The countdown to Christmas has started with various events and activities taking place across the Borough to kick start the festive season.
Starting with Epsom's official lights switch-on event at The Market Place on Thursday 24 November from 4pm - 8.30pm, the event will feature an evening of family festive fun and the traditional lights switch-on.
This year’s lights will be switched on by some of the children who attend The Children’s Trust School along with Santa and the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor George Crawford QPM.
The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor George Crawford said, "The lights switch-on event is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get together and celebrate the countdown to the big day. Don't miss out on the chance to be part of the festive atmosphere and join in the fun. Hope to see you there!"
Christmas events across the Borough:
The Spirit of Christmas - Epsom Christmas lights switch-on at The Market Place
Thursday 24 November; 4pm - 8.30pm
Live entertainment throughout including Santa's Grotto in the Clock Tower, Selfie Snow Globe, Soft Play Party Bus, Giant Bouncy Snow Globe, Reindeer Rodeo, Fairground rides, hot food, mulled wine and much more! Funds raised from this year's event will go to two charities - 'Momentum', who support children with cancer and life-limiting conditions and their families and 'The Children's Trust’ based in Tadworth, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.
Epsom Town Christmas Fayre at The Clock Tower, Epsom Market Place
Sunday 27 November; 11am - 4pm
Friday 2 December; 5pm - 8pm
The community and the local traders welcome Christmas in traditional style at this annual late night shopping extravaganza. The Council is providing free parking for this event at Dorset House and Ewell High Street car parks from 4pm.
Christmas Fair at Bourne Hall, Ewell
Saturday 3 December; 10am - 4pm
Lights on Broadway at Stoneleigh Broadway
Friday 9 December
Events and enjoyment for all the family, including the opportunity to indulge in some late-night shopping.
Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure at Epsom Playhouse
Friday 9 December to Christmas Eve
The adventure takes place at Santa's HQ in the North Pole. The Reindeer’s Sat Nav is programmed, the toys are piled high on the sleigh and Santa is ready to go when suddenly chaos strikes! Rudolph is missing and the Elves are up to no good. Will Santa ever deliver the presents?! He needs some help from all the good boys and girls in the audience to help Santa save the day.
Aladdin at Epsom Playhouse
Friday 16 December to 8 January
A work of genie-us; this year's spectacular family pantomime is Aladdin, delivering madcap exuberance, mystical titillation and magical mayhem! The Epsom Playhouse pantomime has become a festive tradition for many and this year’s extravaganza, with stunning scenery, outrageous costumes and a fabulous cast is going to be a sensation – oh, yes it is!
Christmas Memorial Service at Epsom Cemetery Chapel
Friday 16 December
A service for those who like to remember lost loved ones as Christmas approaches. The service is not a traditional religious service though there will be some familiar Christmas music.
International Peace Light Celebration at The Ashley Centre, Epsom
Sunday 18 December; 2pm – 2.30pm
Lit from the flame at the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem, the Peace Light travels throughout Europe and the America’s. It is distributed by Scouts and Guides with a message of Peace to their countries for use at ecumenical services.
Epsom Scouts will escort the Peace Light into the Ashley Centre, where it will be welcomed by our Mayor, Councillor George Crawford QPM, and by renowned snooker star Jimmy White MBE. Everyone is invited to share in a short ceremony and to enjoy the hand bells and to sing carols. The light will be taken on to various events in Epsom.
Free parking on all Sundays in December
To support local traders and help residents with Christmas shopping, it will be free to park in all Council run car parks in Epsom Town Centre on the four Sundays in December, at - The Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Depot Road and Upper High Street car parks.
To view the full list of community events taking place across the Borough in the run up to Christmas visit the Spotlight section in the latest issue of e-Borough Insight at http://insight.epsom-ewell.gov.uk
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