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.
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.