Festivities begin in Loughborough with Christmas lights switch-on

Published: Sun 26th November, 2023

  • Light up Loughborough winner, Amellia Baker with the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Margaret Smidowicz

Loughborough is looking festive following the Christmas lights being switched-on in front of thousands of people on Sunday November 26.

The event, organised by Charnwood Borough Council, was an afternoon of fun with a variety of market stalls, food and drink stalls, stage entertainment and children’s fairground rides.

The Christmas lights were then switched-on at 5pm by Light up Loughborough winner, Amellia Baker.

Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, the Council’s lead member for economic development, regeneration and town centres, said: “It was fantastic to see visitors get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the lights switch-on on Sunday.

“There was a great range of entertainment on the stage from local performers and plenty for visitors to enjoy.

“I am so pleased that we could offer the chance for a deserving youngster to switch-on the lights and Amellia did a great job. I hope she had a fantastic day.

“Thank you to everyone who attended and I would like to wish you a happy Christmas!”

Local radio station, Fosse 107 hosted the stage at this year’s Christmas lights switch-on with thanks to headline sponsor, Loughborough Kia.

The entertainment began at 12pm with Danny Round Band and later included acts such as Ruth Chomik, the LSF Big Band, the Loughborough Male Voice Choir, Bright Lights Theatre School, Jonezy, and the LSU Tuxedo Swing Band

The Loughborough Town Hall pantomime cast from Peter Pan took to the stage ahead of the lights being switched-on.

11-year-old Amelia Baker from Sileby was chosen to switch-on the Christmas lights after judges heard her story about how she helps care for her younger sister, Imogen who has Angelman Syndrome.

Amellia said: “I had a great day and it was an amazing experience to switch the lights on in front of all those people.”

The Sock Gallery in Loughborough Town Hall hosted a Christmas & Arts Craft Fair throughout the day which was free to visit.

You can find photos from the Loughborough Christmas lights switch-on by visiting our photo album.