THE countdown to Christmas in Rugby is just days away as organisers prepare for a festive extravaganza at the annual light switch-on event.
The festive celebrations will take place in the town centre at 5pm on Sunday, which will be the culmination of a day of fun and festivities.
There will be fireworks, story-telling, a falconry display, have-a-go circus skills, face painting, a craft market, children’s rides, a snowboard simulator and other youth activities, and a horse and cart.
Activities will start from 11am, and Father Christmas has kindly agreed to visit and will be in his grotto.
There will be a carol concert in St Andrew’s Church and free parking at the Clock Towers Shopping Centre and all Rugby Borough Council car parks.
Choir Idol, featuring Bawnmore Infant School, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore School, Henry Hinde Junior School, English Martyrs RC Primary School and Revel CE Primary School will start at 1pm, judged by Rugby Mayor Cllr Gwen Hotten.
The young choristers will be vying for the chance to win a recording session in the Rugby FM studios, with the winning carol being played out on Christmas Day on the radio station.
Rugby FM will also be hosting a roadshow, with the boy band Juice headlining.
Other acts include Joe Ridgeley, a puppeteer and magician, White Men Can’t Funk, Rugby’s Got Talent winners Holly Aires and Thomas Millet, a gospel choir, and classical act String Fever, making their first Rugby performance since their sell-out concert at the Rugby Festival of Culture.
The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks display and carols led by the Salvation Army.
Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio for the economy and culture, said: “Christmas is a special time of year for many people and the switching on of the town’s festive lights really marks the start of Rugby’s countdown to the big day.”