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Festive line up for Guildford Christmas lights switch on

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Festive line up for Guildford Christmas lights switch on

Published at 6:00am 15th November 2018. (Updated at 10:16am 15th November 2018)

It is the start of the festive season in Guildford later with the annual Christmas lights switch on.

Actress and singer Michelle Gayle will be doing the honours tonight in the High Street, joined by the rest of the Yvonne Arnaud pantomime cast.

Eagle's very own Peter Gordon will be hosting the Guildhall balcony show starting at 6pm, before the lights go on at 7pm,followed by a fireworks display.

The Balcony Show will also be broadcast to two big screens, opposite Marks and Spencer and above the Experience Guildford Stage.

The festivities get underway earlier, with live music all afternoon at the Experience Guildford stage and Guildford Fringe Buskers Corner, and a mascot parade.

A selfie competition open to the public could see the winner getting tickets to the panto.

This year there is also provision for dedicated quiet spaces - at the Skipton Building Society and Cosy Club in Tunsgate Quarter - with staff to help calm and reassure visitors.

The switch on also marks the start of late night shopping in the town centre

Cllr Mike Parsons, Mayor of Guildford says:

"This wonderful community event marks the start of the town's countdown to Christmas. Please join us as we illuminate our historic High Street and provide the opportunity for all ages to come together and celebrate the start of the festive season. A huge thank you to all of our partners and visitors that make this occasion so special every year."

Amanda Masters, Chief Executive at Experience Guildford says:

"We've introduced new lights at the top of the high street to extend footfall throughout the town, have an enhanced retail and leisure mix to draw visitors from further afield and increase dwell time plus our work with organisations, such as GEEYOU, has helped make our town more accessible and inviting to all sectors of the local community.

"New for 2018 is we have a competition for everyone to get involved with. Simply find our Experience Guildford Christmas Elves (you'll spot them from their costumes dashing around from 3-8pm), snap a selfie with them and share it on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) with the tag: #ElfieSelfie and #GuildfordLights to be entered in to a prize draw to win a family ticket to this year's Yvonne Arnaud pantomime, Cinderella."

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