The Big Switch On
Mansfield's Christmas light switch on event is always a key date in the District's calendar and marks the start of late night shopping in the town centre.
The Big Switch On 2014 will take place on Sunday 16 November in Mansfield town centre between 12noon and 5pm.
This year's event is set to be another festive extravaganza with lots of free entertainment for all the family throughout the day.
The event begins with a Christmas market on Westgate from 10am. A festive family film will be shown in the market place from 12 noon along with a concert of Christmas music on Queen Street.
At 2pm Santa will make his grand arrival. He will travel along Westgate from St John Street to the entrance of the shopping centre via horse and carriage, accompanied by other special guests.
In-keeping with the Palace Theatre's pantomime this year, the grotto will have a Sleeping Beauty theme. Stars from the pantomime, including Adam Moss as Silly Billy and Charles Burden as Nanny Glucose, will join the parade along with the Four Seasons Shopping Centre's very own princess.
Children's television favourite Mike the Knight will also be making an appearance at the parade along with Four Seasons' mascot Buzz, stilt walkers and a carol singing Christmas tree.
The day finishes with a live stage show in the Market Place featuring a range of family entertainment including, music acts Ben Haynes and The Fabulous Tabbykatz, stars of the Palace Theatre's Sleeping Beauty pantomime including Bad Fairy Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby in Coronation Street, Mike the Knight and Santa. Crowds will then be able to witness the Christmas lights switch on and a fantastic fireworks display.
This traditional event marks the start of late night shopping in Mansfield town centre which begins on Thursday 20 November.
Further details about the event will be revealed very soon so check back here for more information.
There are a whole host of events and activities taking place in the run up the Christmas - look out for our Xmas Festival What's on guide for all the details.
A viewing area for wheelchair users will be available for the main stage show. To book a place, call 01623 463 376. Places must be booked in advance and are on a first come, first served basis.