BROMSGROVE was packed yesterday afternoon and evening as the town kicked off its Christmas celebrations with the annual lights switch-on.
With last year’s cancelled because of Covid people were determined to go out and celebrate the start of the festive season.
The crowds joined in with the mass countdown, led by Bromsgrove District Council Chairman Coun Rod Laight at BirdBox where there was also a roadshow from community radio station BRMG. This event was supported by The Bromsgrove Indie Club.
We broadcast the countdown on Facebook Live – Click here to see it.
But that was just one of many activities during the day-long seasonal extravaganza.
Street Theatre characters graced the High Street, meeting and greeting revellers.
Bromsgrove Rotary Club’s Father Christmas journeyed through the town centre on the sleigh – he will soon be visiting roads across the district.
There was plenty of festive street food and drink to be enjoyed and the Christmas Market returned to the top end, by Argos.
Also there were the Vintage Class Singers – performing Christmas classics, such as Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland, along with hits from the decades.
To watch Vintage Class Singers’ performance of Sleigh Ride, click here.
The Christmas markets launched on the Friday with performances by students of Chadsgrove College and Bromsgrove’s Rock Choir.
And the Primrose Hospice Lights of Love tree was officially illuminated at 5pm.
The Lights of Love is the charity’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, helping it provide free services and support for those affected by life-limiting diseases and their families.
Next Saturday is Rubery’s turn – click here for details of the Christmas lights switch-on there.