Fun for all the family at Rushden’s Christmas lights switch-on

The Christmas lights in Rushden in 2013
The Christmas lights in Rushden in 2013

Santa will be joined by a robot and larger than life puppets as part of the entertainment for Rushden’s annual Christmas lights switch-on.

The Christmas countdown is on and Rushden will be kicking off its festivities in the High Street on Saturday, November 26.

The Christmas lights in Rushden back in 2013

The Christmas lights in Rushden back in 2013

Titan the loveable robot, who has travelled to more than 30 countries, will be back again this year with his comedy antics for all the family.

As well as his three shows during the day, there will be music including local DJ Nathan, the Victory Doll singer and a school choir from South End School.

Melodies Theatre Academy will be performing, as well as the local Zumba dance class.

Churches from the area will be showing their larger than life Nativity puppets, which will be accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.

Santa will be arriving on his sleigh, pulled by live reindeer, at 1pm, before settling down in his new grott where he will be giving out presents to children until about 4pm.

Gifts for the children will be free, and the reindeer will be available all afternoon for youngsters to go along and see.

Street organs and other music will be playing throughout the day, with face painting and balloon modelling also on offer as well as fairground rides.

The Christmas fun starts at about 11.15am on November 26 and then the town’s festive lights will be switched on by Rushden mayor Cllr Tracey Smith at about 4.30pm.

All entertainment is free at the annual event organised by Rushden Town Council’s events committee.