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Big Christmas Switch On 2021

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2021 11:50am

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Dartford after the town’s festive lights were switched on at a packed celebration on Saturday.

The High Street, One Bell Corner and Market Street have all been decorated to help share the Christmas spirit, with a large snowman and Christmas tree set up for visitors to enjoy as they start shopping for presents.

Saturday’s Big Christmas Switch On saw a huge crowd gather in Brewery Square (the new location for this year’s Christmas tree) to watch acts like Twist and Pulse, Shane Hampsheir and Lee Mead entertain local families.

On stage, the day was compered by Milkshake! presenter David Ribi, whose television co-host Kiera Nicole also appeared, ahead of her performance at The Orchard Theatre’s pantomime this year.

The theatre’s choir and ukulele group also performed, along with local band Beer Pressure and a Dua Lipa tribute act.

Ahead of his performance in Fat Friends the Musical next year, Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead arrived on stage to turn on the lights, where he was joined by Christmas Colouring Competition winners Jessica Salter, nine, and Tireni Adegbola, 11.

Acts from throughout the day were all on stage, along with the Worshipful Mayor of Dartford, Cllr Rosanna Currans, to turn on the lights.

View our highlights from the day here.

Local arts organisation Cohesion Plus also produced a Christmas themed street festival which saw performances take place around Dartford Town Centre including the High Street, One Bell Corner and both the Orchard and Priory Shopping Centres.  The acts, which included an acrobat, magician, unicyclist, human statue, brass band, stilt walkers and drumming Santas proved to be a huge hit with shoppers.

Following Saturday’s festivities, we’d like to thank the following organisations for supporting this year’s Big Christmas Switch On: Orchards Shopping Centre - The Priory Shopping Centre – McDonald’s - The Orchard Theatre - Sainsbury's - Lollipops – Dartford Markets – Dartford Messenger – Aldi - Cohesion Plus – Wilko

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