Christmas Lights Switch On 2018

Forget the Coca-Cola advert…Christmas officially starts this week in Bromsgrove District with the annual lights switch on events returning to the Town Centre and Rubery.

Festivities will be kicked off in Bromsgrove with the Christmas Lights Switch On event on Saturday 17th November at its usual location outside the Golden Cross pub. The lights in Rubery will be switched on the following week from New Road on Saturday 24th November.

In Bromsgrove the switch on will once again be hosted by Malcolm Boyden from BBC Hereford and Worcester. Councillor Caroline Spencer will be turning on the lights with other special guests at 5.30pm.

There will be entertainment throughout the event with live music from local singers Becky Neale And Chloe BarryBecky Neale and Chloe Barry, Chadsgrove School Choir, Artrix Songstars Showchoir/ and the Theatre Workshop as well as the opportunity to meet the “Snow Queen” and of course Father Christmas! Cast members from Redditch Operatic Society’s production of White Christmas will also be performing and will be in the high street to provide some entertainment and promote their show which will be performed at the Palace Theatre the following week.

After the main event, for the first time ever, the Indie Club and partners host their ‘after show’ street party in Worcester Road with food, DJs, fire performances and entertainment right up until 8pm.WC - Main Promo

There will also be a two day Christmas Market in Bromsgrove High Street on 16th and 17th November in line with the switch on, from partners Friends of St John’s. There will be craft stalls hosted by local traders providing gifts and decorations, festive food and drinks and entertainment throughout the day.

In Rubery the following week on 24th November, the lights will be switched on at 5.30pm at the usual venue on New Road. Visitors can enjoy music from Becky Neale and Chloe Barry, Holywell School Choir, Issi Young, Rubery Choir and St James’ School Choir as well as getting another opportunity to meet the Snow Queen and Santa.

Both events will run from 3.30pm, with the lights being switched on at 5.30pm. More details of performance times and vendors are available on the council website or the Facebook event pages.

The Primrose Hospice Tree of Lights will be switched on in a ceremony at 5pm in both areas.

Snow QueenCllr Caroline Spencer, Chairman of Bromsgrove District Council who will be switching the lights on this year, said: “Our switch on events always go down very well with residents and visitors who turn out in their hundreds to enjoy the entertainment, good food and fun. I am looking forward to seeing the Christmas market back on Bromsgrove High Street and am very excited to see what the ‘after party’ has in store for us to continue the celebrations into the evening. We have some fantastic entertainment lined up for both events and I look forward to kicking off Christmas with residents in Bromsgrove and Rubery over the next two weeks.”
For further information about these Christmas events please contact the events team.