Winter wonderland for Wellingborough’s Christmas lights switch-on

Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, November 28, as part of Wellingborough's festive celebrations
Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, November 28, as part of Wellingborough's festive celebrations

Wellingborough will be whisked into a winter wonderland later this month as the town gears up for Christmas.

Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, November 28, as part of Wellingborough’s festive celebrations.

Father Christmas will arrive on his sleigh pulled by reindeer at 1.30pm at Sheep Street, which will mark the start of a family day of entertainment.

The festive lights will be switched on at 6.15pm and on the night a child will be chosen by raffle to help the mayor turn them on.

Youngsters can enjoy a giant snow globe, a spectacular firework display and a range of acts, including Rhianna and Abba tribute acts – performing on a stage in Orient Place.

The cast from The Castle’s Christmas musical A Christmas Carol will also be at their entertaining best to give you a taste of things to come.

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.

BID manager John Cable said: “We are already feeling particularly festive this year and we think that our Christmas lights switch-on party will be the best yet.

“We can also promise you some snow throughout the afternoon, to give the day that extra bit of magic.

“Christmas is such an important time of the year for families, which is why we try to find lots of activities and entertainment to keep everyone amused.

“Don’t forget to check out some of the town’s independent shops for some early Christmas shopping.”

Christmas will come early for the lucky winner of the Scrooge’s Gold giveaway where shoppers will get the chance to win £2,016 worth of prizes to spend in 2016.

To win shoppers must spend £10 or more in a Discover Wellingborough town centre business between November 28 and Christmas Eve and fill in an online entry form and keep the receipt from their purchase.