THATCHAM’S Christmas lights will be switched on, on December 4.
It may only be October but the elves at Thatcham Town Council are already preparing for the town’s festivities.
Last year’s solar-powered lighting scheme will bedeck the High Street.
A Christmas tree will take pride of place in the Broadway, where Heartstart Thatcham will run Santa’s grotto alongside the 22 stalls who have booked for the event, which opens from 5pm.
Pupils from Kennet School, members of Read Dance and Theatre School and the Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society will grace the stage with yuletide performances.
The town council is hopeful that steam engines and donkeys will return for the switch on, which will be performed by the mayor of Thatcham, Sheila Ellison, at 7pm.
Businesses are encouraged to get their creative Christmas hats on and come up with Christmas song themes as they seek to claim the accolade of the best dressed window display.
Youngsters will also be able to go on a treasure hunt searching out clues in shops and locations around the town.
The eastern side of The Broadway will be closed to traffic from 1pm between the Kings Head pub and AB Walker Funeral Directors.