Bringing new meaning to a proper cup of tea…
With November now in full swing, the impending arrival of Christmas and all it ensures is hard to ignore. This week I drove down Stony Stratford High Street to witness a big group of people erecting the Christmas lights high above the pavements of one of MK’s beloved market towns and it did give me a little buzz of excitement. What is prettier on a dark winters night than seeing your local high street alight with the colours from strings of lights and decorations? How about witnessing the official switch on? When hundreds upon thousands of local people flock out in the cold, with smiles from ear to ear to countdown a very traditional starting point for the festive season.
Here is my guide to the Christmas Light Switch On events in Milton Keynes for 2016:
It may only be the 11th November but now that I’m a parent, I’m older and just ardently more organised (or try to be), you might understand why I’m all for getting the Christmas show on the road asap.
There’s a strict rule in my household that the Christmas season is not allowed to begin until we witness the Christmas light switch-on in our local town. It’s always a fun, family event. Wrapping up in hat, scarves and gloves and bundling out into the cold to see Christmas come to life. Normally switch-ons are accompanied with music, Christmas stalls and lots of activities or rides for the children. Here’s your guide to the Christmas light switch-ons in Milton Keynes:
Friday 13th November
Centre:MK, Central Milton Keynes
Join the cast of Aladdin from Milton Keynes Theatre and breakfast presenters from Heart FM for the official lighting of the Christmas tree in Queens Court and Christmas lights throughout the centre:mk. Switch on will be at 5.00pm in Queens Court and there will be choirs, music and even the promise of real snow. Wow. (Santa will always be arriving and then making his way to Middleton Hall for the opening of the grotto and display in Middleton Hall).
Friday 13th November
Intu Shopping Centre (Formally Midsummer Place) Central Milton Keynes
There’s a fun filled afternoon planned over at intu shopping centre with lots of activities on offer for children to enjoy. From 3pm-7pm children are invited to the ‘write a letter to Santa’ workshop, throw a snowball games and there’ll be face painting on offer to, all accompanied with music from local radio station MKFM. Children will even get to meet their favourite mascots, including Bobby Bubbles and Gulliver’s Land’s Gully and Gilly (and friends). Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.30pm
Saturday 28th November
Stony Stratford high street becomes a hive of activity for the infamous annual Christmas light switch-on. There’s a funfair, Christmas stalls and lots of live entertainment throughout the day. The annual lantern procession which commences from York House, London Road will start at 4.15pm and ends with the light switch-on at 5.00pm.
Saturday 28th November
Not to be outdone by Stony, Newport Pagnell’s Christmas switch-on is set to be their biggest yet. With a huge array of stalls selling handmade local produce, refreshments and live entertainment. With raffles available too, you could win something amazing for Christmas.
Sunday 29th November
Theatre District, Central Milton Keynes
The Christmas fun family event at the Theatre District is set to be a star studded affair. With local talent from hit shows like The X Factor and The Voice performing and even our own European Cheerleader champions showing us their best moves. Local primary school choirs will also be on hand to melt even the coldest Grinch hearts.
Sunday 6th December
Santa will be arriving on a motorbike to Bletchley this December with a very special competition winner to light up the town centre. Lots of Christmas stalls and entertainment is on offer from 2.00pm until 6.00pm including a lantern parade!
Have I missed a Christmas light switch-on in MK or surrounding area? Just email me and I’ll add it to the list
Plans for the redevelopment of The Point in Central Milton Keynes have been unveiled today and we have the very first look at what is planned for the infamous site.
Initial plans for the site to be developed into the UK’s largest Primark retail shop have been snubbed due to the successful MK1 store in Bletchley. The go ahead has been given and works will be starting in the next few weeks for the creation of Milton Keynes’ first indoor cattle market. Below is the artists impression of the site.
In a nod to the local love of all things cow related, it will now become a national hub for the trading of livestock. The Milton Keynes Cattle Market.
At the front of the building will be the largest concrete cow that Milton Keynes has ever seen, proudly looking towards The Centre:MK. Multiple livestock loading areas will be at the rear of the building, backing onto Avebury Boulevard.
With its perfect position in the heart of Milton Keynes and with great links to the motorways. This is set to be a highly successful and extremely busy trade site, popular with local farmers, cow enthusiasts and ensured to excite visitors to our beloved home town.
What are your views on these plans?