CHRISTMAS comes to Bognor Regis this weekend.
The annual festive lights switch-on will add sparkle to the town centre on Saturday.
The displays are a new design this year to provide an additional glow to the area.
The big moment will arrive at 4.45pm when the cast of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panto at the Regis Centre will be joined by Father Christmas and Bognor’s town mayor, Tony Gardiner, for the occasion. They will be on a stage in the High Street.
Cllr Gardiner said: “I am really looking forward to being part of the Christmas light switch-on and I hope everyone turns up to support the event and to do their Christmas shopping in Bognor.
“The switch-on will be a big event and a good day with a lot going on. I hope everyone can come and join in.”
Cllr Gardiner said he hoped people would be packing into the town on Saturday and in the run-up to Christmas to do their festive shopping. He said: “The town manager has being doing a lot of work to get people into the town and, like me, he hates to see empty shops.”
The fun will begin well before the lights come to life along the High Street, London Road precinct and York Road.
The action will begin at 10am with a performance in the town centre by the Salvation Army choir until 2pm.
That will be followed by the Dream Dance Singers at 2pm and the Bersted Community Choir at 2.30pm. Razzamtazz and Raz Ted will round off the singing at 3pm.
Back for another year of delight for young children and their adults, will be a reindeer family taking up residence in the London Road precinct from 11am until 4pm.
Malcolm the Magician will perform for shoppers in Boots from 11am, with a show at 3pm. Coles fairground rides and stalls will be providing some traditional fun in London Road and the High Street.
The day has been organised by Bognor Regis Town Council which funds the lights.