21st November 2016
The event, organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, was held in Fountain Square and Stocklund Square, and was preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and family attractions.
There were superb performances on the main stage in Fountain Square from Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Cranleigh Dance & Theatre Arts, The Wey, Lucina, SourKix, and Rev’d Roy Woodhams who led the audience in some festive carol singing.
The Christmas Lights were then switched on by Father Christmas and Noddy, who spent time in the High Street meeting families and having their photos taken, complete with Noddy’s distinctive toy car.
A number of local retailers and cafes stayed open later in the evening so shoppers could begin their festive shopping, accompanied by a performance in Stocklund Square by the Godalming Band, who launched their Christmas album later that evening with a special concert at the Methodist Church.
Visitors to the event enjoyed fairground rides, and craft, food and market stalls.
Organisers Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce thanked all of the volunteers who made the event possible and the large number of business sponsors who contributed this year towards the £10,000 cost of the Christmas Lights and switch-on event.
A Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said:
“A big thank you to everyone who came along and braved the inclement weather to enjoy a fantastic event.
“The rain did its best to spoil our plans, causing a fuse to blow in Fountain Square just as our programme of live entertainment was about to get underway.
“But we don’t let a bit of water ruin our plans in Cranleigh and soldiered on to get the Christmas celebrations off to a fantastic start.”
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce’s selected charity for the event was Jigsaw Trust, which provides education and other services to children and young adults with autism. Jigsaw Trust volunteers raised £360 on the evening.