Towns ready plans to bring festive cheer to shoppers

The stars of last year's pantomime Cinderella push the button and switch on Kettering's Christmas lights
The stars of last year's pantomime Cinderella push the button and switch on Kettering's Christmas lights
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Towns in the north and east of the county will be turned into a winter wonderland as plans for their Christmas celebrations are unveiled by councils.

Kettering’s big festive lights switch-on is to take place on Thursday, November 29, with stars of the town’s Peter Pan pantomime stepping in to push the button, and late-night shopping will start that evening.

In Wellingborough, the town will be illuminated at 6pm on Saturday, November 24, with festive events taking place from 3pm, including performances from dance groups and local schools. One lucky youngster will have the chance to switch on the lights with the town mayor and Father Christmas, with entry forms being handed out during the event.

Over in Rushden, the town council will switch on the lights on Saturday, December 1, with entertainment from Denfield School Choir and the Rockin’ Reindeers.

The vacant Market Place restaurant building in Kettering will be turned into a Santa’s grotto again this year, and to deck out the unit, Kettering Council is calling on local businesses and organisations to decorate and donate trees.

The trees will be judged by the public and the winning entry will receive a donation to their chosen charity. Cllr Steve Bellamy said: “Last year the grotto received amazing feedback and this year we would like to make it even better.”

Late-night shopping will take place in Corby on Thursdays in December, with Santa, reindeer and the town’s Silver Band entertaining shoppers.