Names announced for Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch-on event

PUBLISHED: 13:44 02 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:52 04 November 2016

Last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Welwyn Garden City

Last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Welwyn Garden City

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Who will be turning on the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights has been announced.

The Rolling Clones will be appearing at The Green Room in Welwyn Garden City after performing on the main stage at the Christmas lights switch-on event on Thursday, November 17The Rolling Clones will be appearing at The Green Room in Welwyn Garden City after performing on the main stage at the Christmas lights switch-on event on Thursday, November 17

A fun-packed programme of events has been planned for Welwyn Garden City on Thursday, November 17.

The town centre’s festive lights will be switched on by homegrown DIY SOS star Billy Byrne and one lucky winner from the Dear Santa competition.

There is still time to enter the WGC Dear Santa competition, with the deadline for entries Monday, November 14.

As well as the chance to turn on the lights, one other winner will be chosen to win a toy package, courtesy of The Entertainer.

Welwyn Garden City resident and DIY SOS star Billy Byrne.Welwyn Garden City resident and DIY SOS star Billy Byrne.

There will be a whole host of activities for all the family to enjoy in WGC on the day, including funfair rides, Santa’s Grotto, the street food market and much more.

A life-sized ‘polar bear’ will also be roaming the Howard Centre, with appearances at intervals between 1pm and 5.30pm.

The main stage show outside the shopping centre will be headlined by rock band The Rolling Clones, who are fronted by Panshanger’s Eurovision singer Alex Larke.

The Howardsgate stage will also include lots of talented local performers.

The Christmas lights event will run from 3pm to 6.30pm.

Rolling Stones tribute band The Rolling Clones will later that evening be holding an afterparty show in The Green Room, above The Doctors Tonic pub, where they will play a full hits-packed set of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards classics.

Two days after the Welwyn Garden City lights event, it’s the turn of Hatfield with the town centre’s illuminations being switched on in White Lion Square, The Arcade and Market Place on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 5pm.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “Both events promise to be fantastic community occasions that will kick-start Welwyn Hatfield’s Christmas celebrations, helping to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

“I hope to see as many people as possible, enjoying the food, fun and festive atmosphere.”

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