Today I wanted to share with you an awesome lead up to christmas festival I am involved in, five nights of lights! Presented by InExeter they have teamed up with Hospiscare South West to support the charitys annual campaign ‘Light up a Life.’
Below are all the events you can check out and where you can find me , I am involved with every day aside from one (the first one Wednesday 13th) so definetley come see all the cool stuff going on and come and say hi!
Quote from InExeter: ‘This year, the Christmas lights switch on is very different; instead of a commercial one-night light switch on in the High Street, InExeter brings the Christmas lights to the city in a whole new way – with not one, but FIVE nights of lights – five unique offers on each night Wed 13th – Sun 17th November to switch on the lights in different parts of the city night by night, including a carnival, a family fair and much more! The idea of this is ‘The City Is Our Stage’, celebrating community involvement, and trying to offer something new, and for everyone. We are proud to be part of this bold new drive for the city – head over to inexeter.com for full info on all the Five Nights of Lights celebrations!’
What’s happening: South & North Street Sings 5pm – 7pm.
There will be stalls and street entertainment. There will community choirs in a singing parade from north to south street with the lights switching on as they pass (Harmonics Acapella, Unity Gospel Choir, Sounds Choir, Pauline Quirke Academy Choir, Theatretrain Choir, University of Exeter Choral Society and Exeter Street Choir). The Sound of the Sirens and their Sirens Choir will be Singing for St Petrock. An important charity who are supporting those who are vulnerably housed or homeless. There will also be the Stagecoach exhibition bus and mascot as well as PJ Masks and getting to meet and greet your favourite characters. Ashley Jeary and the radio exe team will also be live broadcasting and there will be opportunities to win competitions.
Thursday 14th November – Gandy and Queen Street Christmas Carnival. Find out more info HERE.
What’s happening: The Carnival 5-7pm! Celebrations happening over the Phoenix, Queen Street, Gandy Street and the Guildhall. There will be a parade featuring the Exeter Street Band as well as Jam the Channel’s Bad Christmas Jumper rave. Also performing is Urbanflow Street Dance as well as myself. The Richard Dale Theatre School will also be performing FAME. Also will be hosted by, this Christmas’s Northcott’s Beauty and the beast’s Dame Betty Bon Bon. Ashley Jeary and the team from Radio Exe will also be at each event broadcasting live plus competitions.
Where you can find me: Outside Bang and Olufsen which is opposite Bills in Gandy Street! 5-7pm (Stopping between 5.45-6.45pm for the parade).
Friday 15th November – Stars at Sidwell and Paris Street. Find out more info HERE.
Whats Happening: Starting at 4pm there will be a parade starting in John Lewis and ending outside with the lights switch on in Sidwell Steet. There will be lots of pop up stalls to grab food and drink and craft activities to do! Such as Sugarcraft and star themed workshops and even make your own lino print christmas cards! You will also be able to meet and greet the Beauty and the Beast cast from this years Northcott Christmas Panto. There will also be performances from Urbanflow street dance, myself and Ashley Jeary and the team broadcasting live and again more chances to win competitions.
Where you can find me: Outside Streamers on the corner of Sidwell and Paris Street! 4-7 (Stopping in the middle for the parade).
Saturday 16th November – High Street and Castle Street Family Christmas Fair. Find out more info HERE.
What’s happening: Christmas fair from 2-6pm, with lots to see and do: Free arts and crafts, pop up stalls, lantern making (Workshop now sold out but click on Facebook page event for more info as you are able to sign up for the waiting list) and live music (including yours truly, Magnetic Meteors and Dan Caute) A 3 metre tall puppet of Tommy Cooper will switch on the Christmas lights above! Also Exeter Roller Derby show and Holly Horse Box Photo Booth! Ashley Jeary and the team broadcasting live and again more chances to win competitions.
Where you can find me: Outside White Company in the High Street between 2-5pm. Parade starts at 5pm!
Sunday 17th November: Fore Street Christmas Flea. Find out more at the Event Page HERE.
Whats happening: The last event of the week is is 12-6pm in fore street. There will be vintage, indie and craft gifts to buy, street food, as well as live music (Myself, Exeter Rock Choir, the Hummingbirds, Dan Caute, Exeter Gospel Choir). A display bus from Stagecoach, Urban Flow Street Dance and there will also poetry! You’ll see the West Quarter light switch on and also be entertained by a lantern parade at the end.
Where can you find me: I will be on the stage outside Salt City at the bottom of Fore Street between 12-1pm!
There’s even more on the 21st November with the Gandy Street Countdown to Christmas with plenty to see and do, check out more info HERE.
Hope to see you guys there, if you see me playing during the week would love if you could say hi and if you could take any photos/videos and send them to me for my social media pages it would be much appreciated!
Hannah Ruby XO