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West Bridgford’s Christmas Lights Switch On returns on Saturday November 18 with Our Dementia Choir

Last updated: 6/11/2023

West Bridgford’s free Christmas Lights Switch On returns on Saturday November 18 from 10am until 5pm for a fun packed festive day with music and entertainment including a special performance from Nottingham’s Our Dementia Choir.

The event sponsored by The National Ice Centre will take place on Central Avenue in the town throughout the day and visitors can enjoy seasonal festivities, browse a selection of food, drink and gift stalls, street theatre entertainment and live music from community groups!

Nottingham’s Our Dementia Choir will perform on stage from 4pm ahead of the countdown to the lights switch on by Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr Debbie Mason at 5pm, followed by a grand finale of lower noise fireworks and LED freestyle performers.

Local athlete Jonty Bayliss is back hosting the main stage and there will be variety of family favourites including local choirs, community groups and a resident DJ throughout the day.

The food and gift market will showcase over 40 of the region’s and Borough’s finest designers and producers, offering a chance to buy a range of seasonal treats to put a smile on the face of a friend or loved one.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Abby Brennan said: “Our annual Christmas Lights Switch On event is a fantastic fun day for residents across the Borough!

“You can enjoy an array of free entertainment, indulge in festive treats and get started on the Christmas shopping!

“This year the wonderful Our Dementia Choir will be performing some of their favourite tunes that you will want to sing along to!

“They are an inspiring group helping to spread awareness around dementia and we’re delighted to welcome them as we work to become a Dementia Friendly community here in the Borough.

“This event is not one to miss so make sure you come to the town on Saturday November 18 and join us for the countdown to the Central Avenue lights switch on followed by our lower noise but no less spectacular firework display.”

Our Dementia Choir Trustee Secretary & Operations Manager Emma Cripwell said: “Local Nottingham Charity, Our Dementia Choir is excited to perform at this year's Rushcliffe Light Switch On.

“Visit our stand in the dementia-friendly tent to find out more about joining the choir or volunteering for us and bag yourself some limited-edition merchandise!”

Operations Manager at The National Ice Centre Kaylie Bickle said: “We’re proud and excited to be sponsoring the West Bridgford Light Switch On for a second year and to support such a feel-good event so close to us in Nottingham.

“Christmas skating is a great way to start your festivities and we can’t wait to share the joy. We hope to engage lots of visitors in our activities at the Switch On and share the exciting festive schedule for Christmas at the NIC this year.

“Launching with our own Christmas lights switch on, on 25th November, the NIC will be in full festive swing, and from 9th December our Santa’s Grotto opens to the public.

“With other events such as Festive Character Skate and Princess and Superheroes Party, there’s something for everyone to end the year on a high.”