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Spectacular Christmas lights switch-on for Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 13:04 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 16 November 2018

Bexleyheath's Christmas lights will officially be switched on by the mayor on Saturday,  November 17. Photo: Bexleyheath BID

Bexleyheath's Christmas lights will officially be switched on by the mayor on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Bexleyheath BID

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Christmas 2018 and the Northern Lights are welcomed to Bexleyheath on Saturday, November 17 with a spectacular mix of music and dance from stilt walkers to bhangra dancers, and acoustic artists to fire shows.

In its third year, the Bexleyheath Christmas card competition brings together three lucky winners from schools across Bexley to switch the lights on with the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Brian Bishop, at 4pm. The entertainment will run from 11am to 5pm.

The switch-on event will also mark the launch of this year’s Yule Village and North Pole Airways Grotto, both of which are open daily with no booking necessary and running until December 23 and 24 respectively.

The Christmas lights, events and other activities in the town centre are organised and funded by Bexleyheath businesses and run in conjunction with the grotto and shopping centre decorations.

This year the Northern Lights and Scandinavian delights are coming to Bexleyheath.

The Yule Village gives the opportunity for visitors to experience traditional Scandinavian celebrations, using wintry elements to create a destination not to be missed.

The Nordic Forest is an interactive experience which will bring the beauty of the Northern Lights to Bexleyheath, setting a magical tone for people coming to visit the Yule Village.

Visitors will walk into an indoor Nordic Forest, complete with trees, sounds and a layer of mist settling on the ground. Looking up, the Northern Lights will be brought to life above their heads via leading projection mapping technology.

As the forest clears, they will be greeted by further festivities to include the Julebord Hall and Festive Family pop-up cinema.

Tony Garratt, Bexleyheath Town Centre manager, said: “The businesses of Bexleyheath continue to fund and co-ordinate these great events and decorations as a way of giving back to your year round custom. In these trying times businesses cannot be thankful enough for the year round support of their customers.

“Town centres are under pressure like never before, from both online shopping and out-of-town destinations. Bexleyheath’s Christmas Campaign 2018 is on a different scale to anything we have done before.

“It is designed to attract people from Bexley, Greater London and Kent and help put Bexleyheath on the map for its wide offering of retail, leisure and evening economy.”

The Yule Village is free to enter and will be open daily from November 17 until December 23 during retail hours.

To find out more visit EnjoyBexleyheath.co.uk or follow @BexleyheathTown on social media.

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