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Lights, fun and fireworks kick off Christmas in Eastleigh

The countdown to Christmas begins in grand style in Eastleigh town centre on Saturday 17 November,with spectacular lights, family fun and fireworks. The Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On & Fun Day brings entertainment, including the popular torchlit parade, to the main shopping centre and culminates in a magical firework display to start off the festive season with a bang. The free family day out, that runs from 11am,features Santa’s Grotto, street entertainment, live music, and even a mini-farm for the children. Eastleigh’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Darshan Mann, will be assisted by Santa and a couple of his elves who are taking time out from the North Pole to attend.

The light parade, featuring the Romsey Old Cadets Marching Band, Ocean Brass, jazz and pipe bands begins at 5:15pm- with the switch-on of the lights, which are inspired by snowflakes and stars, at 6pmfrom the bandstand in the Leigh Road Recreation Ground. This year’s firework display is themed on the iconic aircraft, the Spitfire, that was built locally and flew from Eastleigh’s aerodrome. You can find a unique Christmas gift at a variety of vintage market stalls and at the Sorting Office, Eastleigh’s artist and designer-maker studios off the High Street – and don’t forget the town centre’s great range of big brand and niche retailers. Make a day - and a night of it - with Eastleigh’s excellent choice of bars and restaurants – and don’t forget the free parking after 6pmin the Swan Centre. The event and lights are co-organised and funded by the Eastleigh Local Area Committee and the Eastleigh Business Improvement District (BID). Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, said: “Our grand Eastleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On & Fun Day is a major highlight in the region’s pre-Christmas events calendar and is a great way to kick off the festive season. We work hard to create a really entertaining day out that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It gives us the chance to demonstrate how Eastleigh is a really great place to do your Christmas shopping. And don’t forget that the town centre has plenty of places to eat and drink, so why not enjoy the rest of your evening by stopping off in Eastleigh?”

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