Castle Quay in Banbury will turn on their brand-new Christmas lights this weekend.


For the very first time the lights inside Castle Quay Shopping, Lock29 and Castle Quay Waterfront will mirror the town’s Christmas lighting as the new decorations light up on November 28 at 4:30pm.


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Within Castle Quay, cylinders of light have been suspended from the Cherwell Court and green fir garlands and Christmas trees will adorn Bridge Walk and Lock29.


Representatives of the Sunshine Centre, Castle Quay’s official charity partner, will have the honour of turning on the lights this year.


Oliver Wren, Centre Director at Castle Quay Shopping Centre said, “The decorations that have been chosen are magnificent – they are classic and sophisticated and very effective. Our LED Christmas tree really stands out on the mall, and I just can’t wait for visitors to see how special all of our installations are.


“Lock29 will also be extending its opening hours to 9pm on Sunday the 28th of November, providing the perfect destination to warm up and eat some of the best street food in Banbury after seeing the lights turn on.”


The decorations selected are also made from organic and recyclable materials to ensure they are eco-friendly.


Banbury Town’s streetlights will be switched on at 5pm by local hero Prabhu Natarajan, who delivered hundreds of food parcels to families during the Covid pandemic.


Town mayor Shaida Hussain who will be on stage with Prabhu for the street light switch-on said: “Banbury will look fabulous this Christmas. There will be a real festive atmosphere and visitors to the town will be thrilled with the new street decorations and beautiful Christmas trees.”


Banbury Town Council has also arranged some fairground rides and choirs will perform on stage in the build-up to the switch-on.


The Christmas light displays, which have been arranged by Banbury Town Council and Banbury Business Improvement District (BID), will also be projected onto the iconic Cornhill entrance to Castle Quay from 5.00pm – 9.45pm every day throughout the festive period.


Leader of Banbury Town Council Kieron Mallon said, “This is the first time The Town Council have been solely responsible for Banbury’s Christmas streetlights, so they are brand new and absolutely spectacular.


“We have invested in a wonderful and colourful display of festive street decorations that will delight people of all ages. Christmas is a season of happiness and goodwill, and the new streetlights will create a magnificent festive atmosphere.”



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