Giant snow globe at Welwyn Garden City's Christmas lights switch-on event

PUBLISHED: 13:24 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 21:15 06 November 2017

Crowds at last year's Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch-on event

Crowds at last year's Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch-on event

Kevin Lines

Donkey rides and a giant snow globe will be among the attractions at this year's Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch-on event.

Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch-onWelwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch-on

The festive lights in Howardsgate will be turned on during a seasonal showstopper in the town centre on Thursday, November 16 – with a special mystery guest to be announced.

From 4pm, there will be food stalls, a fun fair, amazing street entertainers and donkey rides, as well as the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.

New for this year, there’s also the chance to throw snow and have your picture taken inside a giant snow globe.

All proceeds will go to Welwyn Garden City-based charity Willow, which provides ‘Special Days’ for seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40.

A Christmas tree in Howardsgate with the Howard Centre in the backgroundA Christmas tree in Howardsgate with the Howard Centre in the background

Among the live performances will be a set by group Indi and the Vegas, who have previously appeared at The Goat Inn in Codicote and at the Hertfordshire village’s annual musical festival GoatFest.

The big WGC lights switch-on is due to take place at 6.30pm, with a special mystery guest.

The Hatfield Christmas lights event will take place two days later, on Saturday, November 18, in White Lion Square.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Welwyn Hatfield Council’s executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “For many people, the Christmas light switch-on events mark the start of the festive season, and what better way to begin one of the best times of the year than with your friends and family watching your towns light up.”

On Thursday, November 30, Christmas Street Food will line the streets outside Sainsbury’s in WGC from midday until 9pm.

There will be food trucks, craft stalls and live music.

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