Coventry City Gets Ready For Christmas

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, and Coventry city centre is preparing to turn on its Christmas lights this Wednesday.

The event, which is always a huge hit with people of all ages, will start at 5 o’clock, with acts preforming into the evening. The lights themselves will be turned on at around 7:30, with the honour this year going to Britain’s Got Talent judge and former Mis-Teeq member, Alesha Dixon.

The rest of the event is being kept closely under wraps, with almost nothing being given away in build up to the day. But be sure that an array of local performers and sporting talent will take to the stage to the crowds entertained.

If you walk through the town centre you will already see the lights going up in preparation, with the usual array of festive markings waiting to light up the winter nights. The lights cover all of the high street and through to the lower precinct to keep your Christmas shopping merry.

Trish Willets, BID manager for Coventry is looking forward to the event. “This years Christmas lights switch on is going to be absolutely fantastic” she said. “We have so much planned for the evening, including local music and dance talent. It’s going to be a wonderful way to start Christmas”

The turning on of the lights marks the start of late night shopping for people coming to Coventry to buy their presents. Shops in the lower precinct will be open till the late time of 9 o’clock from November 22nd through the festive period. It also marks the start of free parking in the city centre on Wednesdays after 3pm in the run up to Christmas. From the 18th-25th the free parking will be extended to every day after 3pm, for those looking to do some last minute shopping.

The scheme hopes to attract visitors to the town centre to do their shopping instead of doing it all online. In recent years online shopping has taken over the high street as the main method for many to do their Christmas shopping, but by offering free parking Coventry City Council hopes that it will benefit local businesses and allow customers to take advantage of some of the new shops and restaurants recently added to the city.

Christmas is as big as ever in Coventry, with the festive period looking to be as big as always. The turning on of the lights next Wednesday is shaping up to be a tremendous family night out full of cheer and yuletide spirit. Whilst the now annual free parking in the city looks to make the busy period easier for everyone, and at the same time giving a little something back. For some Christmas starts as early as possible, whilst others wait for the lights and music to start. As of next Wednesday Coventry is saying that Christmas has well and truly begun, and family of all ages are invited to join in the festivities.

Aiden Christer

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