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Warwick District encouraged to get into the festive spirit


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Christmas is officially returning to Warwick district, with all four towns set to welcome people back into the town centres to switch on the lights and usher in the start of the festive season.


There was a brief hiatus in 2020 as the light switch-on events went virtual with ‘Light Up the District’, which saw over 1,600 residents tune in from home to see the lights switched on, with performances from popular characters that are a regular feature at local business Enchanted Tea Rooms.


Taking place over the course of four evenings from 7 November to 5 December, Kenilworth, Leamington, Warwick and Whitnash will each host their switch-on events with a fantastic selection of entertainment, music, food and seasonal stalls.


Leamington will be the first to host its event on Sunday, 7 November, with the festivities forming part of the Diwali and Happy Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab celebrations in the town. The Myton Hospice Tree of Light will be switched on outside the Town Hall at 4.30 pm, followed by the main lights at 5.15 pm. The Yuletide market will be in the town from 1 pm.


Councillor John Cooke, Portfolio Holder for Place and Economy, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming residents back to our town centre switch-on events. These are a staple part of the festive season, where friends and families come together to mark the start of Christmas.


“Not only do these events provide a sense of community, but they are also a great support for our local businesses, so get the dates in your diaries now and get ready to light up the district.”


Warwick’s popular Victorian Evening returns on Thursday, 25 November. Starting from noon with a Victorian market, the rides and entertainment will begin at 5 pm, with the lights being switched on at 7 pm.


Kenilworth will be spreading its festivities across the town on Friday, 26 November, with both the High Street and Warwick Road lights illuminating both parts of the town on the same evening. Starting at 5 pm, both sets of lights will be switched on at 6 pm, with the events wrapping up at 8 pm.


Residents of Whitnash will be celebrating the return of the Christmas festivities on Sunday, 5 December. The event is held outside The Plough & Harrow pub in the town and starts at 4 pm with stalls, food, entertainment and an appearance by Father Christmas. The lights are being switched on at 6 pm.


You can keep up to date with all of the events on the Council’s website: www.warwickdc.gov.uk/events


Written by: David Watkins

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