Christmas lights switch-on in Welwyn Garden City tonight

Last year's Welwyn Garden City Christmas tree in the town centre

Last year's Welwyn Garden City Christmas tree in the town centre


The Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights will be switched on tonight.

Welwyn Garden City's 2014 Christmas Lights Switch on entertainmentWelwyn Garden City's 2014 Christmas Lights Switch on entertainment

The Voice UK star Lee Glasson is due to switch on the festive lights in the town centre this evening (Thursday).

After performing on stage in Howardsgate around 6.30pm, the former Monk’s Walk School pupil will officially flick the switch on this year’s Christmas lights.

Chris Hooper, branch manager at John Lewis Welwyn and new chairman of the WGC Town Centre Partnership, said: “It promises to be a fantastic community event once again this year and we’re looking forward to seeing some big crowds.

“It’s also great for businesses as it marks the start of the Christmas shopping season.

“We’re very happy to be part of this celebration to get everyone in the mood for Christmas.”

The festive fun starts at 3pm in the town centre. There will be funfair rides, street entertainers and the chance to meet Santa and his reindeers.

Reqs, the fire dog from the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue team, will also be meeting and greeting on the community safety stand.

Titan the Robot will return by popular demand, and will be appearing in the Howard Centre at intervals throughout the day.

Live music from students of Oaklands College, local schools, performing arts groups and musicians will be presented on stage in front of the Howard Centre.

The on-stage entertainment will be hosted by Knebworth-based radio station Bob FM in the build up to the big event.

Restaurants that are members of the Town Centre Partnership will be serving delicious treats at the event, which will run well into the evening.

* See next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times for pictures from the lights switch-on.

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