Marlow’s Christmas Switch-On is back in real life!

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Marlow’s renowned Christmas lights Switch-On is back in force this year with Virgin Radio Breakfast Show Presenter Chris Evans, and even more festive entertainment than before.

Last year Chris, himself a local resident, was secretly filmed turning on the Christmas lights so that residents in lockdown were still able to see and enjoy the event. This year, he’s back in person and will be on the top of the double-decker bus outside the Chequers pub on Thursday 25th November for the big switch on.

Street entertainers on stilts, including Jack Frost, the Snow Queen and the Ice Witch will roam the High Street alongside a trio of Enchanted Ballerinas. ‘Real’ snow will fall, whatever the weather, thanks to snow machines, and visitors are encouraged to add to the magic of the evening by bringing a little sparkle of their own — fairy lights, sparkly hats and light-up jewellery – anything to add to the illuminations.

“This year’s event will be better than ever,” Richard Scott, Mayor of Marlow, said. “We’re delighted that Chris is joining us in person and we’re hoping that everyone helps light up the town with their own versions of Christmas lights.”

Switch-On is on Thursday 25th November. The High Street will be closed from 5.00 pm. There will be ‘snow’ and street entertainments from 6.00 pm and the Switch-On ceremony will take place at 6.30 pm. The road will reopen at 7.30 pm.

At MyMarlow we are really excited to have this event back in the diary for this year, and thank Chris for taking part, Marlow Town Council for sorting it all, and all the local businesses who sponsor the lights, including:

  • Government “Welcome Back Fund” from Buckinghamshire Council
  • Andrew Milsom
  • Seymour Taylor
  • Cheriton Financials
  • The Marlow Distillery Ltd
  • Signature at Cliveden Manor
  • NFU Mutual Ltd Marlow
  • Richardson Jones
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Bespoke Smile
  • Softcat
  • Simply Waste Solutions
  • The Burnside Partnership
  • Harleyford Golf Club Marlow Ltd
  • MLL Telecom Ltd
  • Open Health
  • My Specialist GP Marlow
  • Brand Events
  • The Butcher’s Tap and Grill
  • The Ship
  • Simmons and Sons
  • Marlow Chamber of Trade and Commerce
  • Whistl
  • Swish Fibre Ltd
  • Pink Affinity Ltd
  • Marlow Studio Project
  • Beaufort Financial
  • 4Front Security
  • Comland
  • Chequers Pub and Dining room

See you there!!

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk 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 nearly 2 decades doing this!

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