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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.

This year’s Big Switch-On was another “simply brilliant” evening
with the torchlight procession from St Mary’s Church to the Market House,
carols, music, Santa with elves (with his grotto in the Market House and helping with the switch-on),
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 our shops and cafés opening late, to join in the fun.
We had 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.

This 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!