Tamworth Christmas Lights Switch-on

Tamworth Christmas Lights Switch-on


Posted 2023-11-28 by Tony Collinsfollow

Sun 26 Nov 2023

Christmas cheer came early to Tamworth town centre in Staffordshire when thousands of people enjoyed an afternoon of free festive entertainment for the whole family on 26 November. The yuletide season kicked off in style with food stalls, festive drinks, fairground rides, walkabout characters, and live community performances from the main stage. Crowds were also treated to a projection screening on the walls of the town's medieval Tamworth Castle.

This year the switch on took place at the Holloway end of the Castle Grounds with an estimated 8,000 people flocking to the town centre to enjoy the free festive fun. The entertainment culminated in the fabulous projection screening from local groups, and a showing of the iconic animation of The Stickman.

Tamworth Castle wall lit up by colourful projections

The annual Christmas lights switch-on is organised by Tamworth Borough Council and is another free favourite in the town’s calendar of events which attracts thousands of people, who flock to the town to enjoy the celebrations each year. Entertainment centred around the main stage at Holloway with performances from Carrieann Hathaway, D-day Juniors and Rockschool, Tamworth Panto, Tamworth Voices choir and Bryan Brindley.

Following the Christmas Lights Switch On at 5pm, New Urban Era showcased a Nutcracker-themed community showreel projection on the castle involving the Mercian Singers, Just Perform Dance and Theatre School. Plus, a projection of the popular animated film The Stickman. Bert & Gerts Christmas market was also in attendance, offering a wide range of locally made crafts and gifts.

Walkabout characters from The Nutcracker

Councillor Andrew Cooper, Portfolio Holder for Entertainment and Leisure at Tamworth Borough Council, 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. It was incredible to see the return of crowds to the new location in the Castle Grounds, for an enjoyable afternoon of fun which really got everyone in the festive mood. There was something for everyone to enjoy and it was such a delight to see our castle transformed again with the projection of all the local groups and schools work and The Stickman film.”

The council's Acting Leader, Councillor Thomas Jay, commented:” This year we have worked towards making the town more festive with additional lighting, the return of Christmas trees adorning shop fronts throughout the town, and a craft market along Holloway. As part of our plans to make Christmas extra special in Tamworth, we are excited to showcase our first outdoor ice rink during the lead up to Christmas Day, plus, Santa’s grotto and nutcracker trail from 18-24 December. We hope residents join us in the town for some festive fun.”

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