Christmas comes to Spalding

It's Christmas lights switch on time at Springfields next Thursday.
It's Christmas lights switch on time at Springfields next Thursday.
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The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity star Jake Quickenden is switching on the Christmas lights at Springfields in Spalding this year.

Jake will throw the light switch next Thursday, October 29, between 6-9pm to turn on the Christmas 2015 spectacular light display.

The event is being compered by Heart DJs Kev and Ros.

Jake – who will be accompanied on the night by live music from local young talented covers band Radius 45 – will also be available for autographs during the evening.

With just nine weeks to go until Christmas, families will be delighted to learn that the Christmas lights switch on signals the beginning of Christmas at Springfields and the opening of the magical Winter Wonderland Walk, which is free for people to enjoy.

As always, Father’s Christmas’s arrival is eagerly anticipated, particularly as this year he will arrive with a procession of live camels plus kings and shepherds.

That happens on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm – and marks the start of weekday late night shopping until 9pm, right up until December 23.

Retail director Simon Stone said: “Christmas is always a great time at Springfields and this year we wanted it to be really special.

“We are delighted to have Jake switch on the lights.”

However, before Christmas gets into full swing, Springfields has another fantastic celebration up its sleeve.

The Springfields Fireworks Display takes place on Thursday, November 5.

This year the theme is movies and displays will be expertly choreographed to favourite big move soundtracks.

Simon Stone said: “We’re really going to put on a great show with the movie themed fireworks display.”

Gates open at 6pm with the fireworks beginning at 8pm.

Book online now at springfieldsshopping.com for early booking discounts. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children.

• The Christmas lights switch on in Spalding town centre is on Saturday, November 14.

The lights will be switched on by the new Tulip Queen, to be chosen at a competition on the same day.

There is also the School Choir Competition and a fun dog show, with dog owners invited to enter their pets into a variety of classes. Entries cost £1 in each category and the money made goes to Johnson Community Hospital.