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A real wintry scene greets turning on of festive lights
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Tamworth, especially as the snow duly arrived to make the switch-on of the town's festive lights even more stunning. The snowy scene created even more Christmas cheer in Tamworth town centre when thousands of people enjoyed an afternoon of festive entertainment for the whole family. The yuletide season was kicked off in style with the arrival of real snow alongside the various food stalls, festive drinks, fairground rides, Snow Queen and King stilt walkers, and a variety of live community performances from the stage in Tamworth's St Editha's Square. The free festive fun culminated in the switching on of the town's Christmas lights just after 5pm, with a special countdown from the popular D-Day Darlings who were accompanied on stage by the Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Michael Oates.

Tamworth Christmas lights
Tamworth's Christmas lights switched on


The annual Christmas lights switch-on is organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team, and is another free community favourite in the town's calendar of events which attracts thousands of people to the town to enjoy the celebrations each year. The focal point for the afternoon of fun was the main stage in St Editha's Square, featuring live performances from local groups – All Stars, Steps Dance School, RockSchool, Tamworth Pantomime Company, and the D-Day Darlings trio and Juniors, who ended the afternoon of free entertainment with some classic wartime and Christmas tunes. For the first time this year, Tamworth Castle was lit up with an animated We are Angels projection by Tamworth arts group New Urban Era following the lights switch-on. The outdoor entertainment was also extended with a magical showing of the festive classic animated movie The Snowman, projected on the outside of the castle with the stunning backdrop of a crisp snowy setting.

Tamworth Castle, Tamworth Christmas lights, We Are Angels
A snowy scene greets the angel's wings on Tamworth Castle


Tamworth's Mayor, Michael Oates, said: "The Christmas lights switch-on is yet another popular event in Tamworth's busy programme of free entertainment with a wide range of activities taking place throughout the town centre. Once again Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team did us proud with another fantastic and enjoyable afternoon of fun which really got everyone in the festive mood. The square itself was buzzing with festive cheer with real snow making it truly magical. There was something for everyone to enjoy and it was such a delight to see our castle transformed with the projection of the We are Angels project and the Snowman film. It was great to see families and people of all ages enjoying themselves."
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Why? Snow arrives in time for Tamworth's Christmas lights switch-on
When: November 28
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: St Editha's Square, St Editha's Close, Tamworth B79 7DA
Cost: Free
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