Ellesmere Port Lights Switch On Thursday 23 November

14 November 2017

Christmas officially starts in Ellesmere Port on Thursday 23 November when the Christmas lights are switched on.

The activities start in Civic Square at 5pm with entertainment provided by Action Transport Theatre. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Nicole Meardon at 6pm.

The festivities include a Lantern Parade through the Port Arcades shopping centre and Civic Square with local children. To take part in the parade, there are free lantern making workshops at Hope Farm library on 18 November between 10am and 12.30pm and a second workshop from 1pm until 3.30pm.  Places can be booked on: 0151 337 6484, suitable for eight years and older, parental supervision is required. 

Said Councillor Meardon: “I’d like to invite everyone to join us at Civic Square to help switch on the lights. I’d like to thank the Meadow Primary School who decorated the special star for the Christmas tree and the Round Table who have invited Father Christmas and his sleigh to join us.” Father Christmas will return in December when he visits Ellesmere Port Market on the 16 and 23 December. Ellesmere Port Concert Brass will be playing at the market on the 23 December (12 to 2pm). There will be two £50 Ellesmere Port Market vouchers to be won in their 12 days of Christmas competition. The market is open Monday to Sunday and closed on Wednesday except for Christmas openings on Wednesday 13 and 20 December.

The Port Arcades have a packed events programme from the 18 November to the 24 December starting with a Gingerbread walkabout on Saturday 18 and the Dee Sign Choir on Sunday 19 November. Other visitors include; Neston Strummers, the Creepy Crawly show, Granny Turismo, Topiary trees and a Christmas Elf.

Ellesmere Port will also be the home for Dick Whittington, the Christmas pantomime runs from the 16 to 20 December at the Civic Hall.

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