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Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch-On Set to Be a Cracker of an Event

Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch-On Set to Be a Cracker of an Event The festive season is upon us and Shrewsbury is about to kick it all off with a bang as the town’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ event returns; bigger and better than ever!

The switch on, organised by Shrewsbury Town Council, in partnership with Shrewsbury Shopping Centres, Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury BID, which is sponsoring the event, commences on November the 18th from 5pm

Various bands, choirs and acoustic acts are set to fill the town with seasonal music to mark the start of late night shopping and the launch of the Christmas lights display.

The stars from Theatre Severn’s classic pantomime, Dick Whittington, and the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Miles Kenny will be switching the lights on this year.

Families are invited to take part in making their own lantern for the widely-popular lantern parade will also make a return and will set off from the Darwin Centre at 6.15pm, making its way through the town before leading into the Square for the official countdown at 6.30pm. 

If you want to make your own lantern, you can for free at a workshop being held on November the 14th from 11am until 3pm, in the former British Heart Foundation Unit in the Darwin Shopping Centre.

Following the big switch-on members of the public are invited to gather fpr the annual Tree of Light in Darwin Shopping Centre 7pm. 

If that wasn’t enough excitement, Santa and his sleigh will also be on Pride Hill from 4.30pm until 8.30pm, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Shawbury & Mid-Shropshire, and Jack the Jester will entertain with his Light Show on High Street, outside the Wheatsheaf, from 5.45-6.15pm and 6.45-7.15pm.

The evening will also see the return of the Darwin Centre’s spectacular giant reindeer which will have its very own switch-on to coincide with the Square countdown at 6.30pm.

For the very first time, Shrewsbury’s Eat Street will also be a part of the festivities and will be held at St Alkmund’s from 4pm until 10pm. In addition, there is late night shopping available until 8pm and the town’s Market Hall will stay open until 9pm. Shoppers will receive a warming complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at the market, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Free parking is available from 4pm at Abbey Foregate, St Julian’s Friars & Frankwell Main Long Stay Car Parks each Wednesday, starting from the Christmas Lights Switch-On, until December the 23rd.

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