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Chesterfield's Christmas lights to be switched on this weekend

Residents and visitors can experience the magic of Chesterfield Borough Council’s annual Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday 18 November.

The event begins from noon with fairground rides and an indoor and outdoor market with stalls offering the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for loved ones. Chesterfield Market Café will also be open within Chesterfield Market Hall.

Youngsters can meet Paddington Bear will in Rykneld Square outside Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre at noon to 12.30pm, 1pm to 1.30pm, 2pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 3.30pm.

Santa will also be in residence in Chesterfield Market Hall, on the mezzanine level overlooking the Market Café. Children can meet Santa from 11am to 3.30pm. A visit to Santa will cost £4.50 and each child will receive a present.

The Christmas lights stage show will get underway at 3.30pm with Peak FM providing entertainment.

As well as local acts, stars from Cinderella, this year’s pantomime at the Pomegranate Theatre will perform on stage with the switch-on taking place by Chesterfield’s mayor, pantomime stars and Paddington at 4.45pm.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s deputy leader, said: “Our annual Christmas lights switch-on is a great event for all the family to enjoy with the opportunity to meet Paddington Bear and Santa.

“We provide the event as part of our commitment to supporting the local economy and as well as the market and Market Hall, many of our town centre shops, cafés and restaurants will also be open on the day.”

Chesterfield borough residents can use their free parking pass to park for free at the following council-run car parks:

  • Albion Road
  • Derbyshire Times
  • Devonshire Street
  • Durrant Road
  • Hollis Lane (excluding on-street bays)
  • Holywell Cross (the 'Donut')
  • Queens Park (North and South)
  • Spa Lane
  • Station Road
  • St Mary’s Gate
  • Theatre Lane

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