East Devon towns gearing up to celebrate Christmas

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 18 October 2017

Olympian, Jo Pavey, was guest of honour who was invited to switch on Honiton's Christmas lights this year. Honiton Chamber of Commerce members met with Jo and her family in the Lacemaker's Cafe before the switch-on in 2014 but who will do it this year? Ref mhh 2078-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Olympian, Jo Pavey, was guest of honour who was invited to switch on Honiton's Christmas lights this year. Honiton Chamber of Commerce members met with Jo and her family in the Lacemaker's Cafe before the switch-on in 2014 but who will do it this year? Ref mhh 2078-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

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Several festive events have already been planned.

Axminster Rotary Club is organising Festive Friday in Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxminster Rotary Club is organising Festive Friday in Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Christmas is just around the corner – and towns are now gearing up to put on several festive events to mark the occasion.

A giant Christmas tree is going to be erected in Honiton ahead of the town’s festive lights switch on being held on Saturday, November 18.

The tree is being supplied by Combe Estate and transported into Honiton by Halse of Honiton.

There will be festive entertainment in the town from 4pm, after a carol service held at St Paul’s Church from 3pm.

Seaton held a Victorian Christmas Market in 2015. Picture: Alex WaltonSeaton held a Victorian Christmas Market in 2015. Picture: Alex Walton

The entertainment will comprise live music from Honiton Band and youth orchestra.

The official switch-on of Honiton’s lights will take place at 6pm.

Colin Wright, president of Honiton Chamber of Commerce, says: “There will be a lot happening and it the lights will be even better than the ones put up last year!

“We hope you come along and enjoy the festivities and switch-on.”

In Axminster, the town’s rotary club is once again organising a wonderful festive evening in the centre of town on Friday, December 8 from 5pm to 8pm.

The Lyme Regis Town Band will feature with festive music and carols together with Punch and Judy, Karizma Majorettes and many stalls from all the local schools and a number of local charities selling Christmas wares.

There will be mulled wine and mince pies, burgers, tea and coffee and many other delicious offerings on the stalls.

The highlight of the evening for families and children will be the arrival of Father Christmas on his magnificent sleigh.

A Rotary Club spokesman said: “We are so grateful to Father Christmas for agreeing to visit us again this year. We look forward to many families and children joining us on this traditional festive occasion.”

** Details of the Seaton late night shopping event and Santa’s arrival there are expected to be announced shortly.

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