Kingston first to let the magic happen

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By whitelc | Monday, November 05, 2012, 16:48

Kingston will enjoy a fairytale start to the festive season when the Christmas Lights Switch-On takes place on Thursday, November 15th.

Santa is this year being joined by Cinderella, star of the Rose Theatre's festive panto, when the Town Centre is illuminated, from the Radio Jackie Stage in Clarence Street, at 6pm on Thursday, November 15th.

The Switch-On ceremony, which takes place opposite the main entrance to the Bentall Centre, is the centrepiece of an afternoon of activities which are once again being organised by Kingstonfirst, the place-management organisation for the Town Centre.

The magic starts at 3pm with the Switch-On itself at 6pm.

A brass band will also be performing in Clarence Street during the afternoon and children are sure to love the Giant Snow Globe which will be an additional attraction there this year.

Thousands of visitors are once again expected to flock to Kingston for the fun and entertainment, which also takes place in the Bentall and Eden Walk shopping centres, Kingston Market Place, Memorial Gardens and All Saints Parish Church.

The Christmas Bears, Barney, Amber and Daisy, will be singing and dancing in the Bentall Shopping Centre while children will be able to meet Santa in his grotto in Bentalls. There is an opportunity to write letters to Santa in Eden Walk where there will also be bands, wandering entertainment and face painting.

Enjoy the sweet taste of Christmas with a visit to the Tudor Market in the Market Place where school choirs will be singing some of your favourite carols. The evening also sees the launch of the Eden Crafts Market in the grounds of All Saints Parish Church where visitors will be able to find extra specials gifts – from jewellery to glassware; from cupcakes to ceramics.

The entertainment stretches as far as Memorial Gardens where you can meet Santa's reindeers, watch in awe at the live ice sculpting and balloon modeling, get your face painted while enjoying music provided by the bands.

Ros Morgan, chief executive of Kingstonfirst, said: "There is something truly magical about Christmas in Kingston and the Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the most popular events in the town's calendar.

"We are looking forward once again to seeing all of the smiling faces and enjoying Kingston's unique atmosphere"

Remember, you can beat the crowds by taking advantage of Kingston's park and ride service on the evening – and every day from November 10 to January 5. Park for free at Chessington World of Adventures South Explorer Car Park and buses leave every 10 minutes between 7.30am to 7pm, with a half hourly service up to 9pm. A return fare is £2.30, while U16s go free.

The Christmas Lights Switch-On is just one of the festive events being delivered by Kingstonfirst this Christmas – for more details visit



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