Festive line-up for Kettering revealed

Archie Durrant will be taking part in the festivities
Archie Durrant will be taking part in the festivities

The finishing touches are being put to Kettering’s festive line-up.

This year’s celebrations begin on Thursday, November 28, with the Christmas lights switch-on, the opening of a Winter Wonderland and the start of late night shopping in Kettering’s town centre.

Lighting up the town centre this year will be the cast of Snow White at the Lighthouse Theatre and star of The Snowman at the West End, Archie Durrant.

Host Gregg Nunney will be introducing performances on the evening from 5pm, including Banjara sensation Jeet Chahil, Starlight Dance and Musical Theatre School, Inspire Dance, Voices with Attitude and K-Factor winner Ellie Rowden, followed by the countdown to the switch-on at 6.30pm.

A magical Winter Wonderland will also be unveiled for the first time on the night where children will be able to visit Father Christmas in his gingerbread house based inside the old Corn Exchange building on the Market Place.

The Winter Wonderland will be open to the public every Thursday from November 28 from 5pm to 7pm and every Saturday from December 7 between midday and 4pm.

Once it gets closer to Christmas, it will be open every week day from December 16 until December 23 when you can enjoy the experience from 2pm to 5pm. All donations received will go to charity.

Val Hitchman, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “There is an exciting line-up of activities in Kettering town centre in the run-up to Christmas this year.

“The programme of festivities we have put on will provide a range of attractions for the whole family.

“With late night shopping on Thursdays through December and free parking after six o’clock, Christmas this year is definitely in Kettering.”

The Christmas Karol-oke is back on Thursday, December 5, on the Market Place.

A number of schools and choirs from the area will be taking part in he Christmas sing-along between 6pm and 7pm.

On the other late night shopping Thursdays there will be live music from the Dave Johnson Jazz Band on December 12 from 5pm to 7pm and a movie night with the Christmas classic, The Snowman, on December 19 from 6pm to 7pm.

The festive film will be shown on our big screen and we will be joined by Archie Durrant, who will be starring in The Snowman production at the West End. Both of these are free.

There will also be free parking available from 6pm each evening at London Road, School Lane and Wadcroft car parks and all day on Sundays.

Cllr Jan Smith, Kettering Council portfolio holder for community and culture said: “I’m really looking forward to the events getting the local community in the mood for Christmas.

“It will be great to see a big crowd joining in for the Karol-oke and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the Winter Wonderland after how impressive it was last year.

“Make sure you pop into Kettering during late night shopping on Thursdays throughout December and take advantage of the free parking after six o’clock and the free entertainment provided.“

For the latest updates about Christmas in Kettering this year follow the Market Place on Twitter @MarketPlaceKett or visit www.kettering.gov.uk/christmas.