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Orpington Lights Up for Christmas!

Added on: 15th November, 2019 by O1

Orpington Lights Up for Christmas!

Photos by Michael Cockerham

Last Updated:
Thu, 27 February 2020

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Thousands of families enjoyed a fun and festive evening in Orpington last Thursday as the town's annual Christmas lights switch on event 'Light Up Orpington' took place.

Funded and organised by the Orpington town centre business community, Orpington 1st, the event saw the High Street transformed for a Christmas extravaganza with two stages hosting a full lineup of live entertainment, food, drink and gift stalls, fairground rides and a spectacular firework display.

Many local businesses took the opportunity to join in the festivities with a number hosting additional activities.

The big day also saw the opening of The Walnuts Shopping Centre's free Santa's Grotto with the large queues kept entertained by members of Orpington Magic Society.

Orpington 1st BID Manager, Chris Travers, said, "It's been another brilliant night with a great atmosphere. Light Up is established as an event that Orpington can be proud of and huge credit should go to the business community for its continued investment in our town centre, creating occasions like this which the whole town can enjoy."

Ahead of the countdown to the fireworks Santa himself was joined on the main stage by a few friends from the Orpington Village Hall's Pantomime, Mother Goose, along with ward councillors William Huntingdon-Thresher, Pauline Tunnicliffe and Kim Botting, and Orpington 1st Chairman, Martin Price, who paid tribute to the volunteers from Orpington Rotary and the London Fire Cadets.

An incredible firework display wowed the crowds before some Rock n Roll from Vince Lighting & The Thunderbolts brought proceedings to a close.

Posting on Facebook Orpington resident, Bridget Daly, said, "all events going on were amazing and to top it the fireworks were the best ever. So thank you to all involved in organising and running such a lovely event."

Lots more great photos on our Facebook Page.

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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Deborah Maher - 17 Dec, 2019 - 19:10PM

The Orpington 1st fire works were amazing, my family all up there we planned a hour but spent 4hrs, so much to do and round great evening out, my only disappointment was the fare ground rides outside the college 3 a go and the kids got around 1 minute rides the spiderman car ride literally went round twice😞 and 5 for doughnuts???, it seemed to me they came along to rip of the mums n dads, along the streat things were much better value, but wow Orpington I for one will be going again, 👍👍

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Gustof - 19 Nov, 2019 - 14:00PM

We loved it, had to leave early but heard the firework display from petts wood!!

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Mandeep S - 19 Nov, 2019 - 12:59PM

My family and I look forward to this every year and it certainly did not disappoint! Thank you for a brilliant event. - Mandeep.

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Orpington 1st - 19 Nov, 2019 - 12:42PM

Hi Brenda.

Thank you for being part of it!


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Orpington 1st - 19 Nov, 2019 - 12:40PM

Hi Jackie.

Thanks for getting in touch and glad you had a lovely evening. We have notified our firework supplier of your comment and are awaiting a full debrief.



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Jackie - 19 Nov, 2019 - 12:00PM

Lovely evening definitely looked like things had been stepped up and improved. One down side that the fireworks were sending off lots of debris. I got hit quite hard on the face by a chunk of firework that looked like part of a coconut shell.
There appeared to be quite a lot coming down from the fireworks.

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Brenda Hemsley - 19 Nov, 2019 - 10:53AM

I think orpington did fantastic it was a great evening, well done to all.Vr

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Orpington 1st - 18 Nov, 2019 - 16:37PM

Thanks, Amanda, Jane & Paul! Glad you all enjoyed it.

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Amanda - 18 Nov, 2019 - 11:36AM

Wonderful night. Nice community atmosphere. Seems to get better every year somehow.

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Paul Davies - 18 Nov, 2019 - 10:51AM

Great event. Really showed the best of Orpington. Well done all.

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Jane W - 18 Nov, 2019 - 10:43AM

It was a lovely evening, thank you. We all had a great time - so much to see and do and the firework finale took my breath away!

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