Organisers hope the Force will be with them when they turn on Rushden’s Christmas lights

Last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Rushden
Last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Rushden

Darth Vader, Chewbacca and even some Stormtroopers will play a part when the countdown to Christmas is launched in Rushden.

There will be a day of Star Wars themed fun in Rushden High Street on Saturday, November 28, ahead of the Christmas lights being switched on.

The Christmas lights in Rushden last year

The Christmas lights in Rushden last year

The sci-fi fun including lookalikes from the films will start at about 11.30am and there will be activities taking place throughout the build-up to the lights being turned on at 4.30pm by Rushden mayor Kaye Rawlins.

At 1pm Santa will be arriving on his sleigh pulled by real reindeer, which proved a great attraction for the children last year.

Santa will then be in his grotto greeting children until about 4pm, with free gifts for children paying him a visit.

The reindeer will be available all afternoon for youngsters to see.

There will also be street organs and other music to keep people of all ages entertained.

Face painting and balloon modelling will be available free of charge as well as a Christmas themed puppet show.

Music will be provided by South End Junior School choir and the Six Week Community singers with demonstrations by Starlight dance school and a Zumba group.

School children will also be adorning the Christmas tree with decorations.

Fairground rides will also help to entertain the children and the usual charity stalls will provide mulled wine and other seasonal fare.

The Salvation Army Band and their songsters will lead a short carol service after the Christmas lights are switched on so all are encouraged to join in.

All entertainment is free and the event has been organised by Rushden Town Council’s events committee.