When are the Christmas lights being switched on in Ilkeston and Long Eaton?

Brooklands Primary School pupil Chloe Allen won the chance to help Erewash Mayor Councillor Val Custance switch on last years Long Eaton Christmas lights.
Brooklands Primary School pupil Chloe Allen won the chance to help Erewash Mayor Councillor Val Custance switch on last years Long Eaton Christmas lights.

Seasonal songs, live music, funfair rides and fireworks will be part of the Christmas lights switch-on event in Ilkeston.

Erewash mayor Abey Stevenson will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm on Friday November 25 to launch the Christmas season.

The celebration will get underway at 5.30pm when Ilkeston Brass Band will entertain the crowds. They will be followed at 6.20pm by a Motown Girls Trio who will perform all the classic hits in a 30-minute show.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “The countdown to Christmas is now well underway and we look forward to another big turnout to celebrate the lighting up of Ilkeston.”

The switch-on will be followed by a two-minute firework display and more music. Santa will be putting in an appearance, and there will also be a funfair and Victorian stilt walkers.

• The mayor will also be switching on Long Eaton’s Christmas lights the previous evening, Thursday November 24, at 7pm.

Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will get the event underway on the pedestrianised Market Place at 5.30pm before a Take That tribute takes to the stage at 6.20pm.

There will be an illuminated procession featuring puppets handmade by pupils from Dovedale School at 6.40pm from Long Eaton Town Hall, leading the mayor to the Market Place for the switch-on.

There will also be a funfair to keep the family entertained. Following the switch-on, the music and celebrations continue until 8.30pm, including more from the Take That tribute.