Banbury’s Christmas lights are on
“We’re very proud that Banbury Town Council is still providing the Christmas lights that people are used to and that they expect”
There was a very different feel to the official switching on of Banbury’s Christmas Lights yesterday afternoon. Normally thousands of people would have packed the town centre for one of Banbury’s big annual events. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the switch on was undertaken quietly by a town council staff.
The Christmas lights will now remain on throughout the festive period.
Cllr Kieron Mallon, the Leader of Banbury Town Council, said: “We couldn’t have the usual ‘smells and bells’ with thousands of people milling around in the town centre, so we had a low key switch on.
“We’re very proud that Banbury Town Council is still providing the Christmas lights that people are used to and that they expect.”
The Christmas lights have been switched on just a couple of days before the current lockdown period ends and non-essential shops are allowed to reopen.
Cllr Mallon said: “Come down to the town centre and spend your money. The Town Council is supporting the traders. We ask you now to support the traders.”
Despite the difficult conditions this year Banbury’s councillors and business leaders have attempted to provide COVID safe entertainment to encourage people into the town. Banbury Town Council has joined forces with Banbury BID for the nightly Christmas light show which is being projected onto the Cornhill entrance to the Castle Quay Shopping Centre.
Cllr Mallon encouraged everyone to make the most of these displays: “Enjoy the fantastic light show in Cornhill and enjoy the sparkling lights up and down the pedestrian areas of town.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam