Greenwich gears up for Christmas with annual lights switch-on

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By poppy_smith | Sunday, October 28, 2012, 07:32

Eltham will be transformed on Thursday 15 November as the Royal Borough of Greenwich hosts the 13th annual Eltham Lights Up Christmas Lights switch-on.

Eltham High Street will come alive with a range of entertainment, music and sports activities from 4.30pm onwards. Come along early to have fun and get a good view.

The Christmas lights switch-on at 6pm will be followed by a spectacular illuminated parade of lanterns created by hundreds of local children and their families. The parade will also feature giant structures and live music.

Eltham High Street will be closed to traffic between 4pm and 8pm.

The Eltham Centre will join in the celebrations with an official switch-on of its Christmas tree lights at 5pm and performances from Eltham Hill School Steel Band from 4.30 and Eltham Choral Society at 7.15pm. OJ's café will also be offering special discounts.

To add to the festive theme, there will be a Christmas market stall in Passey Place from 9am to 7.30pm, and Eltham Fire station will have an open event from 4pm to 7pm.

You can also be a part of the procession by coming along to a free lantern-making workshop on Saturday 10 November from 11am to 2pm. No pre-booking is required.

The workshop will be run by local arts organisation Emergency Exit Arts, who are working with local schools and groups to make this year's event one to remember.

It is taking place at St Mary's Community Centre

180 Eltham High St

Eltham SE9 1BJ

Look back at pictures from last year's event 

Local schools and groups taking part in the 2012 parade include:

  • Crown Woods Secondary School
  • Deansfield Primary School
  • Ealdham Primary School
  • Eltham Baptist Church
  • Eltham Hill School
  • Eltham C of E Primary School
  • Gordon Primary School
  • Greenacres Primary School
  • Harris Academy
  • Kidbrooke Park Primary School
  • Montbelle Primary School
  • Wyborne Primary School School
  • St Mary's Community Centre - Community Workshop participants
  • St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive
  • 1st Royal Eltham North Brownies 

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