Warwick districts encouraged to join virtual Christmas light switch-on - The Leamington Observer

Warwick districts encouraged to join virtual Christmas light switch-on

THE FIRST ever virtual Christmas lights switch-on event is taking place across Warwick district on Friday.

Warwick District Council is reminding residents to ‘light up the district’ by switching their Christmas lights on at home in tandem with the town centres.

Following the cancellation of this year’s light switch-on events, instead, the light-up will go live on the council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel from 5.45pm on Friday (November 27). The event will kick off with performances by Arna and Elsa from Frozen and Buddy and Jovie from Elf. The lights will be switched on from 6pm remotely by the town’s mayors.

People are invited to share photos of their own lights at home and can enter the ‘Best Decorated House Competition’, with the chance to win the opportunity to switch on the lights in their town next year.

WDC councillor Richard Hales said: “We want as many of our residents as possible to join with us in marking the start of the festive season in true Warwick district fashion.

“Though we can’t be together, we can still meet virtually to celebrate an unprecedented year in which we have seen our communities come together in the best way to support each other, and I hope to see this community spirit reflected as we see streets light up together.”

He is also asking residents to consider the environment when lighting up their homes.

He added: “We would also like residents to consider more environmentally friendly methods of lighting up their home, such as using solar powered or battery timer lights. There are plenty of ways in which we can bring a little light this Christmas whilst considering the impact on our climate.”

Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/lightupthedistrict to find activities, homemade decorations and a Christmas quiz.

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