Gedling Borough Council has today confirmed its plans for Christmas lights switch-on events across the borough and plans for a festive market in Arnold.
Arnold will be hosting a Christmas weekend market from Sunday, November 28 until December 19. The market will be open every Sunday from 10am-2pm and will have festive food, crafts, games and musical entertainment every week during the run up to Christmas. The market is being supported by Gedling Borough Council and organised by Rural Retailer and will take place on Eagle Square.
Arnold Methodist Church will be hosting a craft fair on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4.
There will also be a craft fair and Santa’s grotto at Arnold Library on Saturday, December 4 from 10am – 2pm.
There will also be a Christmas Fayre in Killisick on Saturday, December 4 at the Killisick Children’s Centre from 10am – 2pm.
Christmas light switch-ons have also been confirmed for a number of areas in the borough. The Mayor of Gedling will be attending several events in his role as First Citizen of the borough.
This year, the Arnold Christmas light switch on has moved from Eagle Square to outside the Arnold Methodist Church next to the new Arnold Market Place development.
In Netherfield, children from local primary schools will be performing carols and the Burton Joyce Training Band will be performing a medley of carols in the town centre before Santa arrives on his sleigh.
The following switch ons are confirmed:
- Carlton Hill, Sensory Garden – Wednesday, November 24 at 6pm
- Netherfield Town Centre – Friday, November 26 at 4.30pm
- Gedling Village – Friday, November 26 at 6pm
- Mapperley Top – Thursday, December 2 at 4-30pm
- Calverton, St Wilfred’s Square – Saturday, November 27 between 3pm-4pm
- Arnold Town Centre (outside Arnold Methodist Church) – Friday, December 3 from 5.30pm.
As part of plans to get more people to shop locally, the council will be promoting its #Rediscover campaign as part of the Christmas events. Businesses can sign up to promote their business and festive offers by filling out a form that will be included on a new dedicated website to promote businesses.
The Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We’re very pleased to be announcing these series of Christmas events across the borough after having to cancel events last year due to the pandemic.
“We want to get people back onto their local high streets and to enjoy the Christmas festivities.
“The Arnold Christmas Market will be a great opportunity for people to purchase unique gifts for loved ones.
“The Christmas light switch ons are always very special, especially for young children, so we are really delighted that we can bring those back this year.
“Our businesses have taken a real hit over the last 20 months so anything we can do to get people to rediscover their town centres and shop locally will be welcome, I am sure.”
For all the details about the Christmas events and how businesses can sign up to get support visit www.gedling.gov.uk/rediscover