THE ANNUAL Bromsgrove lights switch-on and Christmas Market will take place in the town this weekend, writes Ryan Smith.
This Saturday, November 17, the Bromsgrove lights will be turned on at 5.30pm, outside the Golden Cross pub.
Prior to the switch-on there will be a host of entertainment, hosted by Bromsgrove’s BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio presenter Malcolm Boyden.
On the stage from 3.30pm there will be live performances from Redditch Operatic Society, Becky Neale and Chloe Barry.
Children will also get the chance to meet the Snow Queen and Father Christmas throughout both events.
The lights will be switched on by Bromsgrove District Council Chairman Coun Caroline Spencer at 5.30pm.
We spoke to Bromsgrove’s Arts Development Officer Huw Moseley about the festive events taking place this weekend –
We speak to Bromsgrove's Arts Development Officer Huw Moseley about a weekend of festive fun in the town centre, including the lights switch on, Bromsgrove's biggest ever Christmas market and the 'dining club' night time street party in Worcester Road –
Posted by Bromsgrove Standard on Friday, 16 November 2018
Bromsgrove District Council chairman Coun Caroline Spencer, who will be turning the lights on at both events this year, said: “Our switch on events always go down very well with residents and visitors who turn out in their hundreds to enjoy the entertainment, good food and fun.
“I am looking forward to seeing the Christmas market back on Bromsgrove High Street and I am very excited to see what the ‘after party’ has in store for us to continue the celebrations into the evening.”
The annual Bromsgrove Christmas Market, organised by the Friends of St John’s Church, will be officially launched at 12.30pm on Friday, outside the Slug and Lettuce.
It will run from Friday to Saturday and the stalls will be packed with handmade gifts and Christmas decorations, all made locally.
There will also be ‘early bird carols’ at 11am on Saturday and around the market there will be a host of acts performing throughout the day, including Stagecoach Bromsgrove, the Vintage Class Singers, stilt-walker Steve Kaos and magician Luke Baker.
More on the Christmas Market
Among the traders will be Bren Henderson with her stained glass, Sarah’s Feisty Flavours’ jams and preserves and Wychbold Fudge.
Environmentally friendly Demin Upcycler will be selling bespoke handmade fashion accessories and household items alongside The Ugly House which returns with their beautifully home-crafted coasters, Christmas decor, journals, bookmarks, bunting.
Other items will include personalised dog lead hooks, key racks, coat hooks and chalk boards made from recycled picture frames, enamelled jewellery, boxes, vases and more with decorative enamelled panels, dried fruit wreaths, garlands and tree decorations.
Due to the popularly of the markets additional stalls will be set up at the New Road end of the High Street also.
This year the Christmas Markets are again supporting local charities to help with fund raising for Christmas projects. The team from St John’s Church will be bringing Christmas Cheer to the markets with their festive costumes whilst selling ‘bottle bags’ and ‘pass it forward’ gifts, residents and supporter from St Basils will sell home made crafts to support their great work to prevent youth homelessness and Chadsgrove School will run a stall and the children will sing on Friday alongside other local artists.
Friends of St John’s Chairman Jo Slade said “The ethos behind our Christmas Markets is to bring the community together and support local home industries and charities, whilst celebrating the festive season.
“We are very much looking forward to two full, fun packed days of Christmas cheer – do come down and enjoy the fun with us!”
Visit www.facebook.com/FriendsStJohnsBromsgrove for more on the Christmas Market.
Bromsgrove’s first ever ‘dining club’ street party on Worcester Road
For the first time this year, there will be an after party in Worcester Road, featuring the Indie Club – food DJs, fire performances and entertainment up to 8pm – For more on that, click here:
Lights of Love
The Primrose Hospice Tree of Lights will be switched on in a ceremony at 5pm outside Asda.