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Saturday, December 3, 2011

See the Christmas lights switch on in Cirencester, and park your car for free!

As Cirencester builds up for the switching on of its Christmas lights on Friday 25th November, Cotswold District Council has agreed to waive parking charges for motorists wishing to attend the opening ceremony.

As Christmas approaches, one of the undoubted highlights in Cirencester is the switching on of the festive lights in the town.  For the second year running, this ceremony also signals the opening of a spectacular Christmas Market.  To mark both occasions, Cotswold District Council will be waiving parking charges at the Beeches and Waterloo car parks from 3.30 pm onwards on 25th.

Commenting on the decision, Cllr David Fowles, the Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“This is a great time of year in the town for many residents and visitors.  By waiving parking charges to coincide with the lights ceremony on 25th November, we believe record numbers of people might come and join in with the festivities.  We also hope that traders in the Advent Market and elsewhere in the town will benefit from this influx of potential customers.”


From 25th November to 11th December, the heart of Cirencester will be transformed by a Christmas Market.  Wooden chalets, each decorated with festive swags and white pea lights, will be selling a wide range of clothes, gifts and toys, together with festive food and drink.

A programme of activities is planned, centred on the Christmas market, but spilling out across the town. This will include the switching on of the lights, the return of the popular and hugely well supported lantern procession, as well as live music and street performances.

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