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Festive fun starts this week

26 November 2019


The festive season gets off to a glittering start in Gosport borough on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November, with new Christmas lights and free entertainment.

Friday sees Lee-on-the-Solent High Street in seasonal mood, then Gosport town centre picks up the theme with a big festive show on Saturday. The festivities in the town centre are organised by Gosport Borough Council.

Lee on the Solent’s attractions on Friday include reindeer, a petting zoo, Santa’s grotto and children's rides, plus a French Market. The market and many shops will open late.

At 6.30pm, Lee's Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Kathleen Jones, and the local junior school head boy and girl, followed by a carol service around the tree. Local school choirs will sing carols with music from Gosport Solent Brass.

On Saturday, Gosport town centre's new twinkling LED Christmas lights will be switched on after a day of entertainment and fun.

The High Street will also have a new nativity scene commissioned by the Mayor as a focal point for Lawrence Square.

Special High Street activities run from 9am to 5.30pm, including face painting, Christmas crafts, food and drink stalls, a children’s ride and the Gosportarians' sleigh with Santa and his elves. Stage entertainment in Lawrence Square starts at 2.45pm, building up to the big Christmas lights switch-on at 5.30pm.

A lantern parade will gather at Timespace at 2.45pm, when the best lantern-makers will win tea with the Mayor and an Asda goodie bag. From 3pm it will move up the High Street, arriving at the Lawrence Square stage at 3.20pm

The main attraction is The Greatest of Shows – a glittering singalong tribute to The Greatest Showman and other blockbusters.

The line-up also includes Wave 105 breakfast show presenter Rick Jackson as compere, plus local talent such as the Big Noise Community Samba Band, the Catgut Hooligans, the girls and boys of Starz Ballet, the Reilly Enterprise character show and St John’s School Choir.

Joining Rick for the switch-on countdown will be the Mayor, stars from the Kings Theatre production of Aladdin, Santa and the Town Criers.

As the lights go on there will be a reduced noise firework display from the top of the Discovery Centre.

The council will also provide festive lights in Stoke Road and Alverstoke village.

Andrew Sugden, the council's economic development and regeneration manager, said: "Lee-on-the-Solent and Gosport will be staging a lot of free fun and activities for local people, especially families, as we enter the Christmas season. I'm sure it will get people in the seasonal mood and make for a great festive atmosphere in our main centres."