Mayor to switch on Christmas Lights tomorrow

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Eastleigh is getting set to enjoy a festive season of fun with the launch of the town’s Christmas celebrations and family fun day on Saturday 24 November 2012.

The day-long celebrations, that each year attracts thousands of local people to the town, will culminate with Father Christmas and the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Rupert Kyrle, turning on the Christmas Lights from the bandstand in Leigh Road Recreation Ground at 6pm followed by a spectacular free firework display.

This year the Christmas lights will be bigger and better with more low energy lights being used along Market Street, High Street, Wells Place and Leigh Road. The Mayor said: “People in Eastleigh always come out to support and enjoy this popular annual event that marks the start of our festive celebrations. I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s events and, of course, switching on the lights. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on this special day.”

Father Christmas is set to take time out of his busy schedule to lead a special Christmas lights parade that will commence in Market Street at 5pm and make its way into the High Street before ending up at the bandstand on Leigh Road recreation ground.

Traffic Closures

The two roads at the centre of the celebrations throughout the day as they’re closed to traffic to be replaced by an array of stalls and activities, including fundraising stalls, games and tombolas, food stalls and Christmas gifts.

Throughout the day attractions will run from 10am until 4pm and include a range of children’s rides and activities. Youngsters will also be able to visit Santa’s Grotto in Wells Place and a farm will also be set up in Market Street for the day where they will be ble to see ponies, lambs, goats, pigs and chickens.

Other activities will include a climbing wall located in Market Street and a ‘Spiderman tower’ in High Street that will offer fun and thrills for the more adventurous. All the proceeds from the farm and grotto will go to the Mayor’s Charities, which this year are the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity and the Wildern Opportunity Group.

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If you would like to join the lights parade or for more information on the event, please contact Teresa Smith on 023 8068 8192 or email