Christmas Lights Switch On! Nov. 19, 2019 | In Events

We sparkled our way into the festive season on Saturday 16th November at our annual Christmas lights switch on event.

The amazing Myah Freeman, Starlet Dance and Stagecoach Reading Caversham provided a variety of musical and dance entertainment to get the crowd warmed up.

Host Neal Veglio took to the stage to introduce stars of the Hexagon Theatre’s Christmas panto, ‘Cinderella’ for some festive frolics and a singalong with the crowd.

The fun didn’t stop there with Neal being joined on stage by some of the team from Dingley’s Promise, and their much-loved teddy mascot.

The show finale saw a very special appearance from some excitable Elves and Father Christmas himself, who had the honour of turning the lights on.

After the show, Father Christmas had another important job to do, which was to officially open the Broad St. Mall Elf Station.

Competition winners from Facebook and families from Dingley’s Promise were treated to a special VIP experience at the Elf Station, where they had the chance to write a letter to Father Christmas, enjoy some fun, festive crafts and pose for photos with Santa and the Elves.

The Elf Station opened to the public on Sunday 17th November and will be open every Saturday & Sunday between 11am - 5pm until Christmas.

This Christmas, Broad St. Mall will be raising money for Dingley’s Promise who support children aged 0-5 with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), so while entry to the Elf Station is FREE, any donations will be greatly received and will go towards helping to make a difference to a child’s life.

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