It's exciting to see towns and cities putting up Christmas lights this time of year as they prepare for the big switch on. I like to see the process of the lights and decorations being put up as the town transforms into a festive place. The switch on though is the best part and it would be nice if I could go to the Christmas Extravaganza at Clarks Village on 17th November (this Thursday), not only are the lights being switched on but there's a chance to meet local Olympians too.
Meet Olympians and Paralympic Heroes
On Thursday 17th November local Olympians and Paralympic heroes, James Guy (swimmer), Jo Frith (archer), and Ed Ling (trap shooter), will be pushing the button and illuminating the village.
Visitors to the village will be able to meet their heroes and ask questions as well as have a photo taken with their favourite star - and they'll even have their medals with them!
Steve Burge, Marketing Manager at Clarks Village said,
We are honoured to be joined by members of Team GB to switch on our Christmas lights this year and cannot wait to welcome everyone for an exciting afternoon and evening of festivities! From an explosive fireworks display and interactive Christmas Trail, to meeting Santa in his sleigh, seeing a wide variety of seasonal performers, including the Military Wives Choir, and enjoying our special Christmas market with homemade gifts and tasty food and drink, there really is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there!
Explore the Village on a Christmas trail, created by the elves, and you'll be in with a chance to win some Clarks Village gift cards. Pick up the Christmas trail from the Tourist Information Centre to earn your candy stripes.
Any trail created by elves is going to be fun and it's a great way to keep the children entertained while you're shopping.
Join in with good old-fashioned carolling, performances start at 3pm with appearances from Somerset Rural Youth Project, Military Wives Choir, Bridgwater Show Choir and Wincanton Silver Choir, with local schools such as Crispin School Choir and Bruton School for Girls Choir.
Do some Christmas shopping while listening to the soothing sounds of Christmas carols - all you need now is some mulled wine!
Starting on Thursday (17th November) and every Thursday until Christmas there'll be the Clarks Village Christmas Market which has a variety of stalls offering local food and drink and handcrafted gifts for all the family. Stop by and find something unique for a loved one while you munch on something tasty.
I love Christmas markets, trying hot food while walking about in the freezing cold and spying unique gifts for the family. Win win I'd say.
To keep the children entertained they can help to create a giant artwork by colouring in sections of a festive scene. They can also create a reindeer food pouch ready for Christmas night.
This may not keep your teens or tweens entertained but the little ones will enjoy the colouring in, and maybe the teens will get into the spirit of Christmas simply by watching - you can only hope.
No festive night would be complete without Santa and he will be walking around the Village between 5:30pm and 6:45pm, so don't forget your camera (or phone)! From 7:15pm until 8:45pm you can meet Santa in his sleigh, with free presents for under 7's.
If you miss Santa at the Christmas Extravaganza don't panic, he'll be back (in between his preparations for Christmas night) at the Village between 6-8pm on 8th, 15th, and 22nd December.
Visitors to the Christmas Extravaganza on 17th November will be eligible to win a £200 Clarks Village gift card. Pick up a data entry postcard during the day and the winner will be selected before 9pm on the evening.
Clarks Village is located in the heart of Somerset and offers shoppers up to 60% off RRP at over 90 high street and designer brands. I wish I lived closer because there's no doubt I would be going to this.
Will you be visiting Clarks Village to meet your Olympic hero?