Countdown to Christmas in Marlow this year!

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Marlow's lights as seen in 2012.
Marlow’s lights as seen in 2012.

It’s going to be Christmas-tastic in Marlow this year, with THREE great events to get you in the festive mood!

We have a new event as well as the traditional activities taking place in and around the town centre.  The town’s beautiful Christmas lights display will be extended even further around the town this year, and the town will be buzzing with Christmas cheer for residents and visitors.

Switch on and Shop: Thursday, 21st November 6.00 to 9.00 pm

You can catch Tom in the New Year in the hit BBC series "Father Brown"
Tom Chambers

Marlow’s new ‘Switch on and Shop’ event celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights and will feature special Christmas gift promotions, offers and displays in shops opening late all around the town.

The lights will be switched on by celebrity actor Tom Chambers, of Holby City and Strictly Come Dancing fame, from a bus situated outside The Chequers Pub and Restaurant in the High Street, at around 6.30 pm.  Parking in all the off-road car parks will be free throughout the day to encourage shoppers, and there will be no road closures.  The Christmas atmosphere will be added to by by Marlow FM and the Next Stage choir who will be performing festive arrangements after the light switch on.

Traditional late night shopping: Thursday 5th December

 Marlow Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s traditional late night shopping event takes place on the evening of Thursday, 5th December.

Late night shopping 2012
Late night shopping 2012

The High Street will be closed to traffic for charity and commercial stalls to line the pavements and many of Marlow’s town centre shops will also be open.   There’ll be a carol service in the High Street, a Nativity scene – including animals – and Father Christmas will also be there in his grotto.

Carols on the Causeway: Thursday 19th December

Hundreds of children will carry Christmas lanterns through the town on their way to the carol singing event in the early evening.  Schoolchildren are making their own lantern at school, and bringing it into the town, congregating in the early evening around the Christmas tree before the carol singing starts.

Each of six local schools will nominate its best three lanterns to be judged by Marlow Town Mayor, and the nominees and winners of the award for the best lantern will be announced on the night.  There will be prizes for one winner from each of the six schools involved, and certificates for the nominees, as well as chocolate treats, provided by Sainsburys for all the children.

After the prize giving there’ll be carol singing with members of the Choral Society around the Christmas tree, accompanied by Marlow Town Band, at approximately 7.00 pm. Mulled Wine and mince pies will be available and Marlow Rotary Club will be providing hot chestnuts.

What a line up! 🙂


Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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