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Joe Pasqaule to light up Chippenham

Joe Pasqaule to light up Chippenham’s Christmas in Colour

Colour, comedy and Christmas cheer are guaranteed for all at Chippenham’s Christmas in Colour!

We are working in partnership with Chippenham BID and Bristol Hippodrome, and we are thrilled to announce that comedian Joe Pasquale, who has continued to delight audiences with his live stand-up tours for 20 years, will be headlining this year’s big Switch-On on Friday 24 November.

Following the success of 2016’s Christmas Light Switch On, this year’s event will be extended to two days to kick off the Christmas season in Chippenham.

Steve Jones, Head of Sales and Marketing said, “We are delighted that Chippenham has taken The Bristol Hippodrome to their hearts again this year for ‘Christmas In Colour’ as we always receive the warmest of welcomes. When we asked Joe if he would turn on the lights with Father Christmas this year it was an immediate yes, as he loves this part of the world. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Hippodrome and see you all at Aladdin in December.”

The official light switch on will take place on Friday 24 November, where the town centre will be bursting with colourful entertainment from 4pm for visitors to enjoy. Throughout the event there will be a whole host of festive and fun activities in the town centre, arts and crafts, face painting, market stalls, festive characters, competitions and more.

The annual Santa’s Grotto in Emery Gate Shopping Centre will also open its doors from 3pm – 7.30pm and Chippenham Street Pastors will be providing a Safe Zone as well as collecting to raise funds for the work they do in the town.

The Market Place will once again host the main stage with entertainment kicking off at 5.30pm with a very special performance from BBC Pitch Battle’s ‘4Tune Tellers’, a close-harmony vocal group, before we welcome Heart Breakfast’s Ben and Mel.

The main stage will also feature some of the best local talent including Harmony-Asia, who performed at the Carnival earlier this year and of course, the well-loved abseiling Santa will scale the Angel Hotel in the build up to the official switch-on moment at 6.30pm where Joe Pasquale will illuminate Chippenham in his own iconic way, swiftly followed by a spectacular firework display, supported by Emery Gate Shopping Centre, lighting up the skies above the town centre.

To be in with a chance of winning a meet and greet with Joe Pasquale himself, as well as the opportunity to take part in other competitions, follow Chippenham Connected on Facebook as details will be released in the coming weeks.

And there’s more. On Saturday 25 November there will be festive entertainment for all the family to enjoy from 12noon. Memorable photo opportunities will be on offer with a giant snow globe in the Market Place from 12noon to 6pm and the Artisan Market will return to The Yelde Hall from 12noon-6pm.

The icing on the Christmas cake will be the return of the popular ‘Carols around the Christmas tree’ from 4.30pm where community choirs have the opportunity to perform, followed by some community carol singing – song sheets provided. If you are the leader of a community choir and would like to perform please contact info@chippenhambid.co.uk. Performance slots are limited, and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to apply to hold a stall in the market, please contact info@chippenhambid.co.uk to request an application form. Due to the scale of the event and the demand for stalls, spaces are limited. Deadline for applications is Friday 27 October.

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