Long Eaton and Ilkeston will be 'lit up' at the annual Christmas lights switch-on later this month, with the events taking place on the 28th and 29th of November respectively.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Clare, will switch on the lights at each town to officially launch the Christmas season across Erewash, with a feast of free family fun on offer at both events to ensure a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
Traditional festive music and songs will be performed throughout the switch-on events, which take place from 5.30pm - 8.30pm.
The lights switch-on in each town will take place at 7.00pm.
Long Eaton - Thursday 28 November
A Christmas market and family fun fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre while traditional festive music and songs will be provided by local band Wildest Dream along with performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band, accompanied by the U3A choir.
Street entertainers, fun ‘walkabout’ characters and a visit by Santa Claus and some real reindeer will also ensure a magical night as Long Eaton begins its countdown to Christmas.
Ilkeston - Friday 29 November
Local band Wildest Dream will be joined by the Ilkeston Brass Band to provide the Christmas sounds – while the festive fun will also include a Victorian Market, lots of ‘walkabout’ characters, a penny farthing, a juggler, carol singers and even a Victorian cook!
Erewash Museum are also joining the free festivities with a fun Dickensian theme to celebrate Victorian Christmas traditions and customs. Residents and children can follow ‘reindeer footprints’ from the Market Place to the Museum where they can meet Ebenezer Scrooge, listen to Victorian carol singers and meet some of Santa’s reindeers in the museum grounds.