Christmas lights switched on in Hitchin and Letchworth

Hitchin Xmas lights

Hitchin Xmas lights - Credit: Archant

The festive period is really upon us, as two Comet country towns had their Christmas lights switched on.

The Christmas lights being switched on in Letchworth GC. Credit: Christian Trampenau

The Christmas lights being switched on in Letchworth GC. Credit: Christian Trampenau - Credit: Archant

The lights in Hitchin were turned on by Gabz Gardiner, star of this year’s ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, after she treated the audience to a live performance on Friday.

The entertainment started at 2.30pm, with music, stalls and children’s entertainment. The Christmas Belles performed and the evening ended with a performance by Genie and the Jivebombers.

Also on Friday, Letchworth GC had its festive lights switched on. The event took place in Leys Square, with entertainment from school choirs, Rapsodini, Mr Speaker, and the Fabulous Lounge Swingers. Santa also made an appearance, with fireworks and carols from Letchworth’s Salvation Army Band concluding the night.

Baldock’s lights were lit on Saturday, with this Saturday seeing the return of the children’s ice rink to High Street. Hourly skate sessions, which cost £4, must be booked in advance at or at the m-viron phone shop on Whitehorse Street in Baldock.

Stevenage’s Christmas lights switch-on is set to take place on Thursday from 4pm, when there will be a funfair, face painting and an appearance from Santa. There will be performances from Sophie Khoury, The Enlights, Reese Robinson and Roxy Searle. The cast of Cinderella, this year’s pantomine at the Gordon Craig Theatre, will also be making an appearance.

Star of BBC One’s The Voice, Nadeem Leigh, and ITV1’S Britain’s Got Talent, Gabz Gardiner, will take to the stage before the switch-on at 6.30pm, followed by a fireworks display.

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