RUGBY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2013: Fun for all at festive switch-on

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Preparations are now well under way for the new-look Christmas lights switch-on in Rugby.

The big Christmas light switch=on will take place on Sunday November 24 when it will be out with the old and in with the new.

The festive fun, organised by Rugby First in partnership with Rugby Borough Council, will include music, a food fayre, fireworks, arts and crafts, funfair, live reindeers and of the light switch-on.

Activities will run from 10.30am to 5pm and be spread from Church to North Street.

Rugby FM’s, Jason Moss will be on stage to host some great live music, dance, games, magic, the Choir Idol final, carols from the Salvation Army and a very special guest, Father Christmas, who will turn on the lights.

New for this year will be a Christmas Arts and Craft Fair. A chance to pick up some great local, quality, handmade arts and crafts treats and presents for friends and family. All stalls are undercover and entrance is free.

This event will also take place on Monday November 25.

There will also be Punch and Judy, a magic show, funfair bouncy castle, face-painting, bubble winter-land and live reindeers.

At the food fayre there will be an array of colourful stalls and to round off the day there will be a firework display set to music provided by the award winning MLE Pyrotechnics.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “This year’s Christmas lights switch on promises to be bigger and better than ever, with new attractions and a host of entertainment on offer.

The event has festive fun for all the family, and it’s the perfect way to start the countdown to Christmas in Rugby.”

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Managing Director added: “The Christmas light switch-on is always very popular and increases town centre footfall at what is a very important time of the year for local retailers. This year we have made some big changes to the event to broaden its appeal to a wider audience, increase visitor numbers and keep it fresh and interesting.”