Wilmslow Christmas lights switch on cancelled


Wilmslow's annual Christmas lights switch-on has been cancelled this year due to fears of spreading coronavirus.

Following the increasing restrictions placed on individuals in response to the Covid Pandemic, the Town Council took the decision at their virtual meeting on Monday, 21st september, to cancel it's traditional Christmas lights switch-on event.

The event has been organised and funded by Wilmslow Town Council for many years providing families with the opportunity to see Santa transported through the town behind his real reindeer before heading to the stage for the switch-on countdown.

Instead this year the Council will invest some of the switch-on funding to enhance the Christmas Lights.

Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman of the Town Council said "We are desperately disappointed that following the cancellation of Cinema on the Carrs in the summer, our other principle event of the year has also needed to be cancelled this year. We had all hoped that the situation would have continued to improve and indeed some provisional bookings had been made during the summer months.

"However the safety of all must be our priority and this type of event, which attracts large numbers of people, is simply not practical with the need to maintain safe distances. We hope that the enhancements planned for the Christmas Lights will encourage us all to visit the town centre and support our local businesses in a Covid secure manner through the Christmas period."

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Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 24th September 2020 at 4:02 pm
A shame but a sensible decision imo.
Nick Jones
Sunday 11th October 2020 at 12:53 pm
An inevitable decision for public safety, but thank goodness those poor reindeer wont be put in a transporter at Cairngorm, carried hundreds of miles across the country, merely to comply line with a stereotype.

I've objected previously to this unnecessary animal welfare issue, Perhaps the cash could now be spent on animal welfare a bit closer to home with some of the volunteers at our local animal sanctuaries and welfare charities who are also suffering in this covid crisis.