Orpingon 1st Orpingon 1st
Promote your events and press releases in Orpington for FREE! Forgotten Password? | Register | Login

Orpington Lights Up for Christmas!

Added on: 15th November, 2019 by O1

Orpington Lights Up for Christmas!

Photos by Michael Cockerham

Last Updated:
Mon, 18 November 2019

Add Comment

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.

Comments (10)

Rate +4

Gustof - 19 Nov, 2019 - 14:00PM

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

Report Reply
Rate +8

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.

Report Reply
Rate +4

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

Hi Brenda.

Thank you for being part of it!

O1st

Report Reply
Rate +1

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.

Thanks,

O1st

Report Reply
Rate +1

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.

Report Reply
Rate +8

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

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

Report Reply
Rate +6

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

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

Report Reply
Rate +7

Amanda - 18 Nov, 2019 - 11:36AM

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

Report Reply
Rate +9

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

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

Report Reply
Rate +7

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!

Report Reply

Add Comment +

Security Code

Security Code is Case Sensitive & contains NO Spaces

CAPTCHA image sould be here

Back to Top

« Back to News