TV Star Will Mellor will help kick off Christmas in Kettering this year by turning on the town’s lights at the eagerly anticipated ‘BIG Switch On’ event. The Hollyoaks and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star will take to the stage on Kettering Market Place on Thursday 28th November as part of a fun festive schedule.
The BIG Switch on will run from 4pm-8pm, hosted by local community radio station Shire Sounds. In addition to Will, the event will feature CBBC’s Ed Petrie from the Lighthouse Theatre’s Panto ‘Cinderella’, plus live music and entertainment for the whole family. YouthWorks and Johnny’s Happy Place’s Lantern Parade will once again conclude at the Market Place to join the celebrations. The town’s festive celebrations will include performances from Beat Project Dance Company, KLF Choir (Kingsley & Red Kite Academy), Kettering Town Silver Band, Kettering Singer Vicki Becks plus duets with Kara Smith and Dave Lee and Kettering’s Own Ska, New Wave and Punk band The Fevers, plus a funfair, vortex, fire engine, Kettering Lions’ Santa Sleigh, street performers, a giant polar bear and much more!
There will be plenty of chances to support your local town centre with a special Christmas Market on Kettering Market Place on Thursday 5th December and the return of Small Business Saturday and the Teenage Market on Saturday 7th December. There’ll also be the chance to get your skates on and enjoy a free ice rink and curling lane at our Christmas Fun Day on the Market Place on Saturday 14th December, 10am-4pm. Join us for a festive singalong with Christmas Carols with Mrs Claus and Kettering Citadel Band and choir on Saturday 21st December from 2pm on the Market Place!
As part of the Christmas festivities, and to support local businesses, Kettering Borough Council is offering FREE parking in its town centre car parks on the following days in December*:
- all day on Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December 2019, and
- after 3pm on Thursday 28th November, and 5th, 12th and 19th December 2019
These dates are in addition to the free parking that already operates in Council owned car parks on Sundays (all day) and evenings (after 6pm).
More information about Christmas in Kettering can be found at www.thisiskettering.com/christmas