Christmas Lights Go On
Published: 27 November 2022
Christmas began in Banbury today (Sunday 27th November) with a day of fun and excitement – and the switch-on of the town’s festive street lights.
Thousands of people, thought by some observers to be a record Christmas Lights crowd, packed into Bridge Street for the switch-on.
Mayor Jayne Strangwood was joined on stage by players and officials of Banbury United FC – and fans cheered as the mayor and her guests pressed the button that lit up the streets and launched the season of goodwill.
The switch-on followed an afternoon of enjoyment with fairground rides, food and drink stalls, Santa’s grotto, snow globe, and local entertainers performing on stage.
A firework display brought the event to a close.
The new street lights were specially designed for Banbury and are set to shine every day until midnight on January 4th.
The switch-on, organised by Banbury Town Council, was the grand finale to a three-day Christmas extravaganza that included a 100-stall Victorian market and funfair that packed the Market Place. The market was run by Banbury BID.
Cllr Strangwood said: “It was great to see so many happy faces – and the Christmas street lights are spectacular.
“Christmas is a time of happiness and goodwill and today started the festivities in splendid fashion. I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.”
She added: “It was great to have Banbury United as part of the show. They are doing well in their league and I wish them well for the rest of the season.”