SANTA Claus and live reindeer will be paying a visit to Hoole next weekend when the Christmas lights are switched on during a festive street party.
Santa will arrive by sleigh in Faulkner Street, which will be closed to traffic, at tea time on Saturday, November 15, after which he can be visited in his grotto.
The fun begins from about 5.30pm when the walking parade gets under way with a jazz band, school choirs and cheerleaders before the switch-on at 6.15pm which will be performed by Hoole Cllr Bob Thompson followed by fireworks.
Dee 106.3 breakfast show will be broadcasting live from the event and BiG Storage Cheshire Jets basketball players have been invited.
Last year the event attracted 500 people so to make sure everyone know’s what is going on the event will be relayed via loud speakers and video screens.
Shops will be staying open late. And refreshments will be available including popcorn and candy floss. Mulled wine will be served by The Faulkner pub. There will be a raffle.
Organiser Sharon Brenton, chair of the Hoole lights committee, who runs the Wash 2 Wear business in Charles Street, said: ‘It’s very family oriented and within a safe environment because there’s no traffic and everybody enters into the spirit of it. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic.’
She said many fund-raising events had been held throughout the year to raise money to maintain and improve the Christmas lights which have been “slightly extended” coming into Charles Street.
Mrs Brenton said Cllr Thompson had been “very supportive”.