Welwyn Garden City Christmas light switch-on plans revealed

PUBLISHED: 15:24 09 October 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 10 October 2018

The Christmas Tree with lights on at the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Danny Loo

The Christmas Tree with lights on at the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Following a controversial decision over Welwyn Garden City’s Christmas light switch-on last year, a different approach is being taken by organisers this year.

Crowds gather at the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Danny LooCrowds gather at the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Danny Loo

The Welwyn Garden City Business Improvement District (BID) team are working in partnership with two local mums, sisters known as The Yats from The Creation Station to offer primary schools a chance to take part in a festive drawing competition.

Schools are invited to create A4 sized festive pictures using the colours red, green, gold and silver.

The young artist with the best design will win free craft goodies for their class to enjoy.

The Welwyn Garden City BID team will then display all submitted pictures for the public to enjoy in the run up to the Christmas Lights Switch-On event, which will take place on November 17.

Kady McDermott appeared on Good Morning Britian to talk about the Christmas lights switch-on in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: ITV/Good Morning BritainKady McDermott appeared on Good Morning Britian to talk about the Christmas lights switch-on in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: ITV/Good Morning Britain

To continue the creativity drive, up to five schools will have the chance to register for a free one-hour workshop to bring their festive drawing to life on paper lanterns.

The children will collect and parade with the lanterns at the Christmas Lights Switch-On event along a designated route in town and display them near the stage.

The artist with the best lantern design will be chosen to help turn on the Christmas lights.

Yat-Chen, owner of The Creation Station, said: “It is such a simple way and a great opportunity to increase creativity in schools and encourage the festive spirit in the community.

“Christmas is such a wonderful time of year to bring people together.”

Last year, some residents were unhappy after it was announced that Love Island star Kady McDermott would be switching on the lights.

Parents felt she was not an “appropriate role model” for children and not “suitable” to switch on the lights.

As the backlash intensified, Kady appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend herself.

Schools that are interested in taking part in this year’s Christmas drawing competition need to register by emailing yatchenlee@thecreationstation.co.uk by Friday, October 19, and completed drawings emailed by Saturday, October 27.

To register the school’s interest in the free one hour Lantern design workshop, The Creation Station need to receive registrations by Friday, October 19.

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