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Father Christmas Cruise & Xmas Lights Switch On

Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On
Event held: 16 Nov 2013
Time: From 10:00am - Cruises at 11:30am and 2:00pm
Promoter/Organiser: Ambleside Community Christmas Lights
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Town: Ambleside
County: Cumbria
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Ambleside Father Christmas Cruise & Christmas Lights Switch On
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ambleside_christmas_lightsThe annual Ambleside Christmas lights switch-on involves a Father Christmas cruise followed by a parade through the Lake District town at dusk, featuring hundreds of paper lanterns. Young and old turn out to witness the spectacular procession and the Christmas street lights throughout Ambleside town centre are switched on, as if by magic, by Santa Claus!

The 2013 event will have two cruises at 11:30am and 2:00pm and a large skating rink, all-day barbecue and live music. Tickets for the Father Christmas Cruise 2013 cost £12 (TBC - £5 for under 13s) and will be available from F.W. Tyson's mountain boot shop in Market Place, Ambleside. The 2013 schedule has yet to be announced and last year's schedule is below for reference purposes.

Ambleside Father Christmas Cruise & Christmas Lights Switch-On 2012 Schedule:
 
Throughout the day - Refreshments inc. BBQ available in the school playground in Vicarage Road organised by Ambleside Sports Association.
10:00am to 6:00pm - The Skating Rink in the school playground in Vicarage Road, Ambleside opens - a 20 minute session costs £5 and skates can be hired.
10:00am to 12noon - Grand Christmas Fair in aid of Cancer Care at the Kelsick Centre, St.Mary's Lane. Coffee and home made biscuits £1.
11.00am - The first Steamer will be ready for boarding at Waterhead.
12 noon - Market Cross stalls open and the entertainment begins and will include a live reindeer at the Market Place plus street performers, including comedy/folk group Panikatak.
1.30pm - The second Steamer will be ready for boarding at Waterhead
2.00pm - Steamer leaves Waterhead Pier in search of Santa
3.30pm - Steamer returns to Waterhead with Santa on board
4.00pm (approx) - Santa begins his sleigh ride to the Ambleside town centre
4.15pm - The lantern procession departs from Gables Hotel
4.55pm (approx) - The lantern procession returns to Gables Hotel - refreshments available at the Primary School en route to Rothay Park
5.15 to 5.45pm (approx) - Firework display in Rothay Park, Ambleside

The theme of last year's Christmas Lights Best Dressed Window competition was Gold and or Diamonds to mark the Olympics and Paralympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

 
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