Town will be lit up in style

Ilkeston Christmas Light Switch On. Children seeing Santa for the first time.
Ilkeston Christmas Light Switch On. Children seeing Santa for the first time.

There’s lot’s of festive family entertainment lined up for the bigger than usual Christmas Lights switch-on event in Ilkeston on Friday November 27.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season during a free night of fun for people of all ages.

The celebration event will take place between 5.30pm and 8.30pm in Ilkeston town centre, with the mayor switching on the lights at 7pm. The sky will then explode in a riot of colour as fireworks add to the festivities.

There will be traditional music and songs from local band Money Spiders and Ilkeston Brass Band – while the festive fun will also include a small local market, lots of ‘walkabout’ characters and carol singers.

Erewash Museum also joins the free festivities with a fun Dickensian theme to celebrate Victorian Christmas traditions and customs - residents and children can meet Ebenezer Scrooge, listen to Victorian carol singers and meet some of the residents of Dalby House.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “The countdown to Christmas 2015 is underway and we look forward to another wonderful celebration to light up the town. It is always a lovely, family event and brings everyone together to welcome the festive season and is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all that our town has to offer.”

In Long Eaton the Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event will be held on Thursday November 26 when Councillor Custance will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm.

In addition, there will be a chance for celebration sing-a-longs with Money Spiders who will be playing from 6.20pm - 6.50pm and 7.10pm - 7.30pm.

It will take place around the Market Place area of the town centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. One of the highlights of the event will be a illuminated procession by children from Dovedale School.