CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO ST HELENSBefore we all know it, December 25th will be here again. As the hour goes back this Sunday coming, darker nights will make us all believe that winter is here, whilst we are commuting back to our homes in the early evening.
Perhaps this is the right time to tell you what's coming to St Helens Town Centre shortly:
Saturday 18 November - Victoria Square.
St.Helens Christmas Lights Switch-On with Andy Abraham (Runner up in last years X Factor) - in association with WISH FM The event will also feature other live acts and family-focused entertainment. The switch-on itself will include the unveiling of the three competition-winning designs created by local schoolchildren, which have been recreated as full size lights to be displayed on the Town Hall.
A musically-themed Continental Market from 16th to 19th November will coincide with the switch-on event.
Meanwhile, late night Christmas shopping in the town centre will be until 8pm every Thursday until Christmas, starting on Thursday 16 November, with Sunday opening from 10am - 4pm starting on 19 November. The centrepiece in Church Square will be a 40-foot authentic hand-painted 19th Century carousel, one of only six original sets of "Victorian Gallopers" in the country, which will arrive before the switch-on and remain until Christmas Eve.
A highlight of the seasonal activity in St.Helens will be an authentic German Christmas Market, adorning Church Square with its wooden chalet-style stalls and unique merry atmosphere for ten days from 7th to 17th December.
As Christmas Day draws closer, the "Ex Terra Lucem" lantern procession will grace the town centre on 21 December. The magical annual parade will be even more impressive than ever this year culminating in a carol concert outside St.Helens Parish Church followed by complimentary mince pies and hot chocolate.