Berkhamsted's Christmas lights switch-on: Sunday, December 6

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By LaraKing | Thursday, November 19, 2009, 23:46

Christmas officially comes to town on Sunday, December 6, with Berkhamsted's annual Festival of Light. 

The High Street will be closed to traffic between 3pm and 6pm and transformed into a winter wonderland.

The Christmas lights, which line the High Street and decorate the town's tree, will flicker into life at 4pm.

This year's festival will be a musical extravaganza, with carol singers and the Salvation Army band. 

There will also be mulled wine and chestnuts, plenty of stalls to shop at and a visit from Santa Claus. Awards will be given out to the shop windows that are best dressed for the occasion.

If you can't make it to see the Berkhamsted lights go on but still want a slice of Christmas cheer, Hemel Hempstead will be seeing in the festive season with a Victorian-themed evening in the Old Town this Saturday (November 21), from 5.30pm until 8pm. The lights will be turned on at 6.30pm and there will be fairground rides and entertainment. 

This will be followed by an event at the Marlowes on Sunday (November 22) between 3pm and 5.30pm. There will be entertainment from Herts Mercury 96.6 FM, and Peppa Pig and her brother George will turn on the Christmas lights before a festive firework display. 

Tring's Christmas Festival will take place on Friday, November 27, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. The High Street will host stalls selling Christmas gifts, seasonal food and local produce.

Kings Langley's lights will go on on Saturday, November 28, between 4pm and 7pm. The event will include free go-kart rides, clowns and jugglers, with fireworks at 6.45pm.

Photograph courtesy of Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.

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