Roll up for Kingston's Christmas spectacular - from circus displays to traditional markets this festive season
PUBLISHED: 13:19 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 07 November 2013
The Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday November 14 will kick-off a programme of festive family events, attractions and entertainment - not to mention late night shopping - in Kingston that will last right through to the New Year.
For the lights switch-on, the streets will come alive with festive cheer thanks to free entertainment starting at 3pm and culminating with Father Christmas switching on the lights at 6pm.
“We have chosen a circus theme for our switch-on celebrations this year, taking our inspiration from The Rose Theatre’s Christmas production of The Snow Gorilla,” says Ros Morgan from Kingstonfirst.
“Residents and visitors to the town will be wowed by circus displays from the hula girls, a fire breather, The Black Eagles acrobatic performers and a strongman.
As part of the switch-on celebrations, Strictly fans will be treated to an performance from one of the show’s past dancers, Izabela Rai, and her team and children will able to visit the live reindeers and Santa’s grotto on Old London Road.
There will be five stages of entertainment spread across the town, including a Radio Jackie stage at The Bentall Centre with a DJ from 3pm and a performance from the Kingstonfirst Spotlight competition winner, Lili Caseley.
is open daily from 10am to 7pm and until late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will offer a feast for the senses.
Kingston’s Memorial Gardens meanwhile will be transformed into a winter wonderland as the Kingston Christmas Market pops up until Sunday January 5 with festive treats such as mulled wine and roast chestnuts on offer and
Shoppers can also peruse the wares from Eden Crafts, who will have a pop-up stall on All Saints Church Lawn.
For more information on visiting Kingston upon Thames call 0208 547 1221 or go to www.kingstonfirst.co.uk