IT may not be December just yet, but it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with a number of festive activities on today.
Excitement is mounting in the run-up to the big switch-on of Newbury’s Christmas tree lights – and the arrival of Father Christmas – in a grand parade and seasonal celebration on Sunday.
Festive street lights have been twinkling over the last couple of weeks, on The Broadway’s Clock Tower, along Northbrook Street and in Bartholomew Street, stretching up to the railway bridge.
However the main event will be the Christmas Light Switch-on in Newbury Market Place and Santa Parade today.
The fun starts with the chance for children to visit Santa in his grotto, from 11am to 3.45pm, followed by live music from 2pm with the Rock Choir, Crowd Control, The Mini Band and singer Emma Lawrence, from Woolton Hill.
Entertainment during the day will build up to the parade, from 4.30pm to 5pm, gathering at the West Berkshire Council car park in Market Street.
Elsewhere from 10am to 4pm Newbury Festive Artisan Market will be running in Newbury town centre.
While, in the run up to Newbury's Festival of Light there will be free lantern-making workshops, held from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm at New Greenham Arts. Anyone interested can drop-in with the lantern-making likely to take around an hour and a half.