Sidmouth announces its line-up of festive fun as the town gears up for its annual Christmas light switch-on

Sidmouth promises to be full of festive cheer this weekend when one of the town’s oldest residents kick-starts celebrations at the grand Christmas light switch-on.

Sidmouth resident Olive Flynn, aged 97, has been named as the festive VIP invited to flick the switch and launch the town’s festive season.

The town’s Christmas light switch-on has been announced for Saturday, November 18, with the festive fun starting at around 3.30pm.

Councillor Chris Lockyear, Chair of the town council, said: “It is entirely fitting that all parts of our community are recognised to lead our light switch-on.

“Last year we had the head boy and girl of Sidmouth College and it was thought that having a more senior resident was one way of doing this again for 2023.”

A town council spokesman said: “Saturday is shaping up to be a sparkling tonic to the darker evenings and great start to the Christmas festivities in Sidmouth.”

The town council has arranged a festive display along the streets, and revealed the following line-up of entertainment:

  • 3.30pm: Gliddon’s steam traction engine will be offering trailer rides around the town from the Market Place.
  • 4pm: Music and entertainment with Sid Valley Radio, plus singing with Ashley Leeds.
  • 4.45pm: A performance of Light Parade by Sidmouth College Year 7 students with Sidmouth School of Art.
  • 5.15pm: The Annual Golden Ticket draw will take place
  • 5.30pm: Christmas lights switched on.

The Gliddons steam engine.
Photo: with permission.

Sidmouth’s Christmas light display and switch-on is funded by the town council and supported by local businesses.

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