Real Housewife to help switch on Wilmslow Christmas lights

Preparations are well underway for the Wilmslow's Christmas lights Switch On which will be carried out by Real Housewife of Cheshire Lauren Simon on Saturday, 25th November.

Wilmslow Town Council, who have taken back the organisation of the event from Wilmslow Business Group, have relocated the event so this year the stage will be set up on South Drive, next to Hoopers.

The reindeers will be at Romany's Garden, opposite the library, from 2pm and the reindeer parade will set off from the library at 4pm. This year the parade will travel along Alderley Service Road from Costa to Sainsbury's before returning to the library. It will not cross Alderley Road or go down Grove Street this year.

Entertainment will start at 3.45pm with performances on stage from Wilmslow Magic Voices, Alderley and Wilmslow Musical Theatre Company, Wilmslow High School Choir and local singer songwriter Drew Selby.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at around 5pm.

At the request of Wilmslow Town Council, Cheshire East Council has made Saturday 25th November one of the allocated free parking days in Wilmslow - to offset the loss of the parking on the service road during the day - so parking will be free from 10am at Spring Street, Sainsbury's, Hoopers and the Rex car parks.

Angela McPake, Chairman of the Wilmslow Town Council Events Group said, "Wilmslow Town Council has taken back responsibility of the switch-on event this year from the Business Group, who had delivered the event in 2016 on our behalf. This event has proved very popular in the past attracting large numbers of visitors and in particular young families with the reindeer always proving a big hit.

"The decision to move the location from Bank Square to South Drive is one that the Town Council thought long and hard about and it will be interesting to see how it works in this new location however we expect it to prove successful and it does significantly reduce the disruption to the roads and reduce the cost of delivering the event.

"We are delighted that this year the main Car Parks ( Spring Street, Sainsbury's, Hoopers and the Rex ) will be free after 10am on the day and hope that people will come in to the town early and take advantage of seeing the reindeer in the daylight by the library from 2pm."

Click here for details on the Handforth Christmas Lights Switch On which is also taking place on Saturday, 25th November.

Christmas Lights Switch On, Wilmslow Christmas Lights


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

Peter Evans
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 7:37 pm
It's absolutely great that we have such well organised events to bring the community together. But 2 observations -
a) can't we find someone a bit more like a celebrity?
b) do we really have to vote for and fund a town council that has the time to think long and hard about where to switch on these lights? I suspect Wilmslow has more pressing issues to occupy our intelligencia.
Dave Cash
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 1:30 am
#Peter, We need a Town Council who can adapt & organise projects within budget, without outsourcing. The Town Clerk & deputy are pretty adept. Several successes spring to mind, Party & Cinema in the Park, Carrs toilets & kiosk.
I thought WBG was given the brief for 2 yrs in exchange for a WTC Grant?
I would suggest current arrangements should require CEC to suspend all parking on the service road from 12.00 to 17.00, swamp the area with CEOs and arrange re-location of offending vehicles after 13.00.
Oliver Romain
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 7:39 am
Handforth lights switch on looks like a much better community event. It’s focused on children, charity and community. No fake housewife - irrelevant to children at best, poor role model at worst for children - or cruelty to animals.
James MacDonald
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 12:31 pm
Why not ask one of the local school children or volunteers to ‘help’ press the button.
Alan Brough
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 1:27 pm
I can only imagine the looks of starry-eyed wonder on the faces of the children as they gaze upon that iconic festive sight..........a "Real Housewife of Cheshire"

God bless you Mr Scrooge.
Alistair Yates
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 1:46 pm
James - totally agree.
Oliver Romain
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 3:17 pm
#James that’s what they do in Handforth. It’s a competition. Clever marketing too. #Alan good one! The children are an afterthought, it’s not long ago the switch on was after bedtime for most ‘Christmas age’ children.
Andy Hume
Friday 24th November 2017 at 12:24 pm
Massively underwhelmed, is this seriously the best we can come up with?! No doubt she isn't doing it for free either......
Vince Chadwick
Saturday 25th November 2017 at 11:09 am
What is a 'Real Housewife'?
Jessica Eaton
Saturday 25th November 2017 at 6:15 pm
Great to see a great community spirit - the two young men singing and Wilmslow high were great - shame that someone felt it was right to use the night to advertise her perfume ..... really ?
Philip Barton
Sunday 26th November 2017 at 9:17 pm
It's strange, I see a lot of negative comments from people that do F all.
I was active in both events. Handforth was delightful but it's low key charity based event was attended by hundreds. Wilmslow's glitzy event by over a thousand. One is not better, they are different. The town council aim to promote their town . Both met their objectives. The rest is hyperbole. The same people saying nothing is perfect.
Ignore the false news all that came enjoyed both and many came to both!
Pete Taylor
Monday 27th November 2017 at 10:20 pm
@philip Barton: I'm reasonably confident that the 9 year-old who switched on the lights in Handforth did not receive an "appearance fee", however that was not the case in Wilmslow.

Perhaps the Wilmslow Town Clerk could confirm how much was paid?
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 3:02 am
I’m glad that the event went well on what was not the best of evenings. The lights look really good, with their reflections on the wet surfaces adding to the effect.
Well done to WTC and all those involved.