Countdown to Christmas

Light Switch-on in Eastleigh

Page last updated at 14 November 2016 at 12:18

Shoppers in Eastleigh Town Centre will be enjoying a dazzling Christmas this year, with the switch-on of the new festive lights display on Saturday 19 November.

The yuletide illuminations will bring a classy, snowflake- and starlight-inspired look to the main shopping area – and the Christmas season is officially launched when Santa Claus himself joins Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Des Scott, to switch them on.

The grand Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On & Fun Day will be accompanied by entertainment, Santa’s Grotto in Eastleigh Museum, live music, a fun fair, a mini-farm for the children and a variety of market stalls - including a food fair - ensuring a great, free day out for all the family, from 11am. 

Eastleigh’s artist and designer-maker studios, The Sorting Office will also be showing original, unique and high quality items for sale.

Santa Claus will lead Eastleigh’s traditional Christmas Light Parade, which gets under way off Market Street at 5pm, the lights are switched on in the Market Place at 6pm and the festivities will be rounded off with a spectacular firework display. 

Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, said: “The Council is again working closely with the BID and town centre businesses, building on the successful events of previous years, to create an even better Christmas experience for everyone who visits the town centre over the festive period - so come along to our increasingly popular Christmas lights switch-on and help get the celebrations under way in style.”

Eastleigh Borough Council has invested in the new lights display to ensure that Eastleigh, with its mix of high street brands and niche retailers, remains an attractive destination for Christmas shoppers; the Council is working in close partnership with the Eastleigh Business Improvement District (BID) who have made a significant contribution to the cost.

Eastleigh’s Christmas lights received a further boost when the council won £1,000 worth of additional illuminations at the recent Revive & Thrive Annual Conference & Exhibition.

• A post box for those special Christmas letters will open on Saturday 19 November, giving local children a chance to write to Santa himself at the North Pole.  The letter box is in the Swan Centre - and Santa will be replying to every letter he gets, care of Eastleigh Library. The last day for posting is 21 December.  

• And look out for a Fab Festive Fun Day Photo Competition.  Simply Tweet your best pic of the day to @eastleighbc #FestiveEastleigh or Facebook and get the chance to win an Amazon Fire.