Thatcham’s Christmas Lights Celebration
Thatcham Town Council is busy preparing for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On which will be held in The Broadway from 5pm on Friday 7th December and this year is back with a bigger tree thanks to the Town Council’s partnership with Oakley Green Conservatories.
The festive fun starts from Saturday 1st December with the town centre treasure hunt. Pick up a treasure hunt flyer from a participating store or via the Town Council’s website and visit the businesses to search for a hidden clue. Decode the clues to spell a Christmas related word and return to the Town Council to win a prize generously donated by many of the businesses. The treasure hunt will run until 6.30pm on Friday 7th December where the flyer can also be picked up from the Town Council stand. Participating businesses are: AB Walker, Broadway Lifesmiles, Charles Hairdressers, Creative Teamwear, House of Cards, Kiddisworld, Kingsland Café, Moto Cycle, Newbury Building Society, Papadum, Picture IT, Roots Estate Agents, Sweet Imagination, Thatcham Kitchen Designs, The Cutting Bar and Toucan Travel.
Whilst out treasure hunting take a moment to check out the fantastic window displays from the participating town centre businesses who are vying for the Best Christmas Display trophy. The Town Mayor of Thatcham will judge the window displays during the day and will announce the winners on stage during the evening’s entertainment. Businesses taking part are Broadway Lifesmiles, Charles Hairdressers, Creative Teamwear, Dusty Attic, House of Cards, Lizzies Pet Supplies, Moto Cycle, Newbury Building Society, Picture It, RSPCA Shop, Sweet Imagination, Thatcham Kitchen Designs, Toucan Travel and last year’s winner The Cutting Bar.
Many of the above businesses will be offering late night shopping on the night and you can park for free in the Kingsland Centre all day on the 7th December kindly provided by West Berkshire Council.
On the day there will be a full Friday Market but it will close at 12.30pm so ensure you have got all of your essentials before then.
On the evening the fun starts from 5pm with entertainment in The Broadway including Father Christmas and his sleigh courtesy of the Lions Club of Newbury, steam engines, donkeys, refreshments and over 20 stalls with games and activities for all the family. On stage entertainment will include Kennet Radio, Kennet School, Spurcroft School, KATS mini show and all are invited to get festive and join in with the community carol singing led by Jamie Read with Kennet School and St Mary’s Church Choir.
The Mayor of Thatcham is delighted to be joined on stage by Mr Eric Bailey, Chairman, and Mr Danny Robinson, Team Manager, of Thatcham Town Football Club.
At around 6.55pm Madam Mayor will give her speech and Revd Mark Bennet will give his blessing before the Mayor and Danny Robinson jointly press the plunger for the big switch on at 7pm! Cold Ash Brass will then play out with some Christmas music.
Please be aware the eastern side of The Broadway (Lloyds Bank and Costa side) will be closed from 1pm in order for the event to take place. All buses which serve The Broadway will use the bus stop outside Barclays Bank.
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