Ilkeston gets ready for its big Christmas lights switch-on

Last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Ilkeston.
Last year's Christmas lights switch-on in Ilkeston.

Erewash mayor Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal will have the honour of turning on Ilkeston’s Christmas lights on Friday November 28.

The free celebration will take place between 5.30pm and 8.30pm in the town centre, with the mayor flicking the switch at 7pm, followed by a display of fireworks.

As well as traditional music and songs with local band Ronny and the Rockits, there will be performances from Ilkeston Brass Band, a Victorian market, lots of ‘walkabout’ characters, carol singers and even a Victorian cook.

Erewash Museum will join 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 Santa’s reindeers in the grounds.

A Victorian cook will be demonstrating how to make a traditional Christmas pudding and visitors will have the opportunity to make a wish as they stir-up the pudding. Visitors to the museum will also see a static installation of Illuminated costumes inspired by snowmen and animals from the arctic made by children from Parklands Infant and Nursery School in Long Eaton.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “This event is a firm family favourite that brings everyone together to welcome the festive season and a great opportunity for us to celebrate all that our town has to offer.”