Christmas lights switch on moves to Saturday


Wilmslow Town Council has decided to make a number of changes to the Christmas lights switch on this year, which marks the official launch of the festive season in the town.

This year the event will take place on a Saturday (29th November), rather than a Thursday to enable the proceedings to start and end earlier, so the younger children can also enjoy the celebrations.

In addition to starting the reindeer parade earlier there will be a shorter interval between the arrival of the reindeers and the switching on of the lights, plus more entertainment during the day to attract residents and visitors into the town centre whilst the shops are open.

Matthew Jackson, Town Clerk, explained "We were mindful of the fact that it has been getting late for young children. In the past we have had to hold it later to enable people to get home from work during the week and back out again.

"The reindeer parade has also started after the shops have closed and we want it to be more beneficial to the shops and bring people into the town for a longer period of time. The idea is to try and get as much involvement and activity throughout the town and use the stage more."

Matthew added "We are going to try and do the big launch of Christmas in Wilmslow during trading hours, whilst the shops are open, as it brings so many people into the town."

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Nick Jones
Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 8:33 pm
‘Remember remember the 29th November ??????????’ well its got a ring to it !!.......Its one way to celebrate the birthday of; Ryan Giggs, CS Lewis and that legendary bluesman .. and famous son of Macclesfield... John Mayall (OBE)..Not sure about it being relevant to Xmas........but hey ho ! or should that be ho ho ho...!
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 13th August 2014 at 8:58 pm
Did WTC consider holding a Christmas Artisans' Market on this SATURDAY "during trading hours, whilst the shops are open, as it brings so many people into the town." ???
Oliver Romain
Thursday 14th August 2014 at 6:01 am
Not the brightest idea to have the lights switch on and Santa after younger childrens' bedtime and when shops are shut, but at least they have finally listened to reason.
Carole Burton
Thursday 6th November 2014 at 6:21 pm
We're sorry as we'll be away - so enjoy yourselves guys