A day of festive entertainment will be held in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday, November 20th to mark the grand switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights.

This year’s community event is being overseen by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council with free festive entertainment being run by both Burnham Chamber of Trade and Burnham Retail Group.

Fair rides will be set up throughout the day, and visitors will also be able to enjoy a festive market featuring local groups and charities, plus free community entertainment.

A stage outside the Victoria Hotel, run by the Chamber of Trade, will see local X-Factor semi-finalist Kezia Povey performing live, along with Burnham community groups, choirs and schools from 12.30pm, leading up to the lights switch-on at 6pm. There will also be a chance to meet Santa!

Regional arts group Seed will be organising a lantern parade through the town centre as part of the switch-on activities, encouraging families to get creative as part of the event.

There will also be festive fun in the town centre during the day, run by Burnham Retail Group, and it will have a second stage set up in the Lynton Road car park at the southern end of the town centre, near the fountain, which will operate in the evening from 6.30pm with live music from popular local band Riverbrew.

Several roads in the town centre will be closed through the day to allow the event to go ahead safely, and further details on the closures will be announced shortly.

Town Mayor Cllr Mike Facey says: “I am really pleased that both Burnham Retail Group and Burnham Chamber of Trade have volunteered to work with each other to organise some exciting plans for this year’s Christmas lights switch-on event in Burnham on 20th November. The two groups have received funding from the town council, which also pays for and manages the lights. We are looking forward to this year’s event being bigger and better than ever!”

Highbridge’s switch-on will take place the following weekend on November 27th. More details to follow.

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