The Nantwich Christmas Lights Switch On, organised by Nantwich Town Council, took place on Friday 15th November 2019 on the Town Square in Nantwich.
Chris Radford once again compered the event with entertainment on stage from 4pm with a performance of Christmas carols from Nantwich Youth Choir/Nantwich Young Voices and music from ABBA tribute-band UK Bjorn. UK Bjorn return to Nantwich on 20th December to perform at a sell-out concert at Nantwich Civic Hall.
Sponsors of the event and special guests were invited onto the stage before the switch on at 7pm: Mayor of Nantwich Councillor Arthur Moran with and his Consort Councillor Carole Thomas, David Pritchard from Applewood Independent (who have once again have sponsored the square’s beautiful Christmas tree), Rector of St Mary’s Church Dr Mark Hart and nominated local special VIP guests Cara, Lily-May, Mason, Meghan and Georgy, along with Father Christmas.
Mayor of Nantwich Councillor Arthur Moran thanked the sponsors, organisers and everyone who attended for supporting the event.
A countdown ensued before the Applewood Independent Christmas Tree and the town’s Christmas lights were turned on by Cara, Lily-May, Mason, Meghan, Georgy, and Mayor of Nantwich Councillor Arthur Moran.
The switch-on was followed by a spectacular firework display by multi award-winning Crewe-based firework company Blitz Fireworks. There was also a large inflatable Father Christmas adjacent to the stage.
Refreshments were available from stalls and the Nantwich Bookshop and Coffee Lounge.
There was also a festive mini-artisan market selling gifts and treats in the afternoon, setting a festive scene along Churchyardside.
The event was enjoyed by several thousand people.
The Christmas Lights switch-on is always a wonderful start to the festive period and now residents can enjoy a variety of events leading up to the big day including: Nantwich Late Night Christmas Shopping every Thursday around town from next Thursday evening (21st November), ‘Santa’s Dizzy Day’ at Nantwich Civic Hall (1st-4th December) and Kiss tribute ‘Dressed to Kill’ at Nantwich Civic Hall (Saturday 7th December, £10 per ticket).
(Text and photos by Jonathan White)