Details have been released by inSwindon BID on the Christmas Lights Switch On event for the festive season.
This year’s event will move from the traditional Thursday night to a weekend of free activities on 19 & 20 November, launching Swindon’s Enchanted Christmas.
inSwindon BID Company, the Brunel Shopping Centre, The Parade and Regent Circus will be working in collaboration to create a truly magical Christmas for all the family.
Kicking off the festive season on Saturday 19 November, there will be a huge range of free family activities across the Town Centre from 11am. The Main Stage in Wharf Green will be live from 5:15pm. Wyvern Theatre Panto star Ryan Thomas will switch on the town centre Christmas lights as part of an extended weekend of celebrations, which will also bring X-Factor winner Ben Haenow to Wharf Green.
Ben said: “I am really looking forward to performing at the Swindon Christmas light switch-on. Can’t wait to see lots of happy faces singing along!”
The official ‘Switch On’ moment will take place at 6pm, illuminating the Town Centre, followed by a dramatic firework display (subject to weather conditions), sponsored by The Brunel Shopping Centre.
“The weekend is a great way to get in the festive spirit and enjoy Christmas-themed activities,” said Di Powell, inSwindon BID Manager. “Swindon town centre is the perfect place to stock up on presents, be entertained, take part in free family activities, and get that Christmas feeling.”
On Sunday 20 November the main stage will be ‘live’ from 12pm and you can see the amazing Britain’s Got Talent dance sensations Boogie Storm – courtesy of the Brunel Shopping Centre. You will also be able to take advantage of a whole host of free activities for all the family to enjoy and to add a little oomph to the celebrations this year, inSwindon will be holding a lantern procession where Schools and Colleges will be invited to join in the spectacular display and children will have the opportunity of creating their very own multi-coloured lanterns on the day.
Every weekend throughout December, Swindon’s Enchanted Christmas will see plenty of free events going on in the town centre to get everyone in the festive mood.