IT’S that special time of year again when Lyme Regis really starts to twinkle. And spirits are expected to be especially high on Saturday, November 30 as the town officially begins its countdown to Christmas with the colourful lantern parade and switch on of the Christmas lights.
The lighting up of Lyme never fails to draw crowds and gasps of wonder from onlookers soaking up the seasonal atmosphere.
The festive extravaganza is set to be bigger and better than ever as organisers, Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Committee, have for the first time been purchasing their own sets of lights, including a new ammonite centrepiece to be displayed across Broad Street.
Christmas lights committee member Rob James commented: “We’re hoping as many people as possible join us to celebrate the beginning of the festive season in town.
“The committee are dedicated to putting on a display the town can be proud of and we are very grateful to our sponsors Lyme Bay Holidays, Swim, St Austell Brewery and Toad Hall Cottages for their support along with many other local businesses, the town council, Rotary Club, and members of the local community who have generously contributed to our fundraising efforts.”
The afternoon celebrations commence with the Christmas lantern-making workshop at Lyme Regis Baptist Church Hall at 3pm. This is a free event with all materials provided and is great fun for kids and all the family.
Prizes will be awarded for the best lanterns in each age category with judging taking place at 4.30pm. Lanterns made at home are also welcome to enter the competition.
Following the judging, the lantern parade will make its way down Broad Street from 5.15pm, with the cross-street lighting displays illuminating as the parade passes underneath.
Lyme Regis Majorettes will be adding a bit of extra sparkle to the proceedings with an energetic routine, followed by Father Christmas, who will be accompanied by the mayor, town crier Alan Vian and local resident Andrew Hodder, who has been selected to switch on the lights for his sterling efforts in selling raffle tickets on behalf of the lights committee.
The parade will eventually reach the iconic Christmas tree at Bell Cliff, donated by Penn Farm, where the draw for the raffle will take place followed by the switch-on at 5.30pm.
Entertainment will be provided by ukulele band Lyme Luggers and Lyme Morris dancers.
The lights will continue to sparkle until the first week of January, taking the town into a bright New Year. The new lighting display in Langmoor Gardens are also expected to switched on on November 30 and will be on for two weeks over the Christmas period.
More information about the Christmas Lights Committee can be found on the website lymechristmaslights.co.uk