Christmas returning to the district's streets - The Leamington Observer

Christmas returning to the district's streets

Leamington Editorial 21st Sep, 2021   0

CHRISTMAS is returning to Warwick district this year – and that’s official.

All four towns are set to welcome people back into the town centres to switch on the lights and usher in the start of the festive season after Covid forced last year in-person events to be cancelled, replaced by the virtual ‘Light Up the District’.

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

Leamington will be the first to host its event on Sunday November 7, 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 4.30pm, followed by the main lights at 5.15pm. The Yuletide market will be in the town from 1pm.

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

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

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

Warwick District Council economy spokesman Coun John Cooke 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.”

The council will continue to implement the current public health guidance in place at the time.

Keep up to date with all of the events on the council’s website via


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