October 31, 2013 by We Love Marlborough
The Marlborough Christmas Lights Switch On event is Thursday 28 November 3-8pm, with a military parade at 11am.
From 3pm in Marlborough town hall, We Love Marlborough will host Father Christmas and Christmas crafts. There’ll be refreshments so kids and their folks can come straight from school for seasonal fun!
Building up to the lights switch on at 7pm, Marlborough Community Choir, Marlborough Concert Orchestra and Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama will be providing some Christmassy music.
Marlborough Communities Market will be out in the High Street and shops will be open late too.
At 11am 200 soldiers from the town’s adopted 4 Military Intelligence Battalion will march through Marlborough. For more about this story, visit www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk
Online booking has no finished, but you can still turn up and queue in half hour slots 3pm-3.30pm and 6pm-8pm (with a small break for the lights). Grotto admission prices are – per sitting – £4 one child, £7 two children, £9 three children, £11 four children, £13 five children. (Five is the maximum we can fit in the grotto at one time. If you have more than one child and they want to see Santa alone it would be £4 per 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, and the Make Do and Mend stall.
The Christmas Lights and Christmas Lights count down are paid for and organised by Marlborough Town Council.
Marlborough Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the event to support the late night shopping. We’re keeping a running list of the shops that are opening on the night. Here’s who we know about:-
Kit Stone kitchens (Crooks Yard – back of Waitrose, until 8pm) with mulled wine, music and more, Ducklings Toy Shop (Hilliers Yard – back of Waitrose), Sound Knowledge record shop (Hughenden Yard) with a live PA with the Young Knives from 6.30pm, Beauty Fulltime (High Sreet, until 8pm) with nibble and sherry plus 10 percent off all items on the night; Foxtrot vintage clothing (opposite Town Hall, until 8pm) with warm drinks and cakes in exchange for a donation; The Food Gallery (opposite St Peters Church, until 7.30pm) with 24-hour slow-roast pork in ciabatta rolls; Joules (High Sreet, until at least 7.30pm) with bubbly and mince pies and discounts on purchases of £50 or more; Wessex Print (High Street, until 7.30pm) for nibbles and shopping; Charlotte Quest (High Street, until 8pm) for mince pies and mulled wine.