Cracking Christmas lights switch-on to launch festive season


Save the date – Tamworth’s festive season officially gets underway in a month’s time with another cracker of a Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday 20 November 2016.

The countdown to Christmas will be launched in style with a jam-packed afternoon of festive fun for the whole family in Tamworth town centre, ahead of the main event in St Editha’s Square at 5pm, when the town will be bathed in Christmas cheer.

The annual Christmas lights switch-on is another favourite in the Tamworth Arts & Events calendar, usually attracting thousands of people who flock to the town to enjoy the celebrations. Last year, an estimated 8,000 people came along to join in the festive fun.

Festivities take place throughout the day from 1pm, including live music, fairground rides, a festive market, treasure hunt, a nativity under the Town Hall, the St Editha’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, walkabout characters, dance performances, face painting and personal appearances at intervals from Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall in Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Music will again centre round the Touch FM stage in St Editha’s Square, featuring live performances from a range of acts from 2pm, including The Glamophones, Matilda Pratt, Tamworth Voices, Glenn Chevannes and dancers, Just Perform, Tamworth Pantomime Company and more.

Elsewhere, Tamworth Sixth Form Dance Company will perform under the Town Hall in Market Street, where members of St Francis Church will also stage a live nativity.

The Christmas market will also return this year, lining George Street with a range of stalls selling gifts, crafts, novelties, local produce and festive food – perfect for picking up some unique and personal Christmas presents.

Any businesses or charities interested in booking a stall at the festive market are asked to contact Frances Bragger on 01827 54692, or email

Also returning is the annual Christmas Tree Festival in St Editha’s Church, which invites schools, businesses, local groups and individuals to decorate a tree to be displayed in the church to raise vital funds for its coffers.

This year the honour of switching on the lights will be given to the winner of a special Cub Cake and Brownie Bake-Off competition which is taking place as part of this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition.

Cubs and Brownies from across the town will be competing in the Town Hall on Thursday November 3 to find out who will throw the festive switch alongside Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Ken Norchi, and Father Christmas.

Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Ken Norchi, said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of the Christmas lights switch-on celebrations and helping to get the festive season underway in Tamworth. Another great afternoon of fun and entertainment has been lined up and I hope lots of families come and join us in the town centre to soak up the Christmas atmosphere.”

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “The Christmas lights switch-on event is another highlight in Tamworth’s free programme of arts and events and a lot of work is involved in pulling it all together. This year the Arts & Events team has organised another great programme of entertainment, including characters from Paw Patrol which I’m sure will be a big hit with some of our younger visitors. It should be the perfect start to the Christmas season.”