Hosted by Thurrock Council and Grays Town Management Partnership the lights will be turned on on 24th November.
Lewis Mills is the Town Centre Co-ordinator
He said: “It’s going to be bigger and better than ever – it’s definitely going to be a white Christmas in Grays!
“We are urging families to come along, meet the big man himself, sing and dance the day away, enjoy the Christmas market that is going to be on. We will have some headlines acts such as X-Factor Finalist Matt Linnen and TOWIE star Dan Osborne who is performing in the Christmas Panto this year Aladdin at Thameside Theatre.
“This year we have a magic carpet ride in association with Grays Shopping Centre and Thameside Theare. There are four different stations around Grays that you can go and meet different characters of this year’s panto – Aladdin. That will be maybe Dan Osborne playing the Genie. You can go around, go to these stations, get a stamp and once you have all four stamps you can go and meet Santa at Grays Shopping Centre.
“It’s all 100% free and we love to do that because it really helps serve the community. That’s what we really want, everyone to come together and just celebrate the town, Christmas and the Community.”
There is also a charity element to the big switch on.
Lewis continued: “The Mayor is turning on our lights this year and one of her charities is the charity we have chosen for the event which is Giving For Thurrock.
“They are actually a community fund that help provide funding for hundreds local charities, all providing services for local people. If you can come along on the day you’ll see people collecting money and it all goes to helping local causes in Thurrock.”Tags: Grays
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