Santa to switch on town’s Xmas lights

Eastleigh’s bandstand will be decked with Christmas lights 

Santa Claus and his elves will be dropping from the North Pole on Saturday November 17 to start Eastleigh’s Christmas shopping season with a bang.

From 5.15 pm a torch lit procession will wind it’s way round the Town Centre culminating at the Leigh Road recreation ground bandstand where at 6pm Santa will throw the switch on the town centre’s Christmas lights which will also trigger a ‘spectacular’ firework display.

Fireworks will be Spitfire themed this year

This year’s fireworks will a feature a theme based on the Spitfire – the World War Two fighter plane that first flew from Eastleigh and assembled nearby in Woolston.

During the day there will be plenty of Christmas themed stalls and fun activities for all the family including a Santa’s Grotto, street entertainment, live music, and even a mini-farm.

Santa meets his Eastleigh fans

The light parade will feature entertainers and music from Romsey Old Cadets Marching Band, Ocean Brass and jazz and pipe bands.

The Sorting Office, Eastleigh’s artist and designer-maker studios just off the High Street will also offering a range of hand crafted gifts for Christmas.  Big brand and niche retailers at the Swan Centre – where parking is free after 6pm – are expected to stay open late for Christmas shopping after the parade and fireworks are over.

Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, said:

“Our grand Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On and Fun Day is a major highlight in the region’s pre-Christmas events calendar and is a great way to kick off the festive season. We work hard to create a really entertaining day out that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It gives us the chance to demonstrate how Eastleigh is a really great place to do your Christmas shopping.”

One of Santa’s Elves looks familiar

All pics are of the 2013 switch taken by Eastleigh News