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Chesterfield Christmas Lights 2016 (Duplicate)

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Join Chesterfield Borough Council and Peak FM on Sunday 20 November as we provide you with some festive cheer with it's annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

The fun begins at noon with street entertainment, stalls and fairground rides in the market place and town centre.

For the shopper looking for that early festive bargain the indoor Market Hall is open from 11am to 5pm on the day, and there will be a wide selection of outdoor market stalls opening at 12 noon too. Many of the town’s independent and High Street stores will also open their doors to ensure there is something for everyone when it comes to getting that Christmas gift list sorted.

The Chesterfield Parish Church (the Crooked Spire church) will be open from noon with its popular Festival of Christmas Trees, featuring decorated trees from around 90 groups and organisations from Chesterfield.

The main event

The stage show in New Square gets underway at 3.30pm with your favourite Peak FM presenters taking to the stage with fun competitions and musical entertainment.

Children’s TV favourite Peppa Pig will be on stage along with stars from Aladdin, this year’s pantomime at the Chesterfield Borough Council-run Pomegranate Theatre.

Special guest Lee Brennan, the lead singer of 90s boy band 911, who had hits including Love Sensation, Don’t Make Me Wait and A Little Bit More is playing Aladdin in the pantomime.

He will be joined on stage by cast members Keith and Ben Simmons (who play the Chinese Policemen) and Greg Ashton (who plays Widow Twankey).

The entertainment will finish with the main event – the switch-on itself – performed at 4.45pm by Peppa Pig, Lee Brennan and Chesterfield’s mayor, Councillor Steve Brunt.

So come down and join the fun.

Pantomime

If meeting the stars from Aladdin whets your appetite for Chesterfield Borough Council’s big pantomime at the Pomegranate Theatre then make sure you get your tickets early.

The show stars Liz McClarnon, from the girl band Atomic Kitten, who had hits including Whole Again, Eternal Flame and The Tide Is High. She will play the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

Her co-star will be Lee Brennan from 90s boy band 911, who will play Aladdin.

The show is written and directed by Keith and Ben Simmons, who also star as the Chinese Policemen.

Completing the cast are Christopher Howard as the Emperor, Greg Ashton as the hilarious Dame Gladys Twankey and James Dangerfield as Wishee Washee.

Aladdin runs from Friday 2 December to Tuesday 3 January.

Book your tickets at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/panto or by ringing the box office on (01246) 345222.

Healthy High Streets

This year’s Christmas lights switch on is being supported by the Healthy High Streets programme.

Chesterfield was recently announced as one of 33 towns across the country to be supported by the Business in the Community initiative.

Over the next three years, it aims to increase footfall, reduce the number of vacant shops, return pride to the High Street and create jobs in Chesterfield.

Healthy High Streets is backed by more than 40 high street names, who are committed to using the leadership expertise, skills and resources of their business to help UK high streets achieve their full potential.

A steering group made up of Chesterfield Borough Council, Marks and Spencer, Wilko, Boots, Greggs, Santander, Vicar Lane, the Pavements Shopping Centre and Destination Chesterfield has been set up to deliver the objectives of Healthy High Streets.

The group has already begun a promotional campaign promoting the reduced £3 for three hours parking rate available in Chesterfield Borough Council-run long stay car parks, as well as the free parking for Chesterfield borough residents available before 10am and after 3pm on weekdays and all day on Sundays and bank holidays.

It is calling on Chesterfield residents to play their part in the initiative by shopping in Chesterfield.

Healthy High Streets will be providing some competition prizes for the on-stage entertainment at the Christmas lights switch-on.

Chesterfield residents park for free

Chesterfield borough residents can use their parking disc to park for free on Sunday 20 November for the Christmas lights switch on thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council.

Motorists can use the parking disc they received with the council tax bills to park for free in the following off-street pay and display car parks:

  • Albion Road
  • Derbyshire Times
  • Devonshire Street
  • Durrant Road
  • Hollis Lane
  • Holywell Cross
  • Queen’s Park (North and South)
  • Spa Lane
  • Station Road
  • St Mary’s Gate
  • Theatre Lane
  • West Street

To win a Healthy High Street Christmas package just answer the simple questions below...

Competition Rules

Entry to the competition commences Monday 7th November and will close on Sunday 20th November at 12:00 hours

Entry to the competition is available at peakfm.co.uk and down at the Chesterfield Borough Council Christmas Lights Switch-On Sunday 20th November

The winner will be announced at the Chesterfield Borough Council Christmas Lights Switch-On Sunday 20th November at 16:45 hours

The winner must be in attendance on the night of Sunday 20th November at Chesterfield Borough Council Christmas Light's Switch-On, if the 1st name announced is not there we will randomly draw another name.