Wednesday 23rd May 2018

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What’s Happening

Below is a calendar showing all of Ongar's wide range of events, meetings and talks, with something to suit all tastes and ages!
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More Stars, More Christmas Cheer and More Activities at this year’s Ongar Christmas Lights Grand Switch On

The ever popular Ongar Town Forum Christmas Lights Grand Switch On this Friday 2nd December promises to be bigger and better than ever. We are delighted that Chelmsford Radio’s Dom Atkins will be on the stage, introducing the children’s choirs and guests, and getting the crowd into the Christmas spirit. Dom presents the Breakfast show every weekday morning on Chelmsford Radio and tells us he once helped to build a Christmas Grotto in Harrods!! We hope will be telling us more about his Christmas “goodie” or “baddies” on Friday!

Chelmsford Radio's Dom Atkins will be on stage on the night, getting the crowd into the festive spirit!

We are also delighted to be welcoming Dizzy Duck, who will be quacking hello to visitors in the Budworth Hall. Dizzy and his helpers will be offering children (and those young at heart!) face painting, a lucky dip, loads of items to give away and also the chance to get some reindeer food. This reindeer food is very important so Santa’s special helpers are kept nourished and are able to keep going throughout Christmas Eve as they help Santa deliver all the presents. Make sure you pick up your free bag of food for Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen!

There are lots of stalls, and festive entertainment and cheer for all ages from 17:00 and with the high street shops open late, it is also a good chance to get something a little different or unique for your Christmas present lists! 

TOWIE Gemma Collins to Switch on Christmas Lights

Ongar Town Forum are delighted to announce that the arrangements are coming together for the Grand Christmas lights switch-on.

In common with previous years, the switch on is held on the First Friday of December (this year Fri 2nd Dec) and it promises to be bigger and better than ever!  There will be Santa’s Grotto and stalls in the Budworth Hall, including this year there is the chance to have your photograph professionally taken with Santa! Christmas stories and refreshments in the Library with many of the local shops getting in the festive cheer being open until late and decorating their windows.

This year the theme is “The Goodies and Baddies of Christmas”, and all children (and adults) dressing up will be getting sweets.

The parade will take our guests, including Gemma Collins, from “The Only Way is Essex”, into the High Street, for the count-down and grand first switch-on of the festive lights. This will be followed by some seasonal songs and the local school choirs will be adding to the Christmas atmosphere.

Gemma Collins, from ITV's "The Only Way Is Essex" is kindly joining us to switch on the Christmas Lights!!

Further exciting details are being put together, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the very latest updates!