Christmas lights switch on in Brighton signals start to festive season
Brighton officially declared the beginning of the festive season with the Christmas lights switch-on last night. Crowds gathered around the Capital Brighton stage on East Street to watch performances from swing group Hit The Silk, the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, buskers Ren and Sam Tompkins, and headliner Jack Rose.
Father Christmas was invited on stage with the Capital Brighton team along with other familiar faces, Dee Simson, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, and CBeebies presenter, Sid Sloane.
Big crowds gathered patiently around the East Street area to witness the beginning of the Christmas season in the city.
Fake snow and confetti streamers burst out over the crowd when fifteen-year-old fundraiser, Jake Heal, excitedly pressed the button to turn the lights on all over Brighton.
Christmas-themed stilt walkers weaved through the crowds, dressed as an elf and a snow queen.
The Christmas lights team posed for photos on stage while festive music played for the crowds to enjoy.
The event was raising funds for the Rocking Horse Children’s charity, in which Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraising Manager was “delighted to be chosen as the beneficiary charity”.
The evening was organised by Brilliant Brighton, an organisation dedicated to improving businesses and shops in and around the city. They are formed of 517 companies who help fund £75,000 to go towards the annual Christmas lights switch on event.
The Christmas lights in Brighton and Hove will remain switched on until early January.