Lantern Xmas

Bromsgrove District will be shining brighter than a Christmas tree throughout the festive period with light switch on events in both Bromsgrove and Rubery.

The ever popular Bromsgrove switch on event will be returning to its old spot outside the Golden Cross Pub on Saturday 21st November, and Rubery will be switched on the following week from New Road on Saturday 28th November.

In Bromsgrove, the event will be hosted by Drivetime and Sixways presenter Andrew Easton from BBC Hereford and Worcester and Chairman Cllr Caroline Spencer will be turning on the lights with Helen Russell, local Triathlete and Duathlete.

Since competing in her first triathlon in 2006 Helen has been very successful in multi-sport competitions, securing a number of victories and podium places in local, national and international Triathlons, Duathlons and Aquathlons. Helen has represented Great Britain in Triathlon and Duathlon at an international level.

After the switch on residents can then head to St John’s Church for their MidWinterFest or they can take a stroll around the Christmas Market which will have entertainment, food and craft stalls.

Cast members from All & Sundry's production of Dick Whittington will be in the high street to provide some entertainment and promote their pantomime which will be performed at The Artrix from the 13th-20th of December.

Caroline Spencer will also be throwing the switch in Rubery and entertainment for both occasions will be provided by local people, including Rock Choir at the Town Centre event. Three part harmony group The Candy Dolls, who are originally from the district but have been all over the world, will be headlining at both events.

Both events will run from 3.30pm, with the lights switch on at 5.30pm, and includes a visit from Father Christmas and his merry helpers.

The Primrose Hospice Tree of Lights will be switched on in a ceremony set to take place before the switch is thrown on the main town Christmas lights. The Tree of Lights will be switched on at 5pm outside ASDA. In Rubery, the Primrose Hospice tree will be switched on at 5.30pm at the same time as the Christmas lights.

For further information about these Christmas events please contact the Arts and Events Team.