Harrogate prepares to switch on the Christmas lights
The festive period is here and on Thursday November 20 the Harrogate Christmas lights will go on.
The big switch-on event will take place this Thursday outside the Victoria Shopping Centre, and the man pressing the button will be none other than jolly Saint Nick himself.
Crowds will gather to see Father Christmas on stage along with Miss Harrogate Olivia Caven, and Mayor Coun Jim Clark. This group will be joined by local musicians, according Coun John Fox, chairman of Harrogate at Christmas:
“There will be a really good show of local talent” he said. “There’s plenty going on!”
At the switch-on there will be music from 4pm, presented by Stray FM DJs, before live performances from My Forever, Harrogate Gang Show of Scouts and Guides, Royalty 3, Highfield School Choir and the Rock Up and Sing choir.
Coun Fox said:
“The majority of people bring children and come as families. People do like the lights, but it’s Father Christmas they come to see.” He added, “It’s a great opportunity to showcase local talent, and it’s the start of the festive season.”
There are already strings of Christmas lights throughout the town, which are worth an estimated £25,000.
The 2014 switch-on event is sponsored by CNG and it is hoped that it will raise funds for St Peter’s Church breakfast club which provides food for homeless people in Harrogate. There will be bucket collections on Thursday for this cause.
The lights will go on at 6pm and St Peter’s Church is holding a short service shortly afterwards for those wishing to attend.
Will you be going to see the big switch-on? Are you full of Christmas cheer or bahing humbugs and hiding at home until New Year? Let us know your feelings about Christmas in Harrogate.