Getting set for the Christmas switch

Ripley Christmas lights switch on.Ripley mayor cllr Angela Ward switches the lights on.
Ripley Christmas lights switch on.Ripley mayor cllr Angela Ward switches the lights on.

snow and sub-zero temperatures nearly put last year’s Christmas Lights in Heanor on ice -– as the switch-on ceremony was delayed by bad weather for a week.

Ice made the Market Place too slippery to be safe, but this year, fingers are crossed that the festivities in will go ahead on schedule on December 5.

The Christmas lights switch-on in Ripley is set to take place at 6.30pm on December 2 in the Market Place.

The lights will be switched on by the Ripley Town Mayor and the winner of the Certificate of Merit.

There will be a real Christmas tree and a free safety candle for each child, while adults can take advantage of the late night shopping.

Carols will be sung by the Salvation Army, there will be free children’s rides and hot food and drinks stalls.

Heanor switches on the celebrations on Monday, December 5, in the Market Place. From 5pm there will be charity and business stalls, as well as a fair.

At 5.30pm Pinxton Puppets will put on a show and at 6pm the light will be switched on by the Mayor Harry Soar.

There will also be a carols service with Heanor Operatic Society and Ilkeston brass band. At 7.30pm there will be a grand finale with a firework spectacular.

In Alfreton, the lights were due to be be switched on today – but the official ceremony takes place on December 3 at 4pm around the Christmas tree outside the King Alfred pub on the High Street. A carol concert, organised by Alfreton Churches Together Serving (ACTS), will be held before the official switch-on by Alfreton’s Mayor Marlene Bennet MBE.

There will be a carol service in the nursery school playground, on Highfield Road, Kilburn on Friday, December 2, at 6.30pm. The Mayor of Amber Valley Cllr Ron Ashton will be switching on the lights during this service. There will be a Christmas Fair in St Thomas’s Centre on Nottingham Road, in Somercotes, on Saturday, December 3, from 10am until 1pm.

As well as stalls, refreshments and games, there will be a raffle with a first prize of £100, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £25. The draw will be made at 1pm and funds will go towards the upkeep of the parish church. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.