Walking the streets of Brighton this weekend, I found myself looking up at the plastic husks of Christmas future in anticipation of the Christmas spirit being turned on and glowing down on Brighton’s streets. Many of you will have noticed the large installations running across the top of traffic on Western Road and down North Street spelling out festive messages, and the much loved fairy light canopy above the crossroads by the clocktower halfway along the route, any if you’re like me, many of you will be wondering when these lights are going to be switched on. Well, we’ve got the answers…
From 5pm on Thursday 16th November, Brighton city centre will burst into festive spirit with a FREE party in East Street. The event, organised by Brilliant Brighton is in association with 107.2 Juice FM and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, while the Christmas lights are being sponsored by Southern Water.
This year’s event showcases some of the best talent in Brighton. The enchanting 40-strong all-female Brighton choir, We Bop, will be taking to the stage, along with the angelic young voices from Hove’s Singing’s Cool and performers from renowned The Theatre Workshop, starting the feel-good family festivities.
Comedic group AFOUR (including Steve Legge a member of Right Said Bruv from Britain’s Got Talent fame, Barry Elford of Storage Hunters UK, The Voice’s Marvin Manouke and Simon Cowell look-alike Andy Penfold) will also be performing their fun, tongue-in-cheek Christmas song Four Kings.
Then, Googlebox stars Chris Butland-Steed and Stephen Webb (who live locally) will have the all-important task of counting down and flicking the switch to unveil Brighton’s festive lights.
Christmas 2017’s lights will see the return of favourites from last year – including Ding Dong, #Fairy and Love, along with playful twinkling tidings in North Laine and a gorgeous golden canopy of lights in The Lanes, plus the addition of Ho Ho Ho, voted for on by the public, in September.
“We’re really excited for this year’s Christmas lights switch- on event,” Gavin Stewart CEO of Brilliant Brighton, an organisation formed of 517 businesses who put on the switch-on event and collectively pay the £75,000 per year fee to ensure the city is lit up at Christmas, says.
“We are delighted that Southern Water has sponsored the Christmas lights this year, helping us put on a truly splendid display for locals and visitors to the city to enjoy.”
“We can’t wait to unveil the new Christmas light, Ho Ho Ho, voted on by the public too, so come down and join us!”
To further add to the festivities, there will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes from Brilliant Brighton businesses, with all donations going directly to children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.
This year’s Christmas lights will be switched on on Thursday 16th November and light up the city centre until early January and are sponsored by Southern Water.