THATCHAM residents will get that Christmas feeling when the town’s lights twinkle on December 2.
The elves at Thatcham Town Council are busy preparing for the big switch-on in The Broadway from 5pm.
There will be entertainment including steam engines, donkeys, refreshments and more than 20 stalls with games and activities before town mayor Ellen Crumly pushes the plunger to illuminate the town centre at 7pm.
As ever there will be a chance to meet Father Christmas courtesy of the Lions Club of Newbury and its Santa’s Sleigh.
There will also be a town centre treasure hunt in the week running up to the evening.
Residents will receive newsletters at the end of November containing a panto-themed wordsearch.
Copies can also be downloaded from www.thatchamtowncouncil.gov.uk
Completed forms can be taken to the town council’s stall on the night for a chance to win a prize.
Town centre businesses are also embracing the panto theme (oh yes they are!) and preparing their windows for the coveted best Christmas display accolade.
Many town centre stores will be offering late night shopping on the night and you can park for free in the Kingsland Centre on the day.
This year’s Christmas tree has again been sponsored by Oakley Green Conservatories.
The eastern side of The Broadway will be closed from 1pm and all buses normally serving The Broadway will use the bus stop outside Barclays Bank instead.
Thatcham Town Council will also be holding a reduced Thatcham Friday market until noon.
The market has been cancelled in previous years in preparation for the Christmas lights. However, as the town council now runs the market it said it could reduce the disruption caused.