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Christmas Lights in Gloucestershire 2012 - details of events

By RupertJ  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

Christmas lights in Gloucestershire

Christmas lights in Gloucestershire

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The nights are drawing in and thoughts are turning to Christmas. Towns and cities all over Gloucestershire are getting ready to start the festivities and bring festive light and cheer to our high streets and shopping centres.

Here's your guide to the Christmas lights switch-ons around the county.

Gloucester

On Sunday November 18, giant luminous sea creatures and galleons will be carried by over 200 children from local primary schools through Gloucester city centre as part of this year's festivities.

The parade is based on the old carol 'I Saw Three Ships' and will feature dozens of fantastical lanterns designed by pupils from Linden, Widden, Churchdown, St Paul's and St James schools and infants from Calton Road.

The parade route will be along Eastgate Street (from Queens Walk), up to The Cross, along Westgate Street and College Street to the Cathedral's West Door, to the left of the usual entrance. The procession leaves the old bowling green at 4.30pm and will arrive at the Cathedral at around 4.50pm before a carol concert inside.

Cheltenham

Father Christmas will take a break from his pre-Christmas preparations to turn on festive lights in Cheltenham town centre on Saturday November 24.

A festive parade will start at the Regent Shopping Centre at 5.15pm, making its way to Beechwood at 5.30 then heading up the High Street, with lights being turned on all the way, before arriving at The Brewery at around 6pm.

Characters from the Everyman Theatre's panto production will be among those in the parade and there will be entertainment in each of the shopping centres, including a party at The Brewery with music and other acts which will continue until around 7pm.

Tewkesbury

There's no rest for Father Christmas as he is back in action on Sunday November 25 in Tewkesbury, turning on the High Street lights from mid-air at around 4.30pm.

The High Street will be closed to traffic but there will be free parking in council car parks for the event, which will run from 1.30pm until 6.30pm.

The street will be transformed into a farmers' market and Christmas market, with entertainment for children and adults alike.

Stroud

The Christmas lights in Stroud this year will be turned on as part of the Stroud Goodwill Evening 2012, which takes place on Friday December 7.

The theme for this year's event will be Make Love Not War and will feature a number of exciting events planned, including a late 60s fancy dress competition and a peace procession. Photos of fancy dress entrants can have their photo taken at Kodak Express in Kendrick Street - the best outfit will win a prize.

The evening will start at the Subscription Rooms at 6pm with a procession through the town centre. There will be a prize-winning treasure hunt for children and a competition for the best window display.

Father Christmas will visit and there will be a Crystal Cavern at Mann's Jewellers, a light sculpture from local artist Jack Wimperis, a fun fair playing 1960s music in Fawkes Place and carol singers, a brass band and market stalls in the Shambles and Cornhill.

Coleford

The fun in Coleford takes place on Friday November 30, starting with a parade from the Fire Station at 6pm. It will feature a fancy dress school competition between Berry Hill Primary, Bickner Bears and Clearwell Primary, with a cup going to the winner.

Also at 6pm, a choir from Coleway School will be singing at the Coleford clock tower and Christmas tree, where the lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by a representative of Beals Garage, which has been the biggest sponsor of this event for the past two years.

After the lights go on, local Pandemonium will continue the entertainment and there will also be a sweets stall, cakes made by volunteers, a burger van and three fairground rides.

Cinderford

Cinderford's Christmas Parade will take place from 5pm on Saturday December 1. Led by the Forest Emerald Majorettes, the parade leaves the Lidl car park at 5pm and will feature Edward Danter's Fun Fair, Forest Community Radio and food and drinks stalls.

Lydney

Saturday December 1 will see the lights switched on in Lydney, at 6pm by the town Mayor Councillor Bob Berryman. Entertainment is being arranged by the Lydney Traders Association. The event will also see the award of the Mayor's Christmas card competition winner and the prize given to the owner of the best festive shop window in the town.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 18 2012, 6:26PM

    Is it good to lie to your children? It's bad tactics. From the parents' purely self-interested perspective, the Santa lie is just dumb parenting. First of all, it erodes your trust capital. Once your kids discover that you were actively lying to them for several years, how much do you think they'll trust you? Some kids are unaffected, but many trust their parents less. The Santa lie is also used to control children: if you're "good" you'll get presents, and if you're "naughty" you won't. But really, has that ever worked? Except for the two weeks before Christmas, and possibly for thirty seconds after being reminded, has any child ever altered his behavior in any way because of this threat? It's selfish. That's the biggest reason. Despite their protestations to the contrary, parents don't do it for the benefit of the children. They do it for their own benefit. When pressed and rebutted, parents will eventually blurt out "But they're so cute when they believe in Santa!" That's the real reason, isn't it? Parents tell their kids the Santa lie because it's a form of entertainment. They like to watch kids helplessly believe something they know isn't true. At the end of the day, it's a cruel prank. So there you go, parents. It's not too late. Come clean. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/c8a5lwg

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  • MentalBeaver  |  November 18 2012, 10:56AM

    What time are Gloucester lights being switched on? Is it 4.30pm when the parade starts?

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