, drink and entertainment including a snow marquee, and the town will be lit up by scores of Christmas trees.

Roads will be closed to traffic from late afternoon, shops will be open late and there will be street performers and entertainers throughout the town.