This year’s Christmas light switch-on will be supercalifragilistic!
IT'S GOING TO BE A BUMPER SWITCH-ON WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MARY POPPINS
WITH just over three weeks to go until the Christmas lights are switched on in Grimsby’s Bull Ring – we can reveal a little more about the fun-filled family event. The excitement kicks off at 3pm on Thursday, November 22, and runs through until 8pm. The festive parade starts at the Riverhead with the actual light switch-on timed for 7pm in the Bull Ring and St James’ Square.
As in previous years, there are always special guests and characters to bring colour to the event.
This year visitors are promised a “Mary Christmas” – as the theme of the festive frivolity will be coated in a spoonful of sugar – with a fabulous Mary Poppins vibe. Not only will “Mary” make an appearance but she will be joined by her faithful friend Bert and even the cute penguins.
The theme coincides with the highly anticipated movie Mary Poppins Returns, which is due to be released in UK cinemas from Friday, December 21. It stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, along with Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury, even Dick Van Dyke; who appeared in the original movie. In addition, members of the Grimsby Auditorium pantomime cast Beauty And The Beast, will also join the group and you’ll be able to have selfies taken, too.
The free annual festive light switch-on will also require a special person to help bring the illuminations to life and the Grimsby Telegraph are still receiving nominations for the 2018 Local Hero. Do you know someone who deserves a special treat with a starring role in the Big Christmas in Grimsby event?
We are searching for a Local Hero to kick off the celebrations and press the button! Nominations can come from all walks of life, whether it’s a teacher who has guided you through a challenging time at school, a charity worker who has worked tirelessly all year to make a difference or even a youngster who has battled adversity, illness or simply had a tough year.
In November 2017, the panel of judges had a tough time deciding who should have the honour and whittled it down to not one but two deserving individuals. Such was merit of both nominees – the judges gave their blessing for a dual role – with the festive lights turned on by Ruby Oxborough, 9, and Beryl Quantrill, 80 .
Ruby had been nominated by her mother’s aunt Diana Springall for her constant support looking after her mum, Sue, who has spent several spells in hospital since her daughter was four years old.
While Beryl was nominated for her dedicated 53 years in service as a lollipop lady in Cleethorpes.
There will be two days of Christmas-themed magic in Grimsby, with a delicious food market running along Victoria Street on both days. Visitors can enjoy the reindeer parade, see the donkeys, have fun on the children’s attractions, watch the light switch on and pick up some gifts in the fabulous Grimsby Minster fair.
As well as the main event on Thursday, November 22, from 3pm to 8pm, there will be plenty of shopping opportunities along Victoria Street, on Friday, November 23, from 10am to 4pm and throughout the festive period.
Shops in the centre of town, including Freshney Place, will open late into the evening until 8pm, for the traditional late night Thursday shopping, with free parking after 5pm at Freshney Place car park.
This year, Christmas in Grimsby is brought to you by Discover NEL, NELC/Engie, VESR, Grimsby Institute, Freshney Place, Grimsby Live, Compass FM, Lincs FM and the Culture House.
To nominate your Local Hero email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the person you are nominating, along with no more than 200 words on why you have chosen to nominate them. Please mark your email subject line LOCAL HERO. Alternatively, send the information to: Local Hero, Grimsby Telegraph, First Floor, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY.
This year the deadline for nominations is Friday, November 9, and judging will take place the following week, ready for the big night on Thursday, November 22. So don’t delay nominate someone today and get ready for a very jolly holiday with Mary!
This year’s Grimsby ChristmasLights switch-on will be a fun-filled extravaganza with festivesongs.
Visitors take part in the countdown to the Grimsby Christmas Lights switch-on last year.
Last year’s Grimsby Christmas Lights switch-on in St James Square saw two Local Heroes, Beryl Quantrill and Ruby Oxborough, undertake the honour of pressing the big red button.
The 2018 Grimsby Auditorium panto will be Beauty and The Beast stars from the show will attend the big Christmas switch-on event.