Havering switches on to Christmas

Town centre light switch-on
Firework spectacular at Romford Christmas lights
Published: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Romford’s Market Place will be the place to be as Havering switches on to Christmas.

The big switch-on of the Christmas lights in Romford kicks off the seasonal revelry in Havering. New lights will adorn lamp columns in Market Place, North Street and South Street. Romford’s switch-on event starts at 4.30pm on Thursday 15 November.

Performers will include the local Frances Bardsley school choir, Charlie Dillon a singer from Elm Park who has appeared on The Voice Kids this year, a preview of the Queen’s Theatre seasonal pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, plus James Smith from Upminster who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and headliners Reggie and Bollie, the 2015 XFactor finalists. In addition to watching the stage acts, children will be able to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters and enjoy a spectacular firework finale. The fireworks are made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from Time 107.5FM and Everyone Active.

Brand new, energy efficient Christmas lights will also be switched on in Harold Hill, Rainham Village, Elm Park, Collier Row, Harold Wood and Rush Green in subsequent days.

The events in Romford’s Market Place are just part of the festive celebrations across Havering with events scheduled across the borough. On Saturday 17 November the Hornchurch Christmas Cracker returns to the town centre running from 11am to 5pm, on Thursday 22 November it’s the turn of Upminster to light up their Christmas between 4 and 6pm, and the traditional Rainham Village Christmas Fayre will be held this year on Saturday 1 December starting at 10am.

For details of all the seasonal events around Havering go to: www.havering.gov.uk/Christmas.

Councillor Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council said:

“Across the borough lights will be going on to lighten the winter gloom and I’m so pleased that we can once again start the countdown to Christmas in the borough with a spectacular and popular event in Romford’s Market Place. The Market Place has long been the heart and soul of Romford Town Centre and is a proud part of Havering’s heritage. I hope everyone comes along to enjoy this event or one of the many other Christmas events across our borough.”