LEAMINGTON was officially lit up at the weekend as the town began its preparations for the festive season.
Despite the high winds, crowds gathered for a day filled with fun and family entertainment at the annual Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday (November 15).
Everything from traditional carols to pop hits could be heard along the Parade and visitors enjoyed the Yuletide market and funfair rides before Santa – with a little help from friends including mayor Amands Stevens – flipped the switch to officially get Christmas under way.
Leamington Rotary Club’s Tree of Light was also turned on outside the town hall for the first time this year to mark the start of a fund-raising campaign in aid of The Myton Hospices.
A second tree will also be taking pride of place this year at St Margaret’s Church in Whitnash with anyone able to remember relatives or friends who will not be with them this Christmas.
The lists of names will be on display in the church porch and library in Whitnash and outside the town hall and inside the Royal Priors from now into the New Year.
Stephanie Kerr, Director of BID Leamington, said: “We look forward to the Christmas lights switch-on event every year.
“It always attracts tens of thousands of festive revelers annually and is a wonderful way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit at this magical time of year!
“It also helps to launch the Christmas trading period in style.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/treeoflight2015/ to donate to the Tree of Light Appeal.
*AND Whitnash Christmas Lights switch-on is set to take place on Sunday, December 6.
The festivities will start at the Plough & Harrow Pub from 4pm before the lights are turned on at 6pm.
There will be music and dancing, fairground rides, bouncy castles and stalls raising funds for local charities while Father Christmas will take time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit.
Townsfolk are also being urged to light up their homes and businesses, which will be judged by the town council on Sunday December 21.