FESTIVE lights are set to sparkle in Christchurch later this month.

The town is gearing up for its big Christmas light switch on which takes place on Saturday, November 25.

The free Christmas extravaganza will take place in Christchurch High Street between 11am and 7pm.

A countdown ceremony will see the mayor of Christchurch switch on the lights at 5.30pm.

Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor Viv Charrett, said: “I think this will be a fantastic year where Christmas will truly be celebrated throughout the Christchurch area.

“The snowflake theme lights are particularly fantastic.

“It will be truly amazing; I hope to see everyone there.”

Organised by Christchurch Town Council, the event will feature live entertainment from headline act 6 To The Bar, DJ Jay Rachet from Hot Radio, Sound of Soul Choir, and Minky Moos.

Hush Club will also be on the High Street bringing the party energy with music, sequins, and cocktails.

Meanwhile, a festive market will feature a variety of gifts and craft stalls along with hot and cold food.

There will also be funfair rides, face painting, and high-octane urban bike displays in Saxon Square taking place three times throughout the day.

The display will see mountain bike athletes carry out a series of daring stunts on a purpose-built rig.

A dazzling array of light displays will be in place across the town for people to enjoy from the deer on the roundabout to the Convent and Riverside walk leading to the bandstand.

Further displays will be situated along Bargates and in the high street.

High Street and Saxon Square will be closed from 7.30am to 10pm.

This year’s Christmas lights and switch on event is being delivered by Christchurch Town Council along with Christchurch BID, Toob full-fibre broadband, Rotary Club of Christchurch, Pulford Publicity, Christchurch Chamber of Trade, and Commerce and Stir Events.

The full programme for the day can be found on the Christchurch Town Council website.