Town all set for fireworks, festive lights and fair
Lights switched on Friday, two-day Tin Hat fair
THOUSANDS of festive-feeling residents will be stepping into Christmas this weekend at Hinckley’s spectacular lights switch-on.
This year’s event will see the town centre lights switched on at 6.30pm by Leicester Tigers players Manu Tuilagi and Logovi’l Mulipola, along with deputy mayor, councillor Jan Kirby.
The switch-on will be followed by a fantastic firework display over St Mary’s Church, sponsored by the borough council and the Showman’s Guild.
The festivities will start at 4pm, with a full programme of entertainment taking place on-stage in the Market Place.
The programme will include performances from Vicky Anne Academy of Dance, Fern and Lisa, Steve Faulkner, The Drama Academy and Hinckley Choral Union.
The switch-on will also involve representatives from the Hinckley Ex-Servicemen’s Association and the Royal British Legion at 6pm.
The lights switch-on will also coincide with the staging of the traditional Tin Hat Fair in Regent Street. The fair will be open from 4pm until 10.30pm on Friday and from 11am to 9pm on Saturday.
Council Leader Mike Hall said: “The Christmas lights switch-on is one of the most popular events of the year and we look forward to another great night.
“I hope as many people as possible come along and have a happy and safe time during what promises to be an unforgettable evening.”
Sherrilee Burdett, events and town centre co-ordinator, added: “The event is set to be a great night for all the family with lots of things to see and do to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
“We hope to see lots of people enjoying themselves throughout the evening.”
In addition to the entertainment in the Market Place, town centre shops will be open and a special Christmas market will be held to provide the crowds with an opportunity to do some timely Christmas shopping.
Some of the town centre businesses that will be open on the night include The Works, Johnsons, New Look, Thornton’s, Little Red Café, The Pottery Shed, Taylor Stephenson, Vintage Table Tea Rooms, Sky Blue Vape Lounge, Tina’s Sweet Dreams, CeX and Marmalade Meringue.
Meanwhile, children will get a chance to see live reindeer and meet Santa in his grotto, which will be located at the top of Castle Street.
Free Christmas crafts workshop for children will also be taking place at the United Reformed Church as part of the event. Families are invited to drop in between 5.30pm and 7.30pm to make a range of Christmas crafts to take home.
Road closures will go in at Thursday from 3pm and will be in place until Sunday morning. Regent Street will be closed for the whole duration, Lancaster Road will operate in a one way system from Rugby Road to Station Road, while Station Road from the public toilets to Church Walk car park will be closed on Friday night between 5.30pm and 7pm.
There will also be no pedestrian access to Argents Mead during the fireworks (6.35pm-6.50pm).