Eastleigh’s Christmas lights switch on this Saturday

Eastleigh Bandstand Christmas fireworks 2012

Eastleigh is getting set to enjoy a festive season of fun with the launch of the town’s festive celebrations and family fun day on Saturday 23 November 2013.

The popular annual family fun day, that  attracts thousands of visitors to the town, will include the switching on of Eastleigh’s Christmas lights and firework display.  An exciting range of day time attractions will be taking place from 11am until 4pm and include a craft market plus children’s rides, Santa’s grotto, animal farm, face painting, climbing wall and many other activities.  Father Christmas will also take time out of his busy schedule and lead a special Christmas Light Parade commencing at 5.15pm.

Then at 6pm the town is set to be all lit up when The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Malcolm Cross – assisted by Father Christmas – will switch on the town’s 2013 Christmas lights display.  David Perry from Breeze FM will also be on the bandstand hosting the event and playing music.  A spectacular free firework display will follow the official switch on of the lights to cap a special day in the town centre.

Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Malcolm Cross 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.”

Market Street and High Street, the two roads at the centre of the celebrations throughout the day will be closed to traffic to be replaced by an array of stalls and activities, including fundraising stalls, games and tombolas, food stalls and Christmas gifts.

If you would like to join the lights parade or for more information on the event, please contact Theresa Ball on 023 8068 8045 or email theresa.ball@eastleigh.gov.uk

Pic ©stephen slominski 2013

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