Marlborough Christmas Lights Switch On

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October 15, 2012 by We Love Marlborough

Marie Louise and Milo get ready for Christmas

Marie Louise and Milo get ready for Christmas

The Marlborough Christmas Lights Switch On event is Thursday 29 November 3-8pm.

*Download the PDF Xmas leaflet*

From 3pm in Marlborough town hall, We Love Marlborough will host a gift market, Father Christmas, Christmas crown making activities and Christmas crafts. There’ll be sausage and mash for tea plus cakes, drinks and of course mulled wine so kids and their folks can come straight from school for seasonal fun! (Follow this link for more about the gift market.)

The lights go on at 7pm and we’re looking forward to lots of kids and grown ups wearing their crowns out to see the lights go on.

Marlborough Communities Market will be out in the High Street and shops will be open late too.

Because Father Christmas was so popular last year – queues from 3.30pm onwards – we are trialling an online booking system for 3.30pm-5.30pm, it’s still turn up and queue in half hour slots 3.15pm-3.30pm and 6pm-8pm (with a small break for the lights). The presents will be better than before and more tailored to age. Grotto admission prices are £4 per child, plus £3 for the second child who visits Santa at the same time, and £2 for up to three more children who visit Santa at the same time (five is the maximum we can fit in the grotto at one time).

Book for Santa:

The Christmas Crowns workshop will be run by locally based artist James Aldridge. Each workshop is 30 minutes long to make a beautifully sparkly crown to wear at the Christmas Lights. We’re encouraging whole families to make one – not just the kids (recommended age: 4 plus). We’re looking forward to seeing children, mums and dads, grandparents and more to be out there at 7pm wearing their creation and counting down from 10!

Christmas Crowns workshops are the bargain price of £3 per person and £2 for each additional immediate family group member. We’ve also made a few slots available to book in advance:

Book for Christmas crowns:

Please stay in the vacinity if you don’t want to take part in the workshops or games with your child.

There will be lots of other free games and crafts to join in too. Wiltshire Wildlife is also running some recycled Christmas decoration and card activities, as well as promoting their very worthwhile charity.

About and around, the annual schools’ choir competition is happening at St Mary’s Church and Ducklings Toy Shop (Hilliers Lane) will have a bouncy castle and letter writing to Santa. And join in singing Christmasy songs outside the town hall with Marlborough Community Choir.


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