It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Lights switch-on this Sunday

Tamworth’s festive season officially begins when the town will be lit up with the Christmas lights switch-on event this Sunday (November 26).

The countdown to Christmas will be launched in style with a jam-packed afternoon of festive fun for the whole family in Tamworth town centre, ahead of the main event in St Editha’s Square at 5pm, when the town will sparkle in Christmas cheer.

Festivities take place throughout the day from 1pm, including fairground rides, crafts, live music, Christmas market, walk about characters, dance performances, lantern parade, face painting and personal appearances at intervals from The Gruffalo in Ankerside Shopping Centre.

A lantern parade will start at 4pm from the Castle Activity Centre in the Castle Grounds and lead to St Editha’s Square for the light switch-on. Children can collect a free glow-stick from the Castle Activity Centre prior to the parade, to make their lanterns glow. Collect early to avoid disappointment.

The workshop leader will also be at the Activity Centre during the day to provide additional lantern making workshops for the public.  Everyone is welcome and the activity is FREE.

The main event will be at 5pm when the honour of switching on the lights will be given to the winner of a special Bake-Off competition – Amanda Little,  accompanied by the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr John Chesworth; not forgetting Father Christmas and The Gruffalo who will make an appearance too.

The annual Christmas lights switch-on is organised with the Tamworth Christmas Lights Festival Committee and is another favourite in the Tamworth Arts & Events calendar which attracts thousands of people, who flock to the town to enjoy the celebrations each year.

Music will again centre round the Touch FM stage in St Editha’s Square, featuring live performances from a range of acts from 2pm.

Line up for the Main Stage:

    St Leonards Primary School - 2pm – 2.15pm
    Matilda Pratt - 2.15pm – 2.30pm
    Ellie Lake - 2.30pm - 2.40pm
    Upbeat Dance Company - 2.40pm - 3.00pm
    Stage It! - 3.05pm – 3.25pm
    Just Perform - 3.30pm – 3.50pm
    Positive Labels - 3.55pm - 4.20pm
    Tamworth Voices - 4.25pm - 4.50pm

Elsewhere, under the Town Hall, Landau Sixth Form Academy will perform at 2.30pm – 2.50pm – with a 'Site Specific Dance’. All five performers in this piece are currently studying a Level 3 Performing Arts Subsidiary Diploma in Dance.

Additional entertainment under the Town Hall will be followed by members of St Francis Church who will stage a live nativity at 3pm and 4pm. Plus, don’t miss Tamworth Pantomime Company performing a teaser of this year’s magical and hilarious panto Cinderella between 4pm and 5pm near the Town Hall.

The Christmas market will return and be enchanted with Christmas cheer offering festive sounds from Tamworth Wind Band at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Positive Labels, a group of young local musician’s, will also be entertaining at 1.45pm and 3.15pm. A range of festive stalls will include:

    A variety of tombola stalls
    Promotion of Hospice Services and hamper draw
    Handmade gifts and bespoke glass
    Christmas themed fundraising activities
    Games for younger children
    Free diabetes testing
    Hot drinks and cold refreshments
    Wood fired pizza
    Sweet cones, chocolate, fudge, candy floss, donuts and brandy snaps
    Promotion of organic box home delivery service
    Healthy Fast Food
    Health and Wellbeing
    Toiletries, novelty gifts and stocking fillers
    Fashion jewellery
    Indian handmade bags and Henna tattoos

…and much more - all perfect for picking up some unique and personal Christmas presents.

Also returning is the annual Christmas Tree Festival in St Editha’s Church, which invites schools, businesses, local groups and individuals to decorate a tree to be displayed in the church.  

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “The Christmas lights switch-on event is another highlight in Tamworth’s free programme of arts and events which is run in partnership with Tamworth Christmas Lights Festival Committee. We have a fun packed day lined up, with plenty of stalls, refreshments and free entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. What else would be the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season?”