Newham’s Christmas light switch-ons announced

Last year's Christmas tree in Stratford

Last year's Christmas tree in Stratford - Credit: Archant

Mince pies on the shelves, children pestering about presents and emotional adverts on the television can only mean one thing – Christmas is approaching.

And while there are still several weeks to go, plans have been made to brighten up the borough ahead of the festive season.

Christmas light switch-ons have been organised at a number of locations, many providing additional family fun.

Children will take part in a lantern procession ahead of the first switch-on, which will be in East Ham on Saturday, November 28 between 2pm and 5pm.

There will be the chance to hear choir performances, get your face painted and meet Father Christmas ahead of the lighting of the 25ft Christmas tree.

On Friday, December 4 the Every Child a Musician brass quartet will be performing at the 5pm switch-on in Meridian Square, Stratford.

Children can also visit Santa’s grotto in the nearby Stratford Library.

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The following day will see the switch-ons in Green Street at 4.15pm and Forest Gate at 6.10pm, with the latter featuring a parade and food festival.

Sir Robin Wales, who will be switching on the lights, said: “Switching on the Christmas lights is always one of my favourite times and judging by the large numbers of residents who come along each year and enjoy the seasonal fun it is popular with them too.

“For me these events really mark the start of the festive season which is a time for friends, families and neighbours to come together.

“I am sure the lights will add some festive cheer to the long winter nights and help to draw people to the shops, bars, restaurants and other facilities in the area and further boost the local economy.”

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