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No Go for Lincoln Market & Switch-on

The Lincoln Christmas market and festive lights switch-on event have both been cancelled for 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis. The City of Lincoln Council said the popular annual market, which brings around a quarter of a million visitors to the historic cathedral city, could not be staged because of the risk to the public [...]

July 9th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on No Go for Lincoln Market & Switch-on

Captain Tom Christmas Ad Target

There are reports that UK stores Marks & Spencer and John Lewis are vying for Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old war veteran who recently raised £33m for the NHS, to spearhead their Christmas advertisement campaigns for 2020. It is in the summer months that many festive ads are planned, but this year's pandemic has made [...]

July 4th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Captain Tom Christmas Ad Target

Preston Lights A Virtual Event

Organisers of Preston's Christmas lights switch-on event have announced this year's lighting ceremony will be done virtually, saying the decision to go online has been taken to protect public safety. The annual event traditionally attracts thousands of people on the Flag Market and is a highlight of the city’s calendar. A spokesperson for the organisers, Preston BID, is [...]

July 3rd, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Preston Lights A Virtual Event

Norwich Panto Called Off

Norwich Theatre Royal has become one of the first UK theatres to call off its Christmas pantomime, insisting the risk was "too great" after three months without income. Theatre venues in Buxton and Welwyn Garden City have also cancelled. Pantomimes are crucial to many a theatre's earnings and the 2020 festive season could prove pivotal in [...]

July 1st, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Norwich Panto Called Off

Rockerfeller Tree a Cert

There will be a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York for the 2020 festive season – but probably not the traditional crowds at the switch-on event. Tishman Speyer, the real estate firm that owns the Manhattan landmark, has confirmed that the world famous annual tree will be erected and illuminated this year, even [...]

June 29th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Rockerfeller Tree a Cert

Kew at Christmas Dates Announced

As social distancing measures are eased and businesses start to open in the UK, there is news that Christmas at Kew is returning for 2020. Dates and ticket details have been confirmed, with the event scheduled to open on November 18. It will run until January 3, 2021 and feature more than one million lights. Tickets [...]

June 27th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Kew at Christmas Dates Announced

Leicester’s Curve Show Postponed

Leicester’s Curve has announced the postponement of its Christmas show "The Wizard of Oz" and rescheduled it for the 2021 festive season. The production, produced in partnership with the Really Useful Group, was due to run from November 28 this year to mid-January of the New Year. It has now been rescheduled to November 27, 2021 [...]

June 26th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Leicester’s Curve Show Postponed

Exciting Tipping Point

We at How to Christmas like this particular date in the summer. Why? Because we are about to tip in to the point of no return…the point when we are nearer next Christmas than last. And though it's still six months to the big day, we feel we need to cast our eyes forward to [...]

June 25th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Exciting Tipping Point

Polar Express Hits the Stops

Telford Steam Railway's Polar Express, a hugely popular festive event, has been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. This British heritage line has organised the Polar Express train service in recent years, allowing families and friends to board a train decorated like the one in the hit animated film and to enjoy refreshments [...]

June 24th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Polar Express Hits the Stops

Festive First for Blackpool Illuminations

The historic Blackpool Illuminations will light up the Lancashire town for Christmas this year for the first time in their 108-year history. Instead of being switched off in November, as has been tradition, they will remain lit through until January 3, 2012. The move comes as the seaside resort aims to boost tourism in Blackpool, [...]

June 22nd, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Festive First for Blackpool Illuminations