Watford Christmas Light Switch On - November 20th 2014
19th November 2014
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

And what could signal the beginning of the festive season more than the switching on of Watford's lights?

For many of us, the Christmas countdown begins with the annual town Christmas lights switch on. It's the day when autumn ends and winter begins (even though this may not be strictly - well, scientifically - true!) It's at this point that we bundle the last of the lightweight clothing into the back of the wardrobe (or into one of those vacuum sealed bags - very handy they are too!) and say hello to our old friends, the scarves, hats, gloves, thick jumpers and fluffy onesies. 

Just me then?

Surely not?

Watford's Christmas Lights Switch On

Tomorrow (Thursday 20th November 2014) is the big day, with celebrations and activities starting in Watford's malls from 4pm. There will be plenty of family friendly things to see and do, including free face painting, roller skating elves (yes, you did read that correctly!), a magician and ice pixie stilt walkers! (again, yes, you did read that right...)

The main event starts at 6pm on the Upper Mall's bridge between River Island and John Lewis. Performances from X-Factor's Concept, as well as local talent, Mossy McKenna and Midnight Trio will get you in the festive mood.

You will also have the chance to see the Watford FC players, who will be holding a signing event beforehand in the gallery (so don't forget your footballs, football shirts and memorabilia!)

intu Watford will also be welcoming Santa and unveiling its brand new magical reindeer maze grotto!

At 7pm, Watford's Christmas lights will be turned on by six-year old Rio Woolf, otherwise known as the winner of the Watford Observer and intu Watford's Local Hero Search. Rio was born with a rare condition that left him without a tibia, knee or ankle joint. His leg was amputated when he was just 14 months old and for years he was unable to run with his friends as his NHS prosthetic limb was too heavy for him to keep up. After watching the 2012 Paralympics, Rio decided he wanted to run on the Olympic Stadium track; Dorset Orthopaedic designed a running blade for him so he could fulfil his dream. 

To round off the night there will be a stunning fireworks display. And if it's a bit chilly outside, don't worry - the Watford mall's glass ceiling means that the fireworks will be visible from inside... so there's no reason for you to have to brave the cold!

Plus, there's free parking in Watford from 4pm until 9pm!

Get involved! Come along to the Upper Mall in Watford tomorrow night and let's all celebrate the start of the festive season!

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