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CBBC star to switch on town’s lights

Christmas is coming and Beverley aims to make the most of it! Thursday November 23rd sees the town’s official lights switch-on, which will be performed by CBBC Officially Amazing presenter Ben Shires. Assisted by Town Mayor Ann Willis and the President of Beverley Lions, he will flick the switch at exactly 6.25pm at the Market Cross. The build-up to the switch-on will feature  music from the band of St Mary’s Beverley Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade, followed at 6pm by the Beverley Lions Christmas Service, conducted by the Rev Diane Finch of Toll Gavel Church and the school choir from Minster Primary School.

Father Christmas will, of course, be in his sleigh and other attractions promised include Beverley FM and the production company behind this year’s panto at the Parkway Cinema. Across at Flemingate the festivities will also be well underway, with Beverley’s Remarkable Rock Choir performing festive rock classics from 6.30pm ahead of the shopping centre’s illuminations being switched-on by triple world-champion Town Crier Michael Wood at 7.15pm, followed immediately afterwards by a stunning fireworks display to light up the night sky.

The centre has worked closely with the Christmas lights committee on the timings of both events. Visitors can watch the Beverley Lions switch-on in Saturday Market and then take a stroll over to Flemingate to see their lights and fireworks.

Two days later, on Saturday November 25th, the popular Christmas Festival of Food and Drink returns to Beverley Minster, with more than 60 local food and drink stalls. There will be activities for children and live music to make the occasion go with a swing.

Father Christmas will be taking time out from his busy schedule to put in an appearance at the festival, from 1pm, and Christmas cooking and flower demonstrations are also promised.

And then, on Sunday December 10th, comes the town’s annual Festival of Christmas. Each year on the second Sunday in December, the centre of the town is transformed into a magical wonderland for Christmas shoppers with over 120 stalls selling all manner of Christmas gifts and locally produced food and drink.

The festival takes place from 10am to 4pm and will open with the Christmas Parade, which sets off from Wednesday Market to Saturday Market and will be led by Santa with his sleigh and reindeer. There will be four traditional Victorian Christmas Markets nestled within Saturday