Festive fun with light switch-ons in Wellingborough and Rushden

The lights switch-on in Wellingborough in 2012
The lights switch-on in Wellingborough in 2012

A Winter wonderland is coming to Wellingborough for the switching on of the Christmas lights this weekend.

There will be fun for all the family on Saturday, November 29, as the town marks the start of the festive season.

The Christmas lights will be turned on between 6pm and 6.30pm as part of a busy schedule of activities, including live music from Beyonce, Jessie J and Take That tribute acts.

They will be performing on a specially built stage in Orient Place.

Santa and his reindeer will be coming up Sheep Street at 1.30pm and there will also be a giant snow globe and firework display.

The festivities are being organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by businesses, through its Discover Wellingborough campaign, which stages events and activities aimed at encouraging people into the town centre.

John Cable, BID manager, said: “The Christmas lights switch-on party represents a celebration of Wellingborough and promises to be a real occasion for the town.

“There will be plenty to entertain the family and also perhaps an opportunity for a spot of early Christmas shopping in our independent shops.”

There will also be prizes up for grabs during the event in a giveway via smartphones.

But Wellingborough is not the only town welcoming in Christmas this week.

Rushden High Street will be full of the sounds, sights and tastes of Christmas with its light switch-on at 4.30pm on Saturday.

But the entertainment starts from 1pm, including live reindeer, fairground rides, puppet show and face painting. There will also be music and dancing from The Musical Santas, South End Junior School choir, Starlight Dance School, Salvation Army Band and St Mary’s Church choir.