While others stay in grudging denial for as long as possible, I embrace everything commercial and tacky about Christmas, especially when it comes to seasonal treats like decorations and Christmas lights.
Which is why I look forward every year to the grand Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch on - this year happening on Thursday 25th November in Longmarket.
The lights will be turned on by stars from The Marlowe Theatre pantomime. Events start with the Lord Mayor Cllr Jennifer Samper and the stars at the steps to The Marlowe Theatre, before they take a horse-drawn carriage down the High Street, along with a parade of the cast of Roib Hood. They will hit the button itself on the balcony over Burton's, at 5.45pm.
This year's Christmas lights have been designed and supplied by Whitstable-based Millenium Quest - who have supplied London's Regents Street with lights for the last four years. Canterbury will be lit with nearly 10,000 lights, in cross-street banners, snowflakes, stars and on lots of Christmas trees with some of the designs being animated. Canterbury decorations will also include 55 projecting Christmas trees and hundreds of metres of festoon garlands hung across the city centre streets.
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