Added on: 16th November, 2018 by O1
Huge crowds started their Christmas countdown in Orpington on Thursday as the annual Christmas lights switch-on ‘Light Up Orpington’ took place.
The event was organised and funded by Orpington 1st, the town centre business community, with additional sponsorship from 9Round Orpington and The Walnuts Shopping Centre.
Thousands of attendees enjoyed a range of activities for all the family which were complemented by food, gift and community stalls, circus performers, a string quartet, traditional fairground rides, and a main stage hosting a line up which included musical and theatrical acts.
Santa himself was joined by a few friends from the Orpington Pantomime, along with the Mayor of Bromley and Orpington ward councillors, for the countdown to the firework finale which was accompanied by some Christmas classics.
Bromley resident, Liam, tweeted “Amazing, great night out with the family. Great job well done,” whilst Orpingtonian mum Marie said, “we’ve had a wonderful time, it gets better every year!”
Following the fireworks there was more music from local rock band Stone Blind with the audience treated to an early white Christmas, thanks to a bit of festive magic.
Orpington 1st BID Manger, Chris Travers, said, “it’s been another fantastic evening in Orpington and another incredible turnout, with more businesses than ever involved on the night, too.
"We would like to thank everyone who came and contributed to a fabulous atmosphere and would encourage residents to continue to use their high street throughout the festive period and all year round.”
The town centre will now be gearing up for the Orpington Santa Dash which will see hundreds of residents don Santa suits and make the dash through the Priory Gardens and into the town centre. Find out more here.
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