Letchworth Christmas lights switch-on brings festive family fun

Children enjoy the snow. Picture Gary Walker

Children enjoy the snow. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Families turned out in their thousands for a day of fun at the Letchworth Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday.

Switching on the lights. Picture Gary Walker

Switching on the lights. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Entertainers performing live jazz, jive and vintage music as well as ballet and street dancers took to the stage throughout the day in the lead up to the big switch-on.

The children were kept busy with theatre shows from Imajica, a Santa’s grotto, Christmas trail competition, funfair rides and more.

Friends enjoy the parade. Picture Gary Walker

Friends enjoy the parade. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

There was also a variety of world foods, delicious desserts and festive hot drinks on hand to keep everyone warm.

Letchworth BID manager Patricia Saunders said: “It was wonderful to see thousands of people come together to celebrate the start of the Christmas shopping period with our town’s lights switch-on event.

Floating angel smiles. Picture Gary Walker

Floating angel smiles. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant


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“This highly-anticipated event not only provides fantastic entertainment for visitors to enjoy, but it is also one of the busiest days of the year when it comes to footfall in the town centre.

“The lights switch-on wouldn’t be made possible without the support of the town’s Heritage Foundation, who cover the costs of the lights and installation. “The Letchworth BID has received positive feedback from BID businesses about the importance of continuing these events.

Elves wave. Picture Gary Walker

Elves wave. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

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“The support of local businesses for successful events such as this is very important and we are confident that businesses will continue to ‘vote yes’ over the next few days – a critical period in the lead up to the result of the reballot that will determine the future of the Letchworth BID and its existence for another five years.”

The Christmas parade – which is an annual favourite – featuring a Christmas sleigh, elves, majorettes, mascot characters and a princess carriage made its way through Leys Avenue ahead of the big switch-on and fireworks display.

Santa meets the crowds. Picture Gary Walker

Santa meets the crowds. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

And the festive fun in Letchworth does not end there, with activities happening right up until December 30.

Still to come is the Christmas Tree Festival, Garden City Singers Christmas Concert, Fairy Wonderland grotto, Christmas markets, snow globe, and much more.

Mickey and Minnie in the fancy dress parade. Picture Gary Walker

Mickey and Minnie in the fancy dress parade. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

To find out more about what Love Letchworth has in store for the rest of the festive period, download the full event guide by visiting loveletchworth.com.

Santa. Picture Gary Walker

Santa. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

High fives with the elves. Picture Gary Walker

High fives with the elves. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

High fives with an angel. Picture Gary Walker

High fives with an angel. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Family waiting for the parade to start. Picture Gary Walker

Family waiting for the parade to start. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Street food. Picture Gary Walker

Street food. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Couple enjoy the music entertainment. Picture Gary Walker

Couple enjoy the music entertainment. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Children's funfair. Picture Gary Walker

Children's funfair. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

The lights and the crowds. Picture Gary Walker

The lights and the crowds. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Cinders leaves the parade. Picture Gary Walker

Cinders leaves the parade. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Entertainment on stage. Picture Gary Walker

Entertainment on stage. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Entertainers on stage. Picture Gary Walker

Entertainers on stage. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Crowds and the Christmas lights. Picture Gary Walker

Crowds and the Christmas lights. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Fireworks and the Christmas lights. Picture Gary Walker

Fireworks and the Christmas lights. Picture Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

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