Save the Date: Christmas Lights Switch-on

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Croydon’s Christmas countdown is sure to get off to a rousing start on Thursday, November 14th when popular TV baddie, Steve McFadden, joins forces with Croydon’s Mayor, Councillor Yvette Hopley to turn on the Town Centre Christmas lights.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 15:00 to 19:00
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North End and surrounding streets will be transformed into a twinkling wonderland when Steve and fellow cast members from this year’s Fairfield Halls pantomime, Peter Pan, take to the stage for the lights switch-on event, organised by Croydon Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID).

The switch-on countdown gets under way from 6pm and will be the climax to an afternoon packed with free family fun and entertainment, featuring a mix of professional street performers and some of south London’s best musicians, singers and dance acts.  

Roaming street performers including a roller skating Christmas pudding and Divine Glow stilt walkers will be in North End from 3pm mingling with the crowds for photographs and helping to whip up a party atmosphere.

From 4.30pm, the excitement will really start to build, when Covent Garden entertainer and comedy stuntman, Ernest the Magnifico performs his hilarious, daredevil antics in North End featuring a high flying stunt car and heart-stopping pogo stick.  There will be live music too, courtesy of the south east London-based Endurance Steel Orchestra and a 60-strong girls’ choir from Croydon’s Old Palace School. 

In the build-up to the switch on ceremony, local dance groups iMpulse Bollystreet, Love2Dance and Khronos, the all-male youth dance company from Croydon’s world-renowned BRIT School, will dazzle audiences with their impressive, footwork displays at key locations in North End and Centrale Shopping Centre.   

“Our Christmas lights switch-on event has rightly earned its place in Croydon’s calendar of ‘must see’ events offering thrills and entertainment for all the family,” said BID chief executive, Matthew Sims.

“We’ve a really strong programme planned again for this year’s lights switch-on, added to which we’re also delighted to be bringing back performers from the highly acclaimed Covent Garden Entertainment company who will be appearing in North End each Saturday from December 7th in the run up to Christmas. 

“Our aim, as ever, is to put a smile on people’s faces and leave everyone with a positive, lasting impression of the town,” he added. “I would urge as many people as possible to come into town, join in the fun and take full advantage of everything that Croydon has to offer.”

Full details of the BID’s Christmas programme of activities are available on

Peter Pan runs from December 6th – January 5th at the Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls. For more information visit or call the box office on 020 8688 9291. 


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