Countdown begins as Stratford is lit up for Christmas

Shottery St Andrews School choir sang at the Stratford Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday.

THE Shottery St Andrew’s Primary School choir performed at the Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas lights today, Thursday.

They were accompanied by the Kings Brass band from King Edward VI School.

After the Mayor, Cllr Victoria Alcock, switched on the lights, Father Christmas made an appearance on the town hall balcony to wave to the crowds before going to his grotto.

Like last year the town council has decided to simulate snow showers at the town hall rather than opting for fireworks, though this year two more powerful machines were used to create an even more spectacular display.

The Tree of Light at Market Cross on Bridge Street was switched on at the same time as the main lights were switched on at 4.30pm. This change has been made for security reasons and because the Christmas Market is now located down on Waterside so vehicles will still be using Bridge Street.

Crowds gathered outside Stratford Town Hall for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

The market will run for five Thursday in the run-up to Christmas, from 10am to 8pm on each of these dates, with 80 stallholders selling food, craft items, antiques, cosmetics traditional Christmas gifts and much more, set to attend.

A Victorian Market also takes place in Stratford this year, on 8th, 9th and 10th December, in Kineton this Friday, 24th November, in Warwick on Thursday, 30th November, and in Shipston on Friday, 1st December.

For our What’s On Guide for the week ahead, see Thursday’s Herald.


  • Lord Elpus

    I missed the snow, any pix?