No celebrity for Banbury lights switch-on

Christmas lights switch-on. Parsons Street lights. NNL-151129-215551009
Christmas lights switch-on. Parsons Street lights. NNL-151129-215551009

A new look, more inclusive Christmas Lights switch-on will launch this year’s festive season in Banbury.

Instead of a guest celebrity there will be a seasonal market, music and performances by local artists, workshops, Santa’s Grotto, funfair and fireworks.

Food and drink stalls will keep shoppers and visitors fed and watered and the special market will offer Christmas gifts with a difference.

The event will be in the town centre on Sunday, November 27.

The market will be open from 1pm to 8pm with the lights switch-on at 5pm followed by fireworks.

Before the switch-on, eight local choirs will sing carols and other seasonal songs.

The event is organised by Banbury Town Council in association with Banbury Presents.

Cllr Colin Clarke, chairman of the council’s general services committee, said: “For many years we’ve enjoyed having guest celebrities switch on our Christmas Lights, but things have to change.

“This year we’re starting a new theme by creating a real Christmas atmosphere for people of all ages.

“We think the new set-up will appeal to everyone and not just those who like a particular TV programme.”

Previous Christmas light switch-ons have been performed by X-Factor winner Sam Bailey and Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne who plays Peter Barlow.

The switch-on countdown will start outside the town hall at 5pm.