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Chesterfield Christmas Lights 2017

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Join Chesterfield Borough Council and Peak FM on Sunday 19 November as it provides some festive cheer with its annual Christmas lights switch-on!

The fun is set to begin at noon with stalls and fairground rides in the market place and town centre.

The little-one's in attendance will be able to see Chase from kids TV show Paw Patrol outside the Visitor Information Centre at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Santa will be in his grotto in the Market Hall from noon until 3.30pm to find out what's on the Christmas wish list of the children in attendance. Entry is £4, which includes a present for each person Santa sees.

For any shoppers looking for that early festive bargain, the indoor Market Hall is open from 11am to 5pm on the day, as well as a wide selection of outdoor market stalls. Many of the town’s independent and High Street stores will also open their doors to ensure there is something for everyone when it comes to getting that Christmas gift list sorted.

Once in town, you can enter a prize draw to win a fantastic hamper of presents from the traders on the open market and the Market Hall. Pick up an entry form from the Market Café in the Market Hall and stake your claim to win. The winner will be drawn on stage at the switch-on event!

The Chesterfield Parish Church (the Crooked Spire church) will also be open from noon until 6pm with its popular Festival of Christmas Trees, featuring decorated trees from around 90 groups and organisations from Chesterfield.

The main event

The stage show in New Square gets underway at 3.30pm with all your favourite Peak FM presenters taking to the stage with fun competitions and musical entertainment.

Stars from Peter Pan, this year’s pantomime at the Pomegranate Theatre, will also be appearing live on stage.

The entertainment will finish with the main event – the switch-on itself – performed at 4.45pm by the pantomime star Sam Attwater and Chesterfield’s mayor - Councillor Maureen Davenport - along with Chase from Paw Patrol.

He will be joined on stage by cast members Keith and Ben Simmons (who play the Chinese Policemen) and Greg Ashton (who plays Widow Twankey).

Don't miss out! Be sure to come down and join the fun!

Pantomime

If meeting the stars from Peter Pan whets your appetite for Chesterfield Borough Council’s premier pantomime, then make sure you get your tickets early!

The show stars EastEnders and Hollyoaks actor Sam Attwater as Captain Hook. Sam also won the 2009 series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

Liberty X lead singer, Kelli Young, stars as both Tiger Lily and Mrs Darling, mother to Wendy and her brothers Michael and John.

Anthony Sahota, from the BBC’s Let it Shine TV show, stars as Peter Pan.

Completing the cast are Philip Day as Dame Able Mable, Lucy Edge as Wendy and James Percy as Smee.

Word from the theatre is that Wendy is in danger thanks to the dastardly Captain Hook, but you’ll have to book to find out if Peter, Tiger-Lily and the Lost Boys will be able to save her.

Book your tickets at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/panto or by ringing the box office on (01246) 345222.

Healthy High Streets

This year’s Christmas lights switch on is being supported by the Healthy High Streets programme.

Chesterfield was recently announced as one of 33 towns across the country to be supported by the Business in the Community initiative.

Over the next three years, it aims to increase footfall, reduce the number of vacant shops, return pride to the High Street and create jobs in Chesterfield.

Healthy High Streets is backed by more than 40 high street names, who are committed to using the leadership expertise, skills and resources of their business to help UK high streets achieve their full potential.

A steering group made up of Chesterfield Borough Council, Marks and Spencer, Wilko, Boots, Greggs, Santander, Vicar Lane, the Pavements Shopping Centre and Destination Chesterfield has been set up to deliver the objectives of Healthy High Streets.

The group has already begun a promotional campaign promoting the reduced £3 for three hours parking rate available in Chesterfield Borough Council-run long stay car parks, as well as the free parking for Chesterfield borough residents available before 10am and after 3pm on weekdays and all day on Sundays and bank holidays.

It is calling on Chesterfield residents to play their part in the initiative by shopping in Chesterfield.

Healthy High Streets will be providing some competition prizes for the on-stage entertainment at the Christmas lights switch-on.

Chesterfield residents park for free

Chesterfield borough residents can use their parking disc to park for free on Sunday 19 November for the Christmas lights switch on thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council.

Motorists can use the parking disc they received with the council tax bills to park for free in the following off-street pay and display car parks:

  • Albion Road
  • Derbyshire Times
  • Devonshire Street
  • Durrant Road
  • Hollis Lane
  • Holywell Cross
  • Queen’s Park (North and South)
  • Spa Lane
  • Station Road
  • St Mary’s Gate
  • Theatre Lane
  • West Street

To win a Healthy High Street Christmas package just answer the simple questions below...

Competition Rules

Entry to the competition commences Monday 7th November and will close on Sunday 20th November at 12:00 hours

Entry to the competition is available at peakfm.co.uk and down at the Chesterfield Borough Council Christmas Lights Switch-On Sunday 20th November

The winner will be announced at the Chesterfield Borough Council Christmas Lights Switch-On Sunday 20th November at 16:45 hours

The winner must be in attendance on the night of Sunday 20th November at Chesterfield Borough Council Christmas Light's Switch-On, if the 1st name announced is not there we will randomly draw another name.

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