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Letchworth Christmas Lights Switch On 2023

Letchworth Lights up for Christmas

On Saturday the 25th November the sun really shone for Letchworth Garden City with the amazing Christmas Lights Switch On event. 

This annual family fun event heralds the start of Christmas celebrations in the town and there was plenty to celebrate and enjoy throughout the day. The thousands of revellers were treated to a day of wonderful entertainment from local solo singers, dance groups, choirs and bands. In addition there was a wide range of food, drink and craft stalls many of whom were local traders.

In Leys Square the Letchworth Christmas Tree stood proud in the town centre for the first time, arranged by Love Letchworth and supported by North Herts Council, bedecked with huge baubles provided and decorated by local businesses. Then, as the sun started to go down, the best parade that Letchworth has seen in many a year made its way up Leys Avenue consisting of an eclectic mix of performers and local groups. Started by the Garden City Samba band and finished by the Harpenden Pipe Band, the parade drew gasps of amazement and cheers. 

As the parade reached the Broadway cinema, SPADS had the honour of counting down and pressing the plunger to switch the lights on around the town, leaving everyone present to continue to enjoy this amazing day.

"What a brilliant, brilliant day. Our dedicated team at Love Letchworth really wanted to put something special on for the people of this town this Christmas, and by looking at the smiles on the children's faces, I think we achieved that. I want to thank everyone who helped make this happen, for all the town centre businesses who supported the event and for everyone who came out to enjoy the day. Thank you and have a Wonderful Christmas.”

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Video by Bezza Visuals

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Photos by Emily Packman Photography

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