It is one of the most eagerly anticipated dates on Doncaster's festive calendar - and here's all you need to know about this year's Christmas lights switch on
Thousands of people will descend on the town centre this weekend for the lighting up of the illuminations - here's your complete guide to what's going on.
When is it?
This Saturday - November 18.
The festivities take place all day - see full timings and venues below. Fireworks take place at 6.30pm.
The lights switch on will take place in Sir Nigel Gresley Square with a special stage the centre of the activities but there will be activities at a wide range of venues and places across Doncaster. See below.
How much does it cost?
Entry is free - but there will be some paid for activities.
What's going on?
All sorts! There will be music, entertainment, fireworks, food, fairground rides and much more. The festivities include free photos in a lifesize snowglobe, free roasted chestnuts, a treasure hunt and Santa's reindeer. There will also be traditional chalets with attractions including Brodsworth Hall and the Tourist Information Team with Doncaster related gifts on sale.
You’ll even be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep warm and get into the Christmas spirit.
How do I get there?
The lights switch on will take place in Sir Nigel Gresley Square. There are a number of car parks within walking distance.
By public transport:
By Train: Doncaster railway station is within walking distance of all town centre attractions. Trains run regularly to all local and national cities and towns. Check the National Rail Enquiries Website for train information. www.nationalrail.co.uk
By bus: Most buses in Doncaster travel via the town centre and Interchange. Visit the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive's website for information on buses. www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
So what's happening where and when?
9:30 – 18:30
Hot drinks and seating area
9:30 – 19:00
Hot food stall
11:00 – 15:30
11:00 – 11:30 – Doncaster Ukelele Group
11:45 – 12:15 – Doncaster Council Choir
12:30 – 13:00 – Hatfield Colliery Band Brass Ensemble
13:30 – 14:00 – Cusworth Singers
12:00 – 15:30
12:00 – 12:30 – Doncaster Ukelele Group
12:45 – 13:15 – Doncaster Council Choir
13:30 – 14:00 – Hatfield Colliery Band Brass Ensemble
14:20 – 14:50 – Cusworth Singers
Heritage Walk 1:30 (booking essential through Tourist Information Centre)
Jane Austen event 12 – 3pm Ballroom
Throughout the day mulled wine and mince pies
16:00 – 18:00
Main Stage - Sir Nigel Gresley Square
16:00 - 18:45
Welcome by Trax FM
Mickey and Minnie Christmas singalong
Clark School of Dance
Disney Princess set
Clark School of Dance
Countdown, lights and fireworks