Crowds gather for another spectacular Christmas lights switch-on

Published Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Christmas lights on Castle Street

Crowds of residents filled Hinckley town centre on Friday night for another spectacular Christmas lights switch-on.

The event, sponsored by the Borough Council and the Showman’s Guild, saw the lights switched on in the town’s Market Place at 6.30pm. 

Residents cheered as Town Crier Joe David and the Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth, Cllr Dawn Glenville, switched on the lights against a backdrop of festive music, played by Fosse 107.

A spectacular four-minute firework display then took place in Argents Mead, which was able to be viewed across town. The party continued afterwards, with local musicians and bands performing songs to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Festive shoppers were able to enjoy the range of stalls along Castle Street selling crafts, festive treats and tipples, as well as the Hinckley shops which remained open for light night shopping. A selection of charity stalls offered fun tombolas and prizes to take home, while cheeky elves wandered around town with their Elfie Selfie station.

Everyone’s favourite, John Parnell the ‘Hoop Guy’, also roamed the town centre as the world’s tallest elf, while Santa flew in from the North Pole to visit children in his grotto outside Jasper's on Castle Street. The grotto, kindly supplied by Hinckley Round Table, raised funds for local good causes. 
Thrill-seekers were also able to enjoy the traditional Tin Hat fair, which was open on both Friday and Saturday on Regent Street.

Council Leader, Cllr Stuart Bray said:

The Christmas lights switch-on is always one of the biggest events of the year, and this year didn’t disappoint! It was fantastic to see so many residents getting into the festive spirit and enjoying the entertainment on display, and I saw a lot of happy faces. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to organise the event, as well as to those who came along and those who opened their businesses for late-night shopping.

For those wanting to bring elderly and less mobile residents to view the lights I would recommend our Christmas lights tour on Wednesday 7 December from 6pm to 8pm. Driving through the town centre seeing the lights without all the crowds is a great opportunity and you and your passengers can also enjoy United Reform Church Community Choir singing carols. This is a lovely evening and I hope as many people as possible will come along to enjoy it.