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22 November 2017

BIG Christmas Lighting Up Celebration Friday 1st December

CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTMAS AT WEYMOUTH’S BIG CHRISTMAS LIGHTING-UP CELEBRATION ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER.


Make the most of Christmas in Weymouth with FREE PARKING from 3pm every day in WPBC town centre car parks from 1st December until 31st December.  Christmas Entertainment starts at 2pm – full programme on line at weareweymouth.co.uk/christmas.

Enjoy the entertainment from 2pm including dance troupes, choirs, singers, a Santa parade and more. Meet the cast from this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, and join in the countdown to the BIG Christmas light switch-on at 6pm, when the Weymouth’s Christmas tree and town lights will be turned on by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland and the Panto cast. Christmas stalls featuring mulled wine, hot chocolate, hot chestnuts, candyfloss tubs, sweets and the Cider Flagon Wagon will also be in town.


 

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Don’t miss the special opening day ‘£5 FRIDAY’ ice skating offer on the Real Ice Rink, which will be open for all to skate the night away. Be the first to step on the REAL ice and pay only five pounds for a 45-minute skate session. Located in New Bond Street the Ice Rink will be open every day (except Christmas Day) from the 1st December- 1st January 2018.

Following the arrival of Santa and his parade, he will take up residency in his grotto in Cineworld where you can find him every December weekend and three days leading up to Christmas Day. Be greeted by his friendly elves and meet Santa in his cosy lounge grotto. Tickets now available on line or on the door £5.

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Weymouth’s BIG Christmas celebrations will continue on Saturday 2nd December when the town links to the national retail initiative of Small Business Saturday. Parking will be FREE all day on Saturday, in WPBC town centre car parks, visitors are advised to look out for the signs in car parks taking part in the offer.

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Revel in the Christmas spirit and make a day of it – meet Santa, skate on the rink, shop by the sea in Weymouth’s range of high street and boutique stores, enjoy Weymouth in winter then relax in one of the town’s cafes, bars or restaurants. Don’t miss Carols around the Christmas Tree on Sunday 17th December, Silent Disco sessions on the ice on 9th and 16th December and our special ‘Space to Skate’ sessions for families who like the rink to be a little less crowded.

Paul Mills, Event Manager at Weymouth BID said “We have a great line-up of family entertainment from 2pm to 7pm on the 1st December, celebrating the launch of Weymouth’s BIG Christmas, as well as the first day offer on the ice rink of just £5 per session.  Can I also remind everybody of the Road Closures for this event, which are in force from 10.30am to approx. 10pm. St Mary Street (Esplanade to St Edmund Street), New Bond Street, Bond Street (St Thomas Street to Maiden Street), St Thomas Street (School Street to St Alban Street) and St Alban Street (St Thomas Street to Maiden Street).


 

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Weymouth’s BIG Christmas is proudly supported by Gold Sponsor Asda and Bronze sponsors: Resort Marketing, Weyprint, Oakes Insure, Fish n Fritz, Heritage, Weymouth College, McDonalds and Milsted Langdon. Sponsorship of events has a direct impact on the success of events such as Weymouth’s BIG Christmas and the Board of Directors at Weymouth BID would like to thank them all.

You can find the full schedule of events for the day here.

For more information and to book ice skating & grotto tickets online NOW visit www.weareweymouth.co.uk/Christmas

 

Schedule for Friday 1st December

The schedule:

2pm Main Stage, New Bond Street  -Wessex FM Roadshow

2pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Rachel Scott Singers

2.45pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Mercury Dance Academy

3.15pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Lili White

3.45pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – The Deans Academy

4.00pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Razzmatazz

4.15pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Let’s Dance

4.30pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Quay Theatre Arts

4.45pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – The Decadettes

18.10 Main Stage, New Bond Street – Pantomime Cast – Queen Thelma

18.20 Main Stage, New Bond Street – Holy Trinity Choir

 

5.00pm Santa arrives in his parade with REAL reindeer, characters from this year’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Prince & Princess of Light, Twirl Academy Majorettes and Let’s Dance Dancers ending up at his grotto in Cineworld. He will travel up St Mary’s Street to the King’s statue and return down St Thomas Street to New Bond Street.

5.45pm New Bond Street Santa arrives at Cineworld for a meet and greet.

6pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Join in the countdown to the Weymouth’s Christmas Light Switch On by Mayor of Weymouth & Portland and Sleeping Beauty  Pantomime Characters.

6.10pm Main Stage, New Bond Street – Weymouth’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime take to the stage with snippets from the show!

 

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