Skegness set for 2017 Xmas Switch On

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Shoppers in Skegness are preparing for a winter treat as they prepare for the annual Christmas lights switch-on and Christmas Carnival Parade on Thursday, (November 30).

A scene from last year’s Switch On Event.

The Event has grown year on year and now attracts Thousands of people.

Held, once again outside the Hildreds Shoppinng Centre, many stores and businesses will be open for late night shopping – adding to the Christmas atmosphere and children and big-kids a like will be entertained by a host of Christmas themed events.

With entertainment from 5pm on the main stage, the festivities will continue throughout the night.

This years Christmas parade will begin by leaving Briar Way and will whisk its way up High Street and down Lumley Road from 6.15pm with Santa in his sleigh and special guest presenter from Lincs FM’s breakfast show Rob Hammond.

High Street and Lumley Road will be closed from 5pm onwards.

Unlike the picture (below), the streets of Skegness will be bustling and bursting full of Christmas Cheer on Thursday and the tree, featured here will be lit up in all it’s glory – signalling the start of the Christmas build up in the resort.

The Christmas tree will be lit-up on Thursday, November 30 at 7pm.

Organisers promise a bigger and better parade than ever this year.

The grotto is run voluntarily by the Skegness Carnival and this year it is a grotto with a twist!

And if it doesn’t snow, they’ll make it snow – turning Skegness once more, into a real winter wonderland.

Spectators will get the ‘wow’ factor with Christmas themed costume characters and other familiar favourites, illuminated Christmas acts and stilt walkers.

The Embassy Theatre Panto stars will officially launch panto season in Skegness and Skegness Mayor Coun Danny Brookes will add the officialdom before the town’s Christmas lights, Tree and Hildreds displays are switched on at 7pm, together with Santa, Rob Hammond, the Panto cast from Aladdin and the Mayor, collectively handed the honour.

Cave of wonder

After Santa is welcomed to town during the Light Switch On he will then takes his place in the Grotto inside the Shopping Centre. This year the Grotto is the Cave of Wonders from the pantomime in association with the Embassy Theatre.

The grotto is run voluntarily by the Skegness Carnival and this year it is a grotto with a twist. The inside of the Aladdin’s Cave will be turned in to an Elves Workshop where every child who visits Santa is able to choose their own toy from the Workshop.

There is also a new online booking system for this years Grotto so you can book a time in advance. If you would like to book online please visit the Skegness Carnival Website here.

The Hildreds team have been busy this year and children will adore The Hildreds Eskimo’s, Eric, Ernie and Enrie and if you look closely, you may spot Hettie the Yeti too!

There’s also a few old friends returning to the centre, joining Aladdin and Jasmine and their friends for Christmas in Skegness:

Do you remember Zac our Christmas singing reindeer?

Well this year he has been joined by a friend – Harry. All he wanted for Christmas last year was his two front teeth, I bet you can’t guess what he has asked Santa for this year?

Come and meet Harry and Zac on 30th November when they come to life and listen to their Christmas song, you will be singing along with them in no time 🙂

Posted by Hildreds Centre on Sunday, November 26, 2017

Your letters to santa can also be posted and these will receive a free reply in an amazing 24 hours – Gosh those elves are speedy! There’s also a colouring competition.

Money raised in the Hildreds Grotto is donated to The Skegness Carnival and used to put on next year’s parade.

Jasmin and Aladdin have flown in for Christmas.


The 2017 Christmas Light Switch On is on Thursday 30th November.


The Switch On takes place outside the Hildreds Shopping Centre, next to the Christmas Tree.


5pm onwards – switch-on 7pm.