Christmas lights switch-on events in Welwyn Hatfield

It's almost the most wonderful time of the year, which means the details for this year's Christmas lights switch-on events can be revealed.

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In Hatfield, the lights will be illuminated on Saturday 16 November, from 12-4.30pm. Taking place across the town centre - in White Lion Square, The Arcade and Market Place - this year's theme is Snow White, and pantomime stars from Campus West will be switching on the lights at 4.30pm.

There is a jam-packed stage lineup of amazing performances, as well as plenty of festive fun, including: the chance to visit Santa in his grotto, funfair rids, Christmas crafts, and food and drink stalls.

In Welwyn Garden City, the big switch-on event is taking place on Saturday 23 November.

Between 12-6pm, there will be a variety of entertainment and attractions, including a stage outside the Howard Centre showcasing local talent throughout the day, as well as stalls from local businesses and the chance to make your own baubles to take home. There will be a fun fair for all ages to enjoy, as well as Santa in his grotto and a craft market.

Finalists in BBC's The Greatest Dancers James and Oliver will be performing, and there will be free face painting. The lights will be switched on at 5.30pm.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Business, Partnerships and Economic Development, said: "I know that for many residents, our Christmas lights switch-ons mark the start of the festive period, and the events are something everyone in Welwyn Hatfield really looks forward to.

"As always, there is plenty of festive entertainment on offer for the whole family at both events, and this will be the first time the lights are switched on in the new-look White Lion Square which is really exciting for Hatfield."

Hatfield's annual Christmas window display competition will run from Saturday 16 November until Thursday 26 December. There is also a special late night Christmas shopping event in Hatfield town centre on Wednesday 18 December, where shops will be open until 8pm.