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Shrewsbury late-night shopping kicking off with Christmas lights switch-on

By Dominic Robertson | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

Shrewsbury's Christmas activities get into full swing tomorrow with the switch-on of the town's lights display.

The event will include the launch of a brand new Christmas lights display and will also mark the start of late-night shopping in the town.

Starting at 5pm bands, choirs, and acoustic acts will be performing a variety of seasonal music during the event, which is being organised by Shrewsbury Town Council in partnership with Shrewsbury Shopping Centres. It has been sponsored by Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID).

The lights will be switched on by Vicky McCabe and Eric Smith, who are performing in the Theatre Severn Christmas pantomime, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, along with the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie.

Seb Slater, Shrewsbury BID's executive director, said they were excited to kick-off the festive season in style.

He said: "This is only the beginning of Shrewsbury’s busy Christmas programme, with a wide range of events, markets, late night shopping and free parking on Wednesday evenings coming up. The atmosphere in Shrewsbury at Christmas is always magical, and we are looking forward to seeing the streets illuminated by thousands of lights, adding to our welcoming town centre."

A lantern parade will set off from the Darwin Shopping Centre at the earlier time of 5.45pm, heading into the Square for official countdown to the switch-on at 6.30pm.

Entertainment will continue in various locations around town until the main event finishes at 7.30pm.

Santa and his sleigh will also be in the Square all evening, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Severn.

Shrewsbury’s shopping centres will be open until 8pm on the evening and the Market Hall will stay open until 9pm.

Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie said: “I am excited about the programme of events that has been scheduled to celebrate the launch of the town’s new Christmas lights, with free family entertainment, and the all-important start of late night shopping in the run-up to Christmas. I would love to see as many people join me for what promises to be a fun-filled evening in Shrewsbury.”  

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