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Christmas Light Switch On

Christmas Light Switch On 2016.

It takes a lot of work and planning but when it comes together it is worth it. Well done all of you involved Tredegar Town Council staff and councillors, our lighting specialists, the talented pupils of Tredegar Comprehensive school, the amazing Pablo from Madrid on the violin, Jaime, Steven AkaDennis Aherne and Emma CM who pull all the entertainment together, Santa who always turns up, all the primary pupils who made lanterns and took part in the parade, the Aneurin Leisure staff from Bedwellty and the library who turned out in numbers and helped through the night, our Police, all the stall holders who braved the cold and the shops who stayed open late, the Cam for your electric and Mel Morgan for you balls, all of our helpers Steve, Jaime, Tim Quirk, Glenn Willis, Sean Seaward and Tredegar Roundtable for the sleigh our AM Alun Davies and MP Nick Smith who never miss our Christmas light switch on and our best celebrity rugby guest Tavis Knoyle who signed hundreds of autographs and selfies and last but not least the great Tredegar public who turned out in thousands and made it such a very special evening thank you all.

A special thanks to Alyson Tippings for this press release. Photos from the evening can be viewed in the Flickr gallery.

Christmas Lights Switch On, Friday 25th November 2016

This year's event is being held at The Circle with the Switch On by Santa and guest Tavis Knoyle. There will be stalls, live music, and a few small fairground rides. Prior to the Switch On there will be a lantern parade coming from Bedwellty House & Park. Santa's Grotto will be open in Tredegar Library from 4.30pm and Bedwellty House will be holding a lantern making workshop prior to the start of the main event. The main event starts in The Circle from 5pm with the Switch On at 6.30pm, followed by Christmas activities at Bedwellty House from 7pm (the House event is ticket only so please contact them direct on Tel: 01495 353370 for further information on this and the lantern workshops).For further information on the Switch On event please contact the Town Council office Tel: 01495 722352.

Christmas Lights Switch On, Friday 27th November 2015

This year's event is being held at The Circle starting at 5pm with the Switch On by Santa and guest Gwent Dragons player Andrew Coombs at 6pm.  There will be stalls, live music, a few small fairground rides and Santa's grotto in Tredegar Library with face painting and other activities too.  Prior to the Switch On there will be a lantern parade coming from Bedwellty House & Park with Tredegar Comprehensive Choir leading them to The Circle.

Friday 26th November 2010

New Look for Tredegar's Christmas Lighting

This year the Annual Switch-On of the Christmas Lights will take place on Friday 26th November 2010.

A Parade, including Santa and his Sleigh will go from Gwent Shopping Centre at 5.30pm down to the Clock for the Switch-On at 6pm. Following the Switch-On there will be a programme of carols, songs and entertainment around the Clock (full details to follow).

The lights themselves will be a little different this year. The old "string lights" along the main street (Commercial Street and Castle Street) are going to be replaced with motifs on lamp posts throughout the town. The old "string lights" were always a bit hit and miss - one bulb could knock a succession of others out - we learned last year that the wind and wild weather played havoc with them!

The Town Clock will be a far more central feature this year, with LED lights from the clock to buildings around The Circle and a blanket of lights around the Clock column, everything will continue to comply with the regulations governing the Grade II Listed Building status that The Clock enjoys, safeguarding the Clock against damage.

Throughout the Town Christmas trees with sparkling lights will be put on buildings with brackets, as in the past, but this year the trees will be artificial. This ensures the long term visibility of the lights and will help to reduce not only cost but any impact on the wider environment.

The LED lighting throughout the Town will help to reduce the cost of electricity and environmental impact. We understand that this is going to look different, and not everyone will like the changes, but it gives us a chance to build on what we will have and we will take the comments and suggestions of the people of Tredegar onboard.

This year the changes have been made in order to provide a fresh look for the Town and Clock, one that will also help to reduce costs, so vital in the times we live in at the moment, and help to reduce the impact on our environment.

Please come and join us on Friday 26th November 2010 from 5.30pm and together we can all ring the changes to the Christmas Lights of Tredegar.