Santa Claus is coming to Kingston to switch on the Christmas lights as part of an evening of festive celebrations.

Santa Claus is coming to town (albeit rather early!)


Santa Claus is coming to Kingston to switch on the Christmas lights as part of an evening of festive celebrations.


The event, which takes place in the town centre on Clarence Street, begins at 3:30pm on Thursday 19th November.


But some locals are questioning whether the lights are being turned on too early.


Kingston resident Anges Carrere said: “I can’t believe how early the lights go on each year. I think they should wait until at least the start of December, when people are feeling more festive and thinking about winding down for the start of the holidays.”

 
“It seems hypocritical that they want to save energy and money, yet turn the lights on so early,” she added.

  

The annual German Christmas market will already be up and running in the square by the day of the big switch on. The always popular stalls will offer great bargains on gifts, food and mulled wine. Santa’s bar, in the centre of the market, will be offering special discounted prices from 5pm.
 

Debby Ferris, Markets and Open Space Development Manager for Kingstonfirst, said: “This is an exciting annual event which is enjoyed by lots of people every year. Hopefully this year will be even bigger and better than ever.”


The team from local radio station Jackie will provide entertainment and commentary on the festivities, whilst carollers, roving entertainers and musicians will take to the streets to entertain the public.


In addition, All Saints Parish Church Green, opposite John Lewis, will once again play host to the Craft and Gift Fair.


Local waitress Justyna Gozdek is really looking forward to the lights being turned on. “Personall I love everything about Christmas. By November I’m already feeling really Christmassy and have already bought most of my gifts. I’m looking forward to the big switch on as it’s such a great community event and there’s so much going on.”


The free event finishes around 7:30pm, after which the public can enjoy late night shopping until 9pm. For more information, contact 020 8547 1221.

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