"A Celebration of Christmas Cheer"
Friday 5 December 2014, Castle Donington
Castle Donington will come alive from 5.00pm on Friday 5 December 2014 for the "switch-on" of the Christmas lights.
Everyone is welcome to meet in the St Edwards churchyard for a lantern procession led by Santa and his (LIVE!) reindeer to the Market Place. Ho! Ho! – kindly part sponsored by East Midlands Airport.
(Remember children wrap up warm with your Christmas hats and scarves and bring your lanterns and torches – ps. don't forget to dress your parents up too!)
New for this year – Meet Elsa (on stilts) and Olaf from the new Disney Film – Frozen, Toy Soldier (character on stilts), Tom Woods - plus Donington Park young person representative, fire engine, free children's ride, plus "glow sticks" will be handed out to all children!
The procession will leave the churchyard via the back gate out on to Church Lane, along the full length of Borough Street and finish at the Market Place.
Here, the children of St Edwards and Orchard Community primary schools backed by the Community Band of Castle Donington College will lead the singing of traditional carols interspersed by their own renditions of modern-day Christmas tunes.
The Town Crier, Mr John Bradburn, will lead an official count-down for the switch-on of the main Christmas lights in the Market Place.
After the event the children will be given the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Santa and his reindeer before Santa "flies" off on his busy tour of duties ahead of the big night on Christmas Eve.
To complete the picture and create that special atmosphere, it is hoped that, with Santa's arrival, will come the unusual but effective "snow blizzard."
The Parish Council has been working closely with business and other local groups to promote and develop this Event yet retain the theme of informality and orientated to children. Many of the local businesses and shops will be remain open until 8.00pm on this day for Christmas Late Night Shopping.
The shopkeepers and businesses will open their doors offering seasonal refreshments and sweets for the children.
COME AND ENJOY THIS VILLAGE EVENT!
- Poster (PDF, 1.2 Mb)