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Crowds get into the festive spirit at Christmas lights switch-on

  • Christmas Lights Switch on 2017

This year’s festivities kicked-off with the Christmas lights switch-on in Loughborough Market Place on Sunday, November 26.

Crowds gathered to see Capital FM host the event for the first time, with breakfast’s Dino, Pete and Tyles as well as afternoon presenter, Claire. The entertainment included a DJ set, live competitions and music videos on a giant screen.

The team from Capital were joined by the cast of this year’s town hall pantomime, Robin Hood, as well as entertainment from Loughborough Students’ Union Sing and St Botolph’s School Choir.

During the day there was a charity market and a French market as well as arts and crafts, fairground rides and a Santa’s grotto in Carillon Court.

The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, was at the event and said: “We've had another fantastic lights switch-on this year.

“It was great to have Capital FM hosting the switch-on for the first time and the day has been a hit with the whole family.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us for the festivities today."

The Christmas programme is organised by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with Love Loughborough.

Other key Christmas dates:

Santa Fun Run and Walk, Sunday, December 3 - starts at 11am
The Rotary’s Santa Fun Run and Walk which starts and finishes in the Market Place. Around 1,500 Santas and festively-dressed dogs take part in this great family event.

Love Loughborough Winter Festive Fayre, Sunday, December 10, 10am – 4pm
LOVE Loughborough bring you day of Christmas fun including street entertainment, live music, an Arts & Crafts Market and free Christmas gift wrapping.

Christmas Cracker Market, December 12-17, 8am - 4pm
During this period we will be hosting a visiting Christmas market which will join other markets as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 12 - Food and Craft Market
  • Wednesday, December 13 – Farmers’ market accompanied by a Food and Craft Market
  • Thursday, December 14 – Retail market – a rich variety off goods across 140 stalls
  • Friday, December 15 – Vintage and collectors’ market
  • Saturday, December 16 – Retail market - a rich variety off goods across 140 stalls (Salvation Army Band playing from 2.15pm-3.30pm)
  • Sunday, December 17 – Food, craft and gift market

This is your chance to soak up the Christmas atmosphere while shopping for essentials as well as those special gifts and food. The markets will be supported by seasonal entertainment, music, special offers and prizes.

Christmas retail markets, Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23
Visit the Market to pick up those last minute essential items including fruit, vegetables and other festive food as well as everything else that the usual markets offers.

Carols at the Carillon, Sunday, December 24
Further details of this event will be available shortly.

There will be free parking at all Charnwood Borough Council car parks excluding Browns Lane on the following Sundays; December 3, 10, 17 and 24.

For more information about the Christmas programme events contact, visit or phone 01509 634624.

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