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Monday, November 14, 2016

Come and celebrate the Ormskirk Christmas lights switch on

Come and enjoy lots of exciting fun at the Christmas Lights switch on in Ormskirk town centre on Friday 25 November.

From 12pm-4pm families can go to Moor Street to dance along to Vintage DJs playing Christmas music and enjoy a cuppa outside Gertie the Vintage Caravan Tea Room, open until 8pm.

An amazing snow globe will be on Moor Street from about 2pm creating a fabulous photo opportunity in a Winter Wonderland scene as a family keepsake or a special Christmas Card.

From 4.30pm to 6pm there’s a variety of entertainment on and around the stage at the Clock Tower to include family entertainer ‘Fun Steve’ and vocalist Sarah followed by Circus Frank, the superb ‘Ormskirk Rock Choir’ who will be entertaining the crowds with popular favourites such as ‘Merry Christmas everyone’ and ‘Let it snow’. Favourite Children’s characters Christmas Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Peppa Pig and one of the Minions will be in town meeting and greeting everyone, together with Silcocks amusements providing children’s rides throughout the event.

The marvellous compere Andy Jay will continue the party atmosphere by introducing a popular Michael Buble tribute act. This will lead up to the Carol Service at 6pm.

Dignitaries and fellow guests will assemble at Ormskirk Parish Church before processing to the sounds of a piper to the main stage for the carol service at 6pm.

Local Clergy will conduct the carol service assisted by Skelmersdale Prize Brass Band and Friends in Unison Choir.

The Mayor of West Lancashire Councillor Liz Savage will give a Christmas address and be joined by guests together with Don Evans, West Lancashire’s Town Crier who will lead the crowd in the countdown, the Mayor will pull the switch at 6.30 p.m. and Ormskirk will shine brightly with Christmas sparkle as the lights are switched on.

The Chapel Gallery’s Christmas Market, open from noon to 8pm, is free to enter. Visitors can browse stalls while enjoying artisan foods and a festive atmosphere. From 6pm to 8pm, the gallery hosts fairground games, a face painter and creative activities. A caricaturist will draw free, fun portraits which will make perfect Christmas presents. There’s live music and a complementary glass of mulled wine, while stocks last.

There are also stalls in the outdoor Christmas fair marquee which will be open from 12 noon until 8pm, and complements the Chapel Gallery Christmas Market.

Provided by the local Rotary Club, Santa will be in his special grotto in the marquee from approximately 4.30pm anxiously waiting to hear Christmas presents lists.

The Christmas theme continues on Saturday 26 November with the monthly Makers’ Market at the Chapel Gallery and return of Gertie the Vintage Caravan Tea Room and the fantastic Vintage DJs located on Moor Street. Children and families can enjoy the Christmas-themed Gingerbread Trail and enter a prize draw by visiting Ormskirk Community Partnership’s stall on Moor Street. All activities are between 10am and 4pm.

On Sunday 27 November the gallery hosts a Christmas-themed Vintage and Handmade Market between 10am and 4pm, with Punch and Judy shows at 11am, 12.30pm and 3pm.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Christmas will start with a bang in Ormskirk with our fantastic Christmas lights switch on event and Chapel Gallery Christmas Fair so make sure you come along and enjoy the fun.”

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit our event pages.

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