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Not long until the Christmas light switch-on

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Loughborough is gearing up for the switching-on of the town’s Christmas lights on Sunday November 24.

The event, which is organised by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with Love Loughborough, has something for everyone. Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the event with festivities taking place in the Market Place between 10am-7pm.

There will be a charity market in the town centre from 10am as well as a food, court, craft and retail market, fairground rides and Santa’s Grotto.

People can also visit The Sock Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair which will be at the Loughborough Town Hall between 11am-5pm.

The main stage will be bought to life at 1pm with performances by local school and performance groups.

The running order for the stage is as follows:

  • 1pm - Lougbborough Schools Foundation Big Band
  • 1.35pm - LAOS theatre group
  • 1.45pm - Loughborough Students Union Sing
  • 2.05pm - Kieran Sutcliffe
  • 2.15pm - Ruth Chomik
  • 2.25pm - Bright Lights
  • 2.45pm - St Botolphs
  • 3pm-5pm – BBC Radio Leicester
  • 5pm - Lights are switched on

BBC Radio Leicester’s breakfast duo Jo Hayward and Ady Dayman will host the stage from 3pm. Entertainment will include a big screen and live music from Kade Smith, former contestant on ITVs The Voice.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm by the young winner of the Light-up Loughborough competition and the cast of this year’s Loughborough Town Hall pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Loughborough University’s Students Union will then take over the stage with entertainment until 7pm.

Sylvia Wright, head of leisure and culture said: “The Christmas light-switch on is a fantastic way to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit.

“There will be a whole host of fairground rides, entertainment and market stalls to keep the family entertained throughout the afternoon.

“We’re also really looking forward to welcoming BBC Radio Leicester this year who will be hosting the light switch-on and keeping everyone entertained.”