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Christmas in Crewe will shine brightly

Crewe is set to dazzle throughout the festive period with a spectacular array of light shows bringing a modern twist to the Christmas countdown.

The season begins on November 23 when this year’s Christmas lights switch-on event will see the launch of a winter fairy story projected onto Municipal Building as a new month-long attraction.

The full-size projection will be the main feature of LUMEN - Crewe’s Night of Lights when the town will unveil a sparkling array of attractions.

Organisers at Crewe Town Council say its heart-warming tale of love set against the backdrop of a ‘snowy Victorian Crewe’ will delight people of all ages and prove the perfect start to the season of goodwill.

Family entertainment gets underway at 5pm and includes a magical lantern parade from Lyceum Square to Memorial Square where Mayor of Crewe, Cllr Brian Roberts, will switch on the Christmas lights at 6.30pm.

Another new feature will be PEAL- a laser-triggered emulation of a church bell tower blending state-of-the-art technology with 300 year-old ringing patterns.

Based at Christ Church, the art installation will offer visitors a chance to ‘ring’ bells by cutting beams of light with their hands.

Visitors will also be wowed by Spark! – a street feature show featuring ethereal characters dancing and drumming to a kaleidoscopic lighting design.

A winter market on Lyceum Square will offer a food and a wide range of festive gifts as well as a chance for children to meet Santa in his grotto.

Crewe’s Memorial Square will be lit by the magical glow of woodland creatures, giant flowers, luminous stars and ice drops and a ‘Fox Lady’ puppet will delight children with walkabout performances around the town centre.

The Town Council has worked with a range of partners to ensure Christmas has extra sparkle this year and plans to thrill visitors with eye-catching features never seen in Crewe before.

Support has come from Cheshire East CouncilCrewe Lyceum TheatreCrewe LibraryTheCat 107.9FMThe Market, Design Office, ArtReachDouble Take ProjectionSame SkyBltiz Fireworks,  Air Products, Prestige Motors Crewe, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC and ABC Childcare Services Crewe.

Cllr Marilyn Houston, chair of the Town Development Committee, said: “I am very excited that LUMEN – Crewe’s Night of Lights will be the curtain-raiser for the festive season in Crewe. The Christmas lights switch-on will be bigger and brighter this year with these exciting new light features brightening up the town.”

The lights campaign, running to December 23, aims to drive footfall to the town centre and attract late-night shoppers.

Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative. This is great news for Crewe and will help to attract more people to the area. This will provide a real boost to local businesses in and around the area.” The projection can be seen every night on Municipal Buildings from 5-10pm.

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