The Big Switch-On
In the run-up to Christmas, where the shortest days of winter hint at cold days ahead, but also promise the birth of new light and a new year ahead there's something magical in the way a few simple lights can add warmth and comfort and (let's face it) the "ahh" factor.
Tetbury’s Community Christmas Lights Switch-On event has always been an occasion full of cheer and warmth with the community coming together to sing carols in anticipation of Christmas and the arrival of new light in the darkness of winter. The festive lights on the Market House, at the entrance to St Marys’ Churchyard, along the streets in the town centre and entwined in the branches of trees on the town's greens help to make Tetbury look good and feel good in the run-up to Christmas.
We are planning another “simply brilliant” evening for
The Big Switch-On 2017 on Thursday 7th December
with the torchlight procession from St Marys’ Church to the Market House,
carols from the children of St Mary’s Primary School, music,
Santa with elves helping with the switch-on (visit Santa’s grotto in the Market House from 6.15pm – 7.30pm),
a Christmas market and stalls from clubs and organisations that are
all part of our little town and help make it special all year round,
and many of our shops and cafés opening late, to join in the fun.
As always, we expect a great turnout from the people of Tetbury and visitors,
to join in, share the magic and enjoy an evening in our special little town at a special time of year.
Assemble for the torchlight procession in St Marys’ Church at 5:25pm
(Note that one of the festive songs we will be singing at the Market House
will be “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
- so if you want to join in you might want to remind yourself
just how many ladies dancing, maids-a-milking and lords-a-leaping etc there were, and in what order)
To book a stall for the next switch-on or see details of the road closure for the event click HERE.
Last year the lights were switched on by
Mark Cummings from BBC Radio Gloucestershire
assisted by Masha Weerasekara from St Mary’s Primary School
The switch-on was broadcast live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire -
though nobody in Tetbury would have needed a radio to hear the cheers!